Expansion of Operation-Come-To-School, Kenya

EAC and UNICEF have been working together to increase access to quality primary education to some of Kenya’s most disadvantaged out of school children (OOSC) since 2015. By tackling poverty, lacking school infrastructure and challenging geography, amongst other barriers, EAC and UNICEF are now collaborating to reach an additional 250,000 OOSC across the country.

Expansion of Operation-Come-To-School, Kenya

UNICEF Kenya continues to focus on delivering quality education to some of the hardest-to-reach children in close partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. A UNICEF Kenya sponsored study revealed that, over the last 15 years, the number of Kenya’s primary level OOSC who have never attended school decreased by 800,000, reflecting a significant achievement in meeting the challenge of educating OOSC in the last two decades.

Building on the groundwork laid previously, the new EAC/UNICEF Expansion of Operation Come-to-School project, ultimately, seeks to increase the number of OOSC enrolled and retained in education throughout Kenya. Specifically, the project will address several critical barriers to access for out of school children, including:

  • Cultural and social norms such as nomadic lifestyles, boys’ education preference over girls’, gender stereotypes, early marriage, enrolment of early grade learners in religious education over formal education, and stigma and discrimination of children with a disability;
  • Child labour and child commercial sex and drug and substance abuse;
  • Insufficient infrastructure, including boarding facilities, and long distances to school; and
  • Lack of child-friendly learning environments due to lack of teaching and learning materials, lack of adequately trained teachers, in particular for those with disabilities, and WASH facilities.

The project will concentrate on the most vulnerable and marginalised boys and girls, including those with disabilities in arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL counties) of Baringo, Garissa, Isiolo, Kajiado, Kilifi, Kwale, Mandera, Marsabit, Narok, Samburu, Tanariver, Turkana, Wajir, West Pokot, as well as Bungoma and urban informal settlements in Nairobi.


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EAC and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) are partnering in Chad, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Yemen to bring quality basic education to over 3.3 million children.




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.