Education

Mobile Education for Refugee Children

  • Kenya
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Organization:

The Xavier Project

Purpose:

  • Increase access to education for refugee children

Objective:

  • Utilise mobile technology to increase the number of refugee children who gain education in Kenya

Targeted population:

  • Refugee children, especially those in primary school

Challenge addressed:

  • Improving access to education
  • Supporting refugee students with revision for school

Program description:

  • Kenya hosts Africa’s second largest refugee population, after Ethiopia
  • More than half of the 6 million refugee children registered with UNHCR have no school to attend, including 1.75 million children who are not in primary school and 1.95 million adolescents are not in secondary school
  • The Xavier Project supports refugee children and adults access education in Kenya and Uganda
  • Eneza is a Kenya-based NGO that provides education and study support via mobile phone
  • Over 1.7 million learners across Africa have registered with Eneza, with the majority in Kenya
  • Eneza uses mobile Short Messaging Service (SMS) to provide students with a way of completing quizzes that help them study for all of their subjects
  • Quizzes can be completed anywhere as long as students have access to a mobile phone and phone signal
  • As well as subject and topic specific quizzes, students have access to content tutorials and mini lessons, all via a user-friendly SMS platform
  • In addition to Nairobi, the program has been extended to more remote locations including Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps

Impact on targeted population:

  • In 2015, 498 students received a free subscription and were registered on the ENEZA program
  • These students completed 45,000 quizzes in 2015, averaging 112 quizzes per student
  • In 2016, the number of students in Nairobi increased to over 600
  • Two top students under the Xavier Project School have been awarded full scholarship that will allow them to complete secondary school
  • In late 2016, 50 registered mobile phones were given to each to two schools in Turkana County, to allow for children to access Eneza while at school

Impact on host community:

  • The Xavier Project supports Kenyan children alongside refugee, providing increased interaction between communities
  • ENEZA is widely used by Kenyan school children

Conditions required:

  • Access to mobile phones with SIM cards and power
  • Sufficient digital literacy to be able to use a phone to complete quizzes

Resources:

The Xavier Project – Eneza Education

The Xavier Project – Xavier project launches ENEZA programme in Turkana North and West

Eneza Education

UNHCR – Missing Out: Refugee Education in Crisis

UNHCR – A Nairobi School Warms Up To Refugee Children

UNHCR – Education Strategy, 2012-2016

Our impact

  • 3700

    refugees have better access to education and livelihood opportunities

  • 40

    countries in which our partner NGOs are implementing solutions

  • 490

    refugee children benefit from mathematics, english, art and sports classes

  • 700

    women can now support their families

  • 650

    refugees have access to critical healthcare and safety information

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