The Active Inclusion Project is a collaboration between KMET, UNICEF and The Ministry of Education Science and Technology through The Kisumu Municipal Education Office to ensure that the Most Vulnerable Children (MVC) living in 5 informal settlements in Kisumu Municipality are able to access and complete 9 years of basic education at Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) and Primary School levels. The 12,700 targeted MVC will include in-school children who are at risk of dropping out and out-of-school children. The project is designed to complement the Kisumu Municipal Education office’s efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goal 2 which is to achieve universal primary education.

Components

  • Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE)
  • Primary Education
  • Social Mobilization and Advocacy (SMA)

Project Objectives

  • To increase access to Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) for children ages 4 to 5 years in 5 informal settlements in Kisumu Municipality.
  • To improved access, retention and completion rates among marginalized primary school-age children, especially girls, in 5 informal settlements in Kisumu Municipality.
  • To strengthen sustainability of Most Vulnerable Children basic education interventions through partnerships between the target communities and stakeholders in 5 informal settlements.

30 schools were selected due to the high drop-out rates within the schools (especially for girls) accompanied by low academic performance and low participation of parents in school issues.  According to the 30 school communities vulnerability was described by communities in various dimensions:-

  • Children with parents that have low income levels within households and cannot afford to provide basic needs.
  • Children living with caregivers who are ignorant of children’s rights.
  • Children orphaned and have no adult caregivers to take care of their needs.
  • Children who live in rescue centers and lack basic necessities i.e. Teenage girls.

The goal of the ECDE component is to improve access Early Childhood Development and Education for all children ages 4-5 years living in 5 informal settlements in Kisumu Municipality. The ECDE component targets identification and enrolment of 3900 of the most vulnerable children. The Primary Education component also targets 3900 MVC for identification, enrollment/re-enrollment and facilitated the retention of 4,900 children who constitute the number retained during the pilot phase in 2011. The total beneficiaries of the Primary Education component will thus be 7800 children (5460 girls and 2340 boys).

Furthermore, the Primary Education component facilitates identification, re-enrollment and retention of girls and teenage mothers who have dropped-out of school. Opportunities for remedial classes are also offered to 60 teenage girls/mothers to enable them to eventually sit for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination. The Social Mobilization and Advocacy component employs social transformation strategies to mobilize stakeholders, facilitate active community involvement, and strengthen partnerships. The goal of this component is to enhance ownership and resource mobilization for project sustainability and facilitate participatory monitoring and evaluation of the entire project.  

Expected Results

  • Increased access to early childhood development and education (ECDE) for 3, 900 children (2730 girls and 1170 boys) ages 4 to 5 years in 5 informal settlements in Kisumu Municipality.
  • Improved access and completion rates to primary education for 3, 900 out-of and in-school MVCs (2670 girls and 1170 boys) and 60 teenage mothers in 5 informal settlements in Kisumu Municipality.
  • Strengthened sustainability of basic education interventions for MVC in 5 informal settlements through partnerships between 30 communities and 16 stakeholders.