Alternative Provision of Basic Education

The program provides quality, alternative basic education opportunities for out-of-school children and youth in the Dadaab refugee camps and its pastoralist host communities.

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting

Location Data

Garissa (Dadaab refugee camps and host community)Rural

The Alternative Basic Education in Dadaab and Host Communities was designed to respond to the in-common education needs of both refugee and host communities. While much separates these communities, much unites them in terms of children’s rights and needs for safe, secure, and quality learning environments and education. The project  aims to increase access to and improve learning outcomes for girls and boys in the Dadaab refugee camps and pastoral host communities of Fafi and Dadaab (formally Lagdera) by expanding quality alternative basic education opportunities for out-of-school children and youth.

The alternative basic education (ABE) exists as a non-formal education framework in Kenyan policy. This project aims to ensure the implementation of the policy. The project reaches out to the out of school children and youth in the designated communities and provides them with an avenue through which they can enroll in some form of education that is flexible and suited to their needs and circumstances. It provides a more non-formal way but still with linkages that allow for a possibility of re-entry or transition to formal schooling.

Upon conducting advocacy in the communities to encourage families into education including sensitization on the importance of ECDE, girl child education and gender equality pertaining to the rights and needs for equal education access and child protection, the project has established Alternative Basic Education (ABE) centers in Dadaab and Fafi.

Children aged between 5 and 17 attend the ABE center at no cost. Local teachers are given additional training to deliver the ABE government curriculum effectively. Centre Board Management Committees are established and trained by the project and Local education officials trained in ABE center quality control for ongoing monitoring.

ABE centers provide free catch-up classes (accelerated learning programs), basic literacy classes, basic vocational skills, Early Childhood Education and Development (ECDE). The program in the ABE centers allows for morning, afternoon and evening classes (for nomadic schools) such that ECDE and catch-up classes are undertaken in the morning and, on the other hand, literacy and vocational skills conducted in the same venue in the afternoons and evenings. The program is aligned with the joint education strategy for Dadaab 2012-2015 which was developed by UNICEF, UNHCR and other education stakeholders in the Dadaab refugee camps.

The project provides a flexible delivery model for education through the alternative basic eduction centres and focuses on out of school children and youth who have missed the opportunity to access education.

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