Project profile — Learning Through Education and Access to Skills for Employment for Refugees and Host Communities


WUSC - World University Service of Canada (CA-CRA_ACR-3119304848)
2019-12-23 - 2024-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Kenya (100.00%)


• Basic Education: Primary education (11220) (25.00%)
• Secondary education:
Secondary education (11320) (25.00%)
Vocational training (11330) (50.00%)

Policy marker 

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


This project aims to empower adolescent girls and young women in the Kalobeyei settlement and the Kakuma refugee camp, and host communities of the Turkana district of Kenya. The project works to improve the enrolment and retention of girls in upper primary and secondary school levels in Kalobeyei and surrounding communities, and to provide gender responsive job market-based skills training in Kalobeyei and Kakuma. The project works towards building girl-friendly school environments, providing targeted learning support to adolescent girls and young women, and generating parent and community support for girls’ education. Project activities include: (1) improving the pedagogical skills of approximately 180 teachers in 15 schools (8 host and 7 refugee) to ensure that lessons are planned and delivered in a quality, gender-responsive and inclusive manner, and in a safe classroom environment; (2) providing remedial lessons that provide additional study time to approximately 2,800 adolescent girls and young women at risk of dropping out due to poor performance; (3) engaging parents, community (particularly men and boys), and religious leaders to foster safe and supportive environments for girls’ education and to mitigate the risk of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV); (4) delivering multi-media campaign on gender equitable participation in skills training and trades; and (5) supporting young women through mentorship programs that support life-skills. It is expected that the project will directly benefit 6,515 girls, adolescent girls and young women (between the ages of 12 and 25) and, indirectly, 42,465 beneficiaries (including 6,798 boys enrolled within the targeted schools).

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved learning outcomes from girls (between the ages of 12 and 18) and young women (between the ages of 19 and 25), particularly refugees, at upper primary and secondary school levels in Kalobeyei; and (2) increased employment of young women (between the ages of 19 and 25), including refugees and out-of-school young women, in gender responsive, market-based skills training in the Kalobeyei settlement, host communities and Kakuma refugee camp.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) 636 young women received vocational skills training on savings and loans methodology, business skills and digital literacy; (2) mentored 467 young women and delivered life skills training; (3) delivered interactive radio shows in Swahili centred on the equitable participation of young women in the formal and informal workforce reached 45,335 people in Kakuma, Kalobeyei and surrounding communities; (4) enrolled 731 girls in remedial classes in primary and secondary schools; (5) trained 284 community mobilizers, teachers and remedial teachers on child protection and safeguarding policies, prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual and gender-based violence; and (6) supported 1,201 households through cash transfers to keep their girls in school.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $534,630
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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