Kenya

Program Spotlight

MEDA Early Childhood Development Program

Founded in 1997, the Malindi Education and Development Association (MEDA) aims to eradicate illiteracy by employing various strategies including Early Childhood Development (ECD) centers in Malindi, Kenya. Operating under the Kenya Community Development Foundation’s early childhood development program, each ECD center provides education integrated within the Islamic Madrasa system, thus incorporating local culture. MEDA supports teachers and caregivers by training them in topics including education, health, mentorship and learning methods.

Background on Kenya

The education space in Kenya is dynamic and constantly evolving. Although Kenya instituted Free Primary Education in 2003, the government still has challenges reaching all of its school-aged population, especially those in marginalized or rural communities. As such, a vibrant non-state sector is playing a significant role in Kenya, seeking to deliver, augment, or coordinate with the government to provide education services to Kenya’s youth.

CEI has profiled nearly 120 innovative programs operating in Kenya. The majority of these were launched in Kenya, while others originated elsewhere but have expanded their operations and programming to include Kenya. This Database at a Glance report will highlight some of the popular approaches and emerging models observed from the CEI database, in order to provide a glimpse into Kenya’s education landscape.

Database At-A-Glance

Click below to read our Database-at-a-Glance report and find highlights from six common approaches & characteristics across ECD models. Learn about programs focusing on:

1) Student Support
2) Education Delivery
3) School Support
4) Skills for Work
5) Education Technology
6) Girls' Education


Kenya's education system includes both free primary education and a vibrant non-state sector to augment government services.

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