Kenya

Program Spotlight

KCDF Early Childhood Grant Program

In 2004, the Kenya Community Development Forum (KCDF) launched a partnership with the Bernard Van Leer Foundation to support organizations implementing community-based early childhood education programs in Malindi, Kilifi, Mwingi, and Garissa. To date, KCDF has given 9 grants totaling USD$767,125 to community organizations. The grants have allowed the organizations to provide holistic early childhood development to more than 80,000 children aged 0-8 years old. 

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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