Inclusive Education and Protection

Empowering Communities

Inclusive education and child protection

Children are often the most vulnerable to trauma and suffering as a result of disasters and poverty. Protecting them and ensuring their welfare is a priority in all our work. Drawing on Islamic teachings, we are mainstreaming child protection and ensuring that our programmes are child-focussed.

a. Protection and child welfare

Programme objective: Deliver consistent support to sponsored orphans and their families to meet their basic needs and improve health, wellbeing and protection in Garissa, Mandera and Wajir counties.

Working to realise the rights of the child is at the heart of our programmes. We are serving children in societies in which they have experienced life-threatening challenges including hunger, disease, abuse and exploitation, disasters, conflicts and radicalisation. Our interventions are designed to guarantee children their right to protection, development, survival and participation. Our orphan sponsorship programme, the oldest of all our programmes in Kenya, ensures that vulnerable children and their families can afford the necessities of life such as food, clothing, shelter and education. We are also strengthening the economic capacity of the households benefiting from the sponsorship programme through income generation activities, microfinance schemes and vocational skills training.

b. Inclusive basic education

Programme objective: Improve access to quality integrated basic education and care for learners in vulnerable and marginalised schools.

Children are often excluded from school because of disability, race, language, religion, gender and poverty. Yet education is a basic human right and a foundation for a more just and equal society. Islamic Relief is supporting the Ministry of Education to strengthen the capacity of the education system to support all learners. 

To create greater access to education for all children, we are supporting the government to create conducive school learning environments through infrastructural improvements, connecting water supplies to schools, training teachers on the new curriculum implementation, and providing teaching and educational materials for children with special needs. We are also advancing inclusive education by engaging community and faith leaders to create awareness on the importance of education in order to improve school enrolment, retention and transition among pupils in primary school.