5,701 Out of School Girls benefit from the Education for Life Project


ActionAid International Kenya is celebrating the closure of The Education for Life (EfL) project, a 4.5-year FCDO-funded project implemented in a consortium of Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) Kenya and Leonard Cheshire (LC). The Education for Life (EfL) project under the Leave No Girl Behind (LNGB) funding window was aimed at bringing about accelerated literacy and numeracy outcomes and life skills for the most marginalized Out of School Girls (OOSG) in underserved targeted counties of Isiolo, Garissa, Migori, Kisumu and Kilifi by transforming their educational and vocational attainment and lives.

Girls who benefited from the project together with EFL Project consortium representatives during the project close out meeting that was held in Nairobi.

More specifically, the Education for Life project worked with severely marginalized girls (5,000) and boys (500) aged 10–19 and distributed as 70% never enrolled in school; 30% having had some interface with the formal school system but dropped out without gaining basic education and 30% with disability.

In its 4.5 years of implementation, the project recruited and enrolled 5701 Out of School Girls, including 541 girls with disability who underwent 6 to 9 months of literacy and numeracy sessions, including life skills. Of these, 573 girls re-enrolled back to school, 743 transitioned to Vocational training, 1961 to entrepreneurship and 1898 to an apprenticeship.

“The Education for Life Project has been a journey of transforming out of schoolgirls. With our partners, we have impacted girls in five counties of Isiolo, Garissa, Migori, Kisumu and Kilifi.” Susan Otieno, Executive Director ActionAid International Kenya

In addition, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, the project developed Guidelines on Accelerated Education Programmes to facilitate access to quality education and training for youth and out-of-school learners. It also supported Garissa and Migori Counties in developing their respective counties’ Gender policies and TIVET Bill 2022 for Kisumu County.

ActionAid International Kenya (AAIK) is a Kenyan Organization and an affiliate of ActionAid International, working in 45 countries across the Globe. ActionAid in Kenya facilitates processes that eradicate poverty and seek social justice through anti-poverty initiatives, local institutional capacity building and public policy influencing processes. AAIK partners with communities and organizations at local, county, national and international levels to advocate for the voices and leadership of women and girls in leading and participating in democratic processes and development agenda.

Author: Ezra Kiriago (Communications Coordinator, ActionAid Kenya) 

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