Background: The Equity in Education in Refugee Camps in Kenya (EERCK) is a programme that provides remedial education to classes 7 and 8 refugee girls in Kakuma and Dadaab camps. The programme aims to improve learning outcomes, increase school retention, and transition to secondary education of 1280 refugee girls. The programme also aims to increase community awareness about the importance of girls’ education. The remedial programme is offered in a context where girls face a variety of challenges in attending and staying in school. Extreme poverty, social norms that do not emphasise the importance of female education, early marriage, or violence along the route to school or at schools may prevent families from sending their girls to school out of safety concerns. The remedial programme operates 5 hours during the weekends when the school term is on and for two weeks when the schools close.
Objectives: Generate rigorous evidence about the impact of the programme on school attendance, retention, learning outcomes, and non-cognitive outcomes. Moreover, generate deep understanding on how the program works, how the programme is being implemented, barriers to implementation or adoption, and mechanisms of impact. These pieces of information are expected to answer, how the program is functioning, how it could be improved, and how it could be successfully scale up.
Methods: To evaluate the remedial programme, qualitative and quantitative research methods will be employed in the study. In Kakuma camp, a randomised-controlled trial will be used to evaluate the impact of the program, where eligible girls are selected to receive the program by lottery. In Dadaab, a regression discontinuity design will be used instead.
Results: Currently, data analysis of the baseline findings is taking place and results will be shared at the Summit.
Conclusions: Conclusion will be derived at after the results have been received and shared by the conference period.