Project profile — Creating Safer Schools in Kenya


Plan International Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-0010011149)
2014-07-07 - 2020-09-30
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Kenya (100.00%)


• Primary education:
Primary education (11220) (30.00%)
Early childhood education (11240) (20.00%)
• Human rights:
Human rights (15160) (20.00%)
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (20.00%)
• Other Social Infrastructure And Services: Social/welfare services (16010) (5.00%)
• Communication: Information and communication technology (ICT) (22040) (5.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (principal objective)
• Indigenous Issues (significant objective)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (significant objective)


This initiative aims to improve the safety and quality of school and community environments for 120,000 vulnerable girls and boys in Kwale and Kilifi counties. The initiative supports governments and community organizations to improve access to safe and high quality learning environments, to strengthen child protection systems and increase birth registry with the objective of reducing early marriage, violence, and abuse of children. The initiative fosters innovation and harnesses the strengths of Kenya’s vibrant mobile technology industry to pilot initiatives such as digital birth registration. Some initiative activities include: (i) training and mentoring people responsible for child protection, including teachers, health staff, police, judiciary to identify, report and refer cases of child abuse, and help rehabilitate and reintegrate children; (ii) training and mentoring members of school management committees and community-based organizations to detect and prevent abuse and exploitation and take action against offenders; (iii) establishing and strengthening child protection units, and support groups for survivors of abuse and their families; (iv) setting up a system for community based reporting of child protection cases using mobile phone technology; (v) establishing a teacher-offenders database to increase the number of cases reported and to institutionalize reference checks for teachers seeking employment; (vi) supporting the expansion of Kenya's national child helpline; (vii) developing a pilot digital birth registration system and supporting awareness campaigns to prevent early marriage and promote birth registration; (viii) reviewing policy and legislation to identify gaps and action needed to address child protection in schools and communities; and (ix) supporting the establishment of equitable water and sanitation facilities for girls and boys in 40 schools.

Expected results 

The expected intermediate outcomes for this initiative include: (i) increased efficiency of government institutions, the national child helpline, schools and community-based mechanisms to prevent, detect, and respond to cases of early marriage, school violence, child abuse and exploitation; (ii) strengthened systems for universal birth registration; (iii) improved quality, safety, and inclusiveness of school environments, especially for girls; and (iv) child protection integrated in national and county education policies.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (December 2020) include: (1) over 1.8 million children benefited from safe and protective spaces to improve learning in Kwale and Kilifi counties in Kenya; (2) 4,450 students (of which 2,225 girls) and 189 teachers from 90 schools trained in sanitation and hygiene through the Personal Hygiene and Sanitation Education program; (3) 254 teachers (of which 133 women) trained in the Early Assessment Resource Centre guidelines on the identification, assessment and referral of girls and boys with special needs in schools; (4) 7,620 parents and caregivers (of which 5,258 women) and 9,550 children (of which 4,727 girls) trained in the safe spaces program; (5) 358 teachers (of which 180 women) trained on child protection, alternative approaches to discipline and parenting; (6) 520,000 people reached to improve knowledge, attitudes and practices in birth registration, resulting to a 355% increase in birth registration in targeted districts; (7) 39 girl-friendly latrines constructed in partner schools; (8) 40 new classrooms built to Kenyan national standards; (9) completed the construction of the Child Protection Unit in Kwale county and the Child Protection Centre in Kilifi county; and (10) delivered library boxes to 90 schools. These results improved the quality, safety, and inclusiveness of school environments, especially for girls. They also increased the efficiency of governmental institutions, school, and community mechanisms to prevent, detect, and respond to cases of school violence, abuse, and children’s exploitation.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
09-07-2020 Disbursement $547,822
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Donor country personnel
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