Education for Marginalized Children in Kenya II

Funding Level:
US$17.8 million

November 1, 2006 – October 31, 2014

Activity Goals:

  • Improve teaching and learning in Kiswahili, English and Mathematics
  • Improve effectiveness, efficiency and accountability of school management, and improved parents and communities’ participation to support reading outcomes
  • Strengthen Ministry of Education delivery systems at cluster and district levels to enhance learning outcomes in Kiswahili, English and Mathematics
  • Increase equitable access to education for 120,000 children in crisis and conflict environments

Activity Accomplishments:

  • Established 88 reading clubs, benefitting over 13,839 pupils
  • Established mini‐libraries that provided 806 schools with story books
  • Trained 3,188 teachers on Reading to Learn methodology. Of these, 2,992 also completed Reading to Learn phase II training in numeracy
  • Reached 17,166 community members with school development plans to promote a culture of reading in schools

Key Partners:
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology

Aga Khan Foundation East Africa; Coastal Rural Support Programme; The Kenya School Improvement Program; Madrassa Resource Centre; Habiba International, Women and Youth Affairs; Girl Kind Organization; Womankind Kenya; Junior Achievement; Daraja Civic Initiatives Forum; Dignitas Project and key Ministry of Education Directorates in Kenya

Activity Locations:
Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Lamu, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale and Nairobi City Counties


Education for Marginalized Children of Kenya II is a USAID-supported initiative of the Ministry of Education and Aga Khan Foundation. It increases access to quality education opportunities for primary school children marginalized by cultural practices, conflict and poverty. The activity focuses on improving learning outcomes and implementing evidence-based school management reforms. Community-based organizations work closely with the activity to encourage effective learning through parental and community participation, promotion of local initiatives, and improved teaching and education management.


Education for Marginalized Children of Kenya II is improving access and retention rates for children historically underserved by the education system.

Activities encourage community and parental participation in all aspects of school life, strengthen school management and leadership practices, and improve teaching practices and learning environments at the early childhood development, lower primary, upper primary, and lower secondary levels, including at informal community and Koranic schools.

The project introduces literacy and numeracy.   It sensitizes teachers and school managers to the needs of students from marginalized populations (pastoralists, girls, people with disabilities, orphans, and other vulnerable children).  It improves coordination and dialogue with education policymakers and leaders to inform the national education strategy and enable key officials in the Ministry of Education to scale up successful practices.


Education for Marginalized Children in Kenya provides ten-day training courses for teachers on the Reading-to-Learn teaching methodology. Teachers then translate this training to children with a student-friendly method of teaching.

“I am very happy because we are many strides ahead now, compared to previous years before we were enrolled in the program. Teachers are knowledgeable such that they deliver the best to the children. The method is suitable for 99 percent of the children,” says Mrs. Pauline Kalinde of Twin Star Education Center.

To promote ongoing professional development of teachers, Education for Marginalized Children and partners trained 3,188 early grade teachers in 2013 on the Reading to Learn literacy methodology. Of these, 2,992 also completed Reading to Learn phase II training in numeracy. These teachers receive further mentoring and support throughout the year.

USAID Contact:
Dr. T. Wambui Gathenya
Activity Manager, USAID/Kenya
Education and Youth Office
Tel: +254 20 862 2000

Education for Marginalized Children of Kenya II Contact:
Alex Alubisia, Chief of Party
Aga Khan Education Foundation
Tel: +254 20 232 3233


Updated January 2014

Last updated: April 07, 2014

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