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Transforming lives in Kenya


Education Development Trust is helping to transform the lives of some 124,000 girls in Kenya by ensuring not only that they are able to go to school, but also that they can then stay in school and that they receive a good quality education while they are there.

The context


The UK Department for International Development’s Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) is helping up to a million of the world’s poorest girls improve their lives through education by funding 37 projects across 18 countries. Wasichana Wote Wasome (WWW) in Kenya is one such project and Education Development Trust is heading up this life-changing, large-scale project.

As consortium lead for the project, we are employing new and effective ways to get girls into school, help keep them there, and make sure they receive a good quality education – and we are ensuring that our solution is sustainable for generations to come. The programme is improving school enrolment, retention, attendance, and learning outcomes as we work with 530 primary, secondary, vocational, non-traditional schools and family-life education centres across Kenya.

The complex and demanding project is being delivered at scale across Kenya, supporting the work of schools and the communities they serve. Who benefits? Girls living in two very different contexts: the arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) of Turkana, Marsabit, Samburu, Tana River, Kwale and Kilifi (279 schools) and urban slums in Mombasa and Nairobi (251 schools).

Our pivotal role is to lead a multidisciplinary consortium to provide schools and communities with technical expertise in: school improvement; teacher training and behaviour change programmes at a national scale; girls' education, protection and rights; community mobilisation and cash transfers; primary health care, school health and non-state slum education; and monitoring, research and evaluation in education.

Our solution


Our solution is to effect a fundamental cultural and behavioural change – and to make sure it lasts. How do we do this? By adopting a comprehensive and co-ordinated approach with our interventions. Our four-fold, holistic approach directly targets not only the girls themselves but also the communities in which they live, their homes and the schools.

The girl

  • 480 operational child rights clubs and health clubs in project schools to increase pupils' readiness to learn by improving their physical and psychosocial well-being, their self-confidence, their aspirations to succeed in education, and their awareness of child rights
  • 70,000 girls de-wormed and receiving vitamin supplements
  • Study groups for older girls in 200 schools to provide time for girls to do homework away from the home – providing increased learning time for 4,000 girls

The girl at home

  • Training for 1,000 community health volunteers who will conduct 12,000 home visits to persuade parents/carers to send all school-age girls to school, advise families on health issues, and provide referral services where needed
  • 6,700 cash transfers to provide financial support for the poorest households in urban slumsDistribution of 14,000 back to school kits for girls, including uniforms and stationery
  • Distribution of 10,375 solar lamps to girls to boost their learning outcomes

The girl in the community

  • 385 'community conversations' and forums held in local communities to engage them in enrolment campaigns and resource mobilisation, as well as encouraging more support for girls’ education and acceptance of girls' rights
  • 30 vijanas groups (youth conversation units) for both girls and boys to challenge attitudes to girls' education from an early age

The girl at school

  • 2,700 teachers coached and trained in gender-sensitive pedagogy across 545 schools
  • 102 staff equipped to provide teacher training and 90 trained teacher coaches in future years
  • Supporting School Management Committees and headteachers to develop gender responsive school development plans, including developing whole-school behaviour change programmes for 400 schools
  • Improvements to school infrastructure to make schools more girl friendly
  • £50,000 school bursary fund to cover exam fees for between 10,000 and 12,000 girls in need

The results


By 2017, the project will lead to:

  • Enrolment of 3,900 out-of-school girls into primary schools
  • Retention of 6,400 marginalised girls
  • Increased learning and attendance of 64,000 marginalised girls

Our skills


In order to successfully deliver products and programmes that transform lives, we deploy a vast range of specialist skills and expertise. Here are just some of our core competences that underpinned our success on this programme:

  • Capacity building to provide sustainable solutions
  • Specialist expertise and experience in community accountability
  • Designing and deploying powerful teacher professional development
  • Cost-effective consortium management
  • Robust financial management 

Mid-line attainments


  • 7,450 out of school girls enrolled - target exceeded by 90%
  • School attendance in intervention schools improved by 5% - from 84% to 89% - over and above the comparison schools - target exceeded by 2%, with attainment at 160%
  • 2,700 teachers trained on gender sensitive teaching and improved pedagogy - target exceeded by 35%
  • Learning improved in intervention schools by 0.4SD (standard deviation) over the comparison schools
  • 18,077 girls accessing additional health and social support against the original target of 6,000