Can refugees access education?

Education is a human right.  Refugees and asylum-seekers may access primary and secondary education in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps and Kalobeyei Settlement.  Primary education is provided free of charge, while a small contribution is levied at the secondary level.  For more information, please contact your nearest school or the UNHCR office in your locality.

For refugees living in urban areas, public primary and day secondary education is free of charge.  For more information, contact the public school in your locality or reach out to the Sub-County Director of Education.


Why is education important to refugees?

Education is a fundamental human right.  It is a powerful agent of change, and improves health and livelihoods, contributes to social stability and drives long-term economic growth.

Education also protects. When children are in school, they are less vulnerable to sexual exploitation and abuse, child labour and recruitment in criminal and militia groups.  Educated individuals are more likely to make positive choices regarding their household’s health and nutrition.  They are also more likely to contribute to their households and communities, both during displacement, on return home, or after resettlement to third country.

When is the right time to enroll in school?

In Kenya, formal education begins at 4 years old.  Children who are entering at a higher grade, may be asked to provide school reports or certificates from their previous school.  If you do not have your certificates, you may be able to set for an equivalency text.  Please contact your nearest school for more information.

Post-secondary education opportunities are available at the vocational, and university levels at the cost of the individual student or on scholarship.

Education and Scholarship Opportunities Abroad?

Regarding education opportunities and scholarships abroad, information is announced by the academic institution, UNHCR, education partners and through schools, using various channels including flyers and social media.

Recent opportunity :


“Leadership for Africa” Programme for Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda: Master’s Degree Scholarships in Germany

“Leadership for Africa” offers scholarships for Master studies in Germany to qualified applicants in all fields of study except for medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, law, fine arts and architecture. The scholarship includes:
• German language course (up to 6 months) in Germany before the start of the university studies
• Tuition-free M.A. or M.Sc. degree programme at a public or state-recog[1]nized university in Germany starting in winter term 2025 (September/October 2025) • Additional mandatory training programme LEAD!

How to apply

The application deadline is June 7th, 2024. For more information please visit the DAAD’s website.

The DAAD Regional Office for East Africa regularly offers virtual information and counselling seminars (Web Seminars) during the application period for the programme.

Find more information on: us/online-seminar-schedule.



IGAD Regional Scholarship for Refugees, Returnees, and IDPs

Scholarship opportunities for post-secondary higher education programmes for refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons in the IGAD Region. The award covers tuition, accommodation, subsistence and medical expenses.

The application deadline is June 2, 2024. For more information please visit the IGAD Regional Scholarships Programme page.



Do you want to continue your academic career?

The University Corridors for Refugees programme aims to give refugee students currently based in Kenya, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe an opportunity to continue a master degree programme in Italy through a scholarship.

Refugee students will be selected for this program in 2024 and women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. To learn more about the program, click here

How to apply

Italian universities will open a call for applications for a masters degree scholarship on 1 March 2024. The deadline to apply will be on 15 April 2024.

For more information and a complete list of universities and courses available please visit the website



The University of Manchester Humanitarian Scholarships

The Humanitarian Scholarship program in Manchester provides support for up to 10 individuals facing immediate risk due to displacement caused by armed conflict. This scholarship is applicable for undergraduate and master’s degrees, excluding programs in medicine, dentistry, nursing, and architecture. Up to 10 scholarships are available. The awards cover tuition fees, living expenses and visas.

How to apply

Undergraduate courses: 3-year courses, except Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Architecture. Apply via UCAS.

Master’s courses: All courses except MBA, Clinical Medicine, Dentistry. Apply online here.

Timeline: Apply by Apr 15, 2024, with an offer for Sept 2024 entry. Eligibility criteria and more information can be found here.



United States International University (USIU) call for scholarship applications

Call for Applications for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at USIU-Africa for Refugees/
displaced Youth and Youth with Disability.

Please click here to access the application and the guidelines



EMPP Call for Applications

The Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) combines refugee resettlement and economic immigration. It’s a pathway that helps skilled refugees immigrate to Canada through existing economic programs and gives employers access to a new pool of qualified candidates to fill job openings.

Any refugee who meets the minimum eligibility criteria is welcome to apply. i.e., They must:
1. Be a recognized refugee in Kenya
2. Be Between 21-55 years of age
3. Have completed High School education
4. Have completed and been paid for 1-year experience in the field for which they are applying.

Click here to for more details.



Un peu sur le PPSE

Le Programme pilote des voies de mobilité économique (PPSE) combine la réinstallation des réfugiés et l’immigration économique. Il s’agit d’une voie qui aide les réfugiés qualifiés à immigrer au Canada grâce aux programmes économiques existants et qui donne aux employeurs l’accès à un nouveau bassin de personnes qualifiéespour pourvoir les postes vacants.

Qui peut accéder au PPEM?
Tout réfugié qui répond aux critères d’admissibilité minimaux est invité à postuler. c.-à-d. qu’ils doivent :
1. Être un réfugié reconnu au Kenya
2. Avoir entre 21 et 55 ans
3. Avoir terminé ses études secondaires
4. Avoir complétéet été payé pour 1 an d’expérience dans le domaine pour lequel ils postulent.

Cliquez ici pour plus de détails.



You can also find information on scholarships offered to refugees at:

Click here to visit Opportunities for refugees site

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