UNICEF launches education campaign in Kenya
06 October 2015, 18:05
Nairobi - The UN children's fund (UNICEF),
together with Educate A Child (EAC), a program of Qatar's Education Above All
Foundation, has launched a project to accelerate access to education for
children in the most remote areas of Kenya.
The program, Operation Come-To-School, seeks to reach out to
300,000 kids in the East African nation by 2018, the two agencies said in a
joint statement issued in Nairobi on Tuesday.
The program will help children in the arid and semi-arid
lands in northern Kenya, and informal urban settlements in Nairobi and the
"UNICEF is committed to supporting the government of
Kenya to ensure that out-of-school children are not denied one of their most
basic human rights - the right to education," said Pirkko Heinonen, Acting
Interim Representative of UNICEF in Kenya.
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Heinonen said the program is in line with Kenya's Ministry
of Education's 2014-2018 National Education Sector Program to accelerate access
to education for the most marginalised children.
Kenya has nearly 1.5 million children, aged 6-13 years old,
who are out of school due to poverty, child marriage and gender-related
The programme will focus on improving demand for education
to increase school enrolment and attendance; enhancing school facilities,
including construction of classrooms, solar lighting and sanitation facilities;
strengthening in-school teaching and the learning process through a child-friendly
school approach; providing mobile schools and alternative basic education so
that nomadic children can access education, and strengthening the county's
"The agreement with UNICEF Kenya represents an
important additional milestone to our efforts to ensure every out-of-school
child in the country is given the opportunity for a basic education," said
EAC director Mary Joy Pigozzi.
"As we continue to push for universal primary
education, it is through the local expertise of our partners that we will make
a difference for children and communities across Kenya," she added.
The Qatari foundation has been a partner of UNICEF since