Factors currently hindering girl’s education in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps
• The cost of education – ensuring that communities, parents, and children can afford to school.
• Poor school environments – ensuring that girls have access to a safe school environment devoid of the conflicts in the region
• The weak position of women and girls in society – ensuring that society and parents value the education of girls.
• Conflict – ensuring that children who are excluded due to perennial conflicts have access to schooling.
• Social exclusion – dominant harmful practices including child marriage, sexual violence, and FGM. Hence, ensuring that girls are not discontinued from school as a result of the above
• Lack of overall communal goodwill, mentorship, and leadership.
• Failure to improve the access to and quality of schooling for girls.
The Girls Education Equity Project is a three-level program seeking to link men, boys, and communities to education service providers including government and other agencies for purposes of increasing primary school admission and retention. The project is premised on the belief that boys, men and community participation in girl’s education are a key missing link. Community involvement is clearly related to improved access, and there is growing evidence that community involvement also improves the quality of education offered.