Project completed implementation in March 2023
ActionAid’s Education for Life (EfL), Kenya project worked with up to 5,000 highly marginalised 10 to 19-year-old, out-of-school girls and 500 boys in the counties of Isiolo, Garissa, Migori, Kisumu and Kilifi. Of these, 1,500 of the girls and all 500 of the boys were children with disabilities.
The EfL project provided both out-of-school learning activities and improvements to existing school provision to address teaching quality, curricula, school environments and management practices. It also contributed to improved life chances of marginalised girls by tackling barriers such as child marriage, female genital mutilation, gender norms, stigma, discrimination and violence.
- Established and delivered ‘catch-up’ classes in community spaces through moveable classroom facilities and specially-trained teacher-mentors near villages in hard-to-reach areas.
- Offered psycho-social support and adolescent sexual reproductive health training for girls and boys, by community health volunteers, in ‘safe’ spaces through counselling and community sessions.
- Provided assistive devices and specialised Personal Integrated Therapy for girls with disability and scholastic kits for all children (learning materials, dignity kits) with extra additions for young mothers and girls with disabilities to support their attendance.
- Introduced a modified, context-specific curriculum and individualised education plans.
- Addressed issues around Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) through the structured integration of GESI standards by teachers.
- Promoted more favourable views towards girls’ education in the community with a focus on early marriage, pregnancy and female genital mutilation.