WIK supports and implements education interventions in Kakuma, Dadaab and in schools within the immediate host communities. The implementation of these education projects is made possible through the generous support of both bilateral and multilateral donors. WIK has also forged lasting partnerships with foundations and international organizations who have provided great support in the provision of education to refugees and needy Kenyans. The overall impact of these interventions has improved the life chances, economic and social well-being of marginalized girls and boys and is an investment in the long-term capacity of their communities to build a peaceful future.
Windle International Kenya Programs
WIK manages the strategic and day-to-day running of secondary schools in Dadaab and Kakuma. This involves recruiting and employing teachers, making sure there is access to materials like textbooks, exercise books, IT equipment, and stationery; building physical classrooms, teacher accommodation, and safe latrines.
With support from our donors and partners, WIK manages secondary, tertiary and training scholarships that play a crucial role in making sure there is equitable access to education. Our scholars have gone on to make significant contributions to society in varying fields, from international development, government, education, law, engineering, child protection, medicine, and much more. WIK runs the following tertiary education scholarship programs; Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER), Quality Secondary Education in Emergencies(Q-SEE), Support to World University Services of Canada (WUSC), DAFI, DD Puri Foundation, Sisters Project, Ryan Harris and the Windle Trust International postgraduate scholarship program.
Depending on the scholarship program, WIK facilitates university/college placements and payment of tuition and related fees. WIK also facilitates remittance of stipends to the successful applicants for their living expenses where applicable. Specific WIK program staff are designated duties in monitoring and evaluation, guidance and counselling and other responsibilities that contribute to the overall smooth management of the respective scholarship program.
WIK also undertakes post-degree monitoring of alumni upon graduation to access their transition into the job market or other opportunities while providing guidance and mentorship.
English Language Program (ELP)
Our participatory, multicultural and accessible English Language programs help our beneficiaries to become proficient in English, which is the official language of instruction and communication in our schools and the camps in general. It has also been pivotal in promoting harmonious co-existence of people from different backgrounds within the camps and is widely considered to be a necessary skill in being able to secure a good education, a job, and livelihood for the refugees.
This program aims at increasing the number of girls going to school, and to improve their performance. We boost community support for educating girls, provide extra materials, improve the teacher to student ratio to meet national standards, and offer remedial and catch up classes for girls.
Many teachers in refugee settings have little training beyond secondary school. They are often referred to as classroom assistants (CAs) or Incentive Workers (IWs), and yet they are responsible for directly delivering education to children and young people. Women are also hugely under-represented in the profession. WIK addresses these issues, and more, through teacher training programs.