Since Kenya introduced free primary education in 2003, enrolment rates have increased to 84 per cent. However, in some regions, where poverty levels and gender inequality are high, only 19 per cent of girls are enrolled in school.
Although primary education is free, families often must pay for textbooks, uniforms, and teachers’ salaries. Additionally, when children attend school, they are not contributing to the family’s income. These costs and perceived losses make it difficult for families to justify sending a child to school.
Girls and women in Kenya hold untapped potential. Their increased contributions would help Kenya reach its development goals. It is therefore crucial for women to have access to quality education and skills training.
At a glance
52.2 million national population
42% living below the poverty line
74% female literacy
30.5% girls married before age 18
3.4% employed in tourism industry
Our Work in Kenya
We started working in Kenya in 2015.
We work with 1 local projects in Kenya.
We have directly impacted the lives of 421 young women.