In 2016, Xavier Project became an implementing partner for UNICEF Kenya (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund). The main mission of the Operation-Come-To-School programme (which we renamed Operation Enda Shuleni – Swahili translation) was to provide accelerated access to education to 300,000 of the most marginalised children in areas across Kenya. The programme was a partnership between the Ministry of Education (Government of Kenya), Educate a Child (EAC), UNICEF and other partnering INGOS (Implementing Non-governmental Organisations).
Xavier Project’s objectives through the course of the project included;
– Enrolling 7230 Out-Of-School children in school
– Building the capacity and sensitizing the community, education officials on all levels, Board of Management (BOM) at school and the children themselves to drive enrolment and attendance to schools
– Building the capacity of school BOMs to boost holistic school development and to ensure that schools are child friendly spaces.
– Improving school infrastructure by renovating classrooms and Washrooms.
– Distributing Back-To-School kits (a school bag, sanitary pads, pants, soap and exercise books) provided by UNICEF to the out of school children.
– Supporting the newly enrolled children with school levies and uniforms as per school requirements.
– Building the capacity of teachers to enable them to utilise the digital attendance tool provided to the school to track the attendance of all the children in their respective schools.
Xavier Project worked with a total of 48 schools (13 in Mombasa and 35 in Nairobi). We carried out renovations in 12 of these schools; 59 classrooms, 11 toilet blocks and one school hall; benefiting 5704 pupils. Through the course of our the programme so far we have been able to enrol 7544 students, 422 being refugees.