Main Barriers to Education
- Nomadic populations
- Gender discrimination
Interventions to Barriers
- Community engagement
- School rehabilitation & construction
- Teacher training & support
- Mobile schools & WASH facilities
In the aftermath of the 2007 post-election crisis, Kenya’s government introduced a new constitution, which necessitated various education initiatives. Chief among which was the Task Force on the Re-alignment of the Education Sector to the Constitution mandated to investigate education management, structure, policy and curriculum. Moreover, in 2013 the Basic Education Act was passed to operationalise the regulatory adjustments made necessary by the new constitution; redefine basic education to include primary and secondary levels; and oblige the government to provide free basic and compulsory education.
Though the government has taken positive steps regarding education sector reform, an array of challenges abound, inhibiting access and quality. In particular, Kenya has formidable pockets of poverty in rural and urban settings, which give rise to child labour. Also, oftentimes children living with HIV, disabilities and special needs, as well as girls and adolescent mothers, face discrimination.
In the face of these challenges, EAC has locked arms with the Girl Child Network, UNICEF and UNHCR to break down the aforementioned barriers to education. Through respective projects, EAC and its partners will increase community engagement to support girls’ education and advocate for corresponding public policies; improve school infrastructure through construction and rehabilitation, including the addition of WASH facilities; and ensure safe-learning environments and enhanced data analysis to promote better learning outcomes.
Geographic Location: East Africa
Languages: English (official), Kiswahili (official), numerous indigenous languages
Educate A Child (EAC) has partnered with UNHCR to bring quality primary education to refugee children in 12 priority countries.
As the global refugee protection agency, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is responsible for ensuring that refugee children have access to quality education in their countries of asylum. There are over 2.7 million refugee children out of school in 12 targeted project countries.
Project Operation Come to School Kenya will be implemented in eight counties and one coastal island. This will result in 300,000 OOSC enrolled along with 50 schools rehabilitated and equipped with improved teaching and learning materials.
In Kenya, EAC and Girl Child Network (GCN) are working through the Our Right to Learn! project to ensure that children, especially girls, facing barriers to realising their right to education have the opportunity to access a full course of primary education.