Access to education is still compromised in various parts of the country with the marginalized groups and pastoral communities bearing the brunt of inaccessibility and inequality. Hakijamii in collaboration with other stakeholders has endeavored to advocate for the full realization of the right to education as per Article 43 of the Constitution of Kenya through active advocacy, creating awareness and promotion of the right to education, policy engagement, public interest litigation, conducting research and advocating for resource allocation.
The Education Programme Contributes to Hakijamii’s overall Mission through the following approaches:
- Active Global and National campaigns and advocacy on the realization of Free and Compulsory Basic Education.
- Strengthening the capacity of marginalized communities and creating space for them to participate directly and effectively in defining, advocating and realizing the right to education.
- Conducting research and survey on the state of Non formal schools in Nairobi Informal settlements which focused on Mukuru, Mathare and Kibra to further advocacy engagements within Non formal schools in Nairobi County on APBET Policy and APBET Guidelines 2015.
- Development of Right to Education Index which highlighted important indicators on access and availability of quality education in Kenya. This initiative further informed our international Level advocacy with RESULTS Canada and RTEI where we developed a blog highlighting the inadequacies in education in Kenya and a Photo-essay highlighting effects of Teenage Pregnancies on the Right to Education in Kakamega County.
- Actively participated in campaigns against privatization of education in Kenya.
- Actively involved in creating awareness, sensitization campaigns and policy engagements in relation to keeping pregnant girls in school.
- Dialogue forums with the Ministry of Education and other relevant stakeholders on inclusion of Comprehensive Sex Education in the primary and secondary school syllabus for effective re-entry back to school for teenage mothers.
- Review of existing policies and guidelines in relation to access of Right to Education which includes APBET Policy 2009, APBET Guidelines 2016, 1994 Return to School Policy, 2009 National School Health Policy and National Re-Entry Guidelines for Learners in Basic Education.
- Jointly Submitted Parallel Report on Economic & Social Rights to the Human Rights Council on the status of the realization of the right to education in Kenya to the United Nations Human Rights Cycle for the 3rd Universal Periodic Review.
- Actively involved in Joint submission of Civil Society Organization complementary report to the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child in response to 2nd and 3rd periodic report for republic of Kenya with our main focus on how to establish more public schools in urban informal settlements, implementation of National Pre-Primary Education Policy 2017, review and dissemination of APBET policy and guidelines and Enforcement of school re- entry policy.
- Organized Human Rights Club at Mbagathi Primary School with the aim to create awareness and sensitize the teachers on aspects of Human Rights, Teach the children on their rights and responsibilities and nature future human rights defenders.
Partnerships with Organizations working on Education
The Education Programme has advanced partnerships with different organizations both locally and internationally which include: Elimu Yetu Coalition (EYC), EACHrights, Global Initiative, RTEI, RESULTS Canada and RESULTS UK.