AVSI has been working with the refugee population in Dadaab camps since 2011, focusing on education interventions with funds from private donors and the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Populations, Refugees and Migrants (PRM).
AVSI has been recognized as a leader in the fields of education and teacher training. AVSI's interventions are officially recognized by Government authorities and reach the host community as well.
Through years of work in the education sector of the Dadaab refugee camps, AVSI has understood various gaps in the system and its capacity to respond to the needs of all students and teachers, who are the backbone of the system.
Specific gaps include:
Strengthening Basic Education in Dadaab Refugee Camps (2011- 2012)
Results: Increased access to and quality of primary Education for all refugee children in Dadaab, through the rehabilitation of classrooms and improvements in quality of primary education.
Beneficiaries 98,395 (indirect) and 3,570 (direct).
Sustained Improvements to Quality of Basic Education and Education Based Entrepreneurial Learning Models in Dadaab Refugee Camps and Vicinity (2012-2013)
Results: Contributed to enhance quality of education and greater education-based prospects for self-reliance among refugees and host community.
Beneficiaries 57,971 (indirect) and 1,611 (direct)
Education Pathways to Improved Livelihoods and Reduced Dependency: A 2-Year Strategy for Dadaab Refugee Camps (2014 –2016)
Results: Increased self-reliance of refugees and preparedness for voluntary repatriation through strategic education enhancement activities; improved access, quality and validity of continuous education for adults in refugee camps to promote sustainable livelihoods; and provided life skills and peace education training for the refugees' and host community primary school boy and girl scouts and leaders.
Beneficiaries: 89,825 (indirect) and 4,649 (direct).
Responsive and Lasting Education Solutions in Dadaab (ReaL Ed) (2016-2017)
Results: Improved the quality of education in Dadaab through a multi-faceted approach, leading to sustainable improvements in refugee education in the camps and beyond; supported female pre-primary teachers’ professional training with portable cross border recognized documents; held in-service training for the refugee teachers to keep them abreast with curriculum changes; and offered responsive educational and life skills building opportunities for refugee and host community youth through scouting.
Beneficiaries: 89,704 (indirect) and 1,730 (direct).
Last Mile Support for Refugees at the Advent of Voluntary Repatriation in Dadaab (2017 – 2018)
Project Result: Ensured completion of meaningful training by pre-school and primary school teachers in Dadaab, to facilitate dialogue between education stakeholders in Kenya and Somalia to improve school safety and disaster risk preparation and to consolidate scouting as a relevant life skills-building platform for refugee and host community youth.
Beneficiaries: 109,982 (indirect) and 3,530 (direct).