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

Click here to visit Opportunities for refugees site


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