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OUPEA extends reach into northern Kenya

OUPEA extends reach into northern Kenya

01 March 2017

In late 2016, OUP East Africa (OUPEA) ran a campaign in northern Kenya, aiming to reach teachers and students in areas that have previously experienced security concerns, resulting in difficulty receiving services more readily available in other parts of Kenya.

One such area is Samburu, which has a population of 223,947. Many of its people are nomadic pastoralists, and it has a student population estimated at 40,000. A 2012 UNESCO report indicated that—due to the nomadic lifestyle, harsh climatic conditions, and financial limitations—high numbers of children in the region had never been to school.

The introduction of free primary education in Kenya helped with access to learning, but supplementary costs (such as school uniforms and textbooks) coupled with the distance of travelling to school, prevented many parents investing in their children’s education.

By working closely with the County Government of Samburu, OUPEA started the ‘Reaching the Far-flung North’ project, receiving data of 338 schools. In the first phase of the project, OUPEA worked with the Maralal Sub-county Education Officer, who ensured 77 of the primary schools received OUPEA resources.