Project

Our Right to Learn!

In Kenya, EAC and Girl Child Network (GNC) are working through the Our Right to Learn! project to ensure that children, especially girls, facing barriers to realizing their right to education can access and complete a full course of primary education.

The Our Right to Learn! project aims to enrol 31,350 out of school children (OOSC).  It channels funds toward expansion of the GCN programs to focus more directly on reaching out of school girls (OOSG). It involves enroling an estimated 22,000 OOSG in targeted territories in Kajiado, Narok, Garissa, and Wajir, increasing community engagement to support girls’ education, and advocating for public policies that support greater access to education for girls. Due to the expansive territory and unique communities targeted, GCN partners with community-based organizations on the ground to engage specific stakeholders. The project will also enhance the capacity of girls and boys to manage their reproductive health and nutrition in 30 primary schools and ensure a “girl-friendly” environment in at least 30 schools in Kajiado County.

As the leading advocate for the rights of the girl child in Kenya, GCN has attracted an impressive array of international and private sector donors. This support, along with the project’s community involvement and monitoring will contribute to the project’s long-term sustainability. Sustainability will also be furthered by GCN’s focus on changing cultural norms to garner community support and on involving the government in all aspects of the project.

Partners

Girl Child Network

EAC and Girl Child Network have partnered to provide 31,500 out of school children in marginalized, arid, and semi-arid regions of Kenya with quality basic education.

Countries

Kenya

Kenya

Located in East Africa, Kenya shares borders with five other countries and the Indian Ocean. The country is home to 42 distinct ethnic groups, comprising a population of approximately 38.6 million. For the most part, Kenya’s recent history has been characterised by relatively peaceful and stable domestic relations, though in 2007 post-election violence brought to the fore ethnic tensions, which reversed hard-earned socio-economic gains. Since then the government has sought to make education reform central to the social pillar of its initiative Kenya Vision 2030.