Education for Marginalized Communities

Education opens important avenues that lead directly away from poverty. As such, it has always been the foundation work of IIRR. Limited or no education deprives citizens from full and meaningful participation in the development of their families, communities, and the nation at large. The inability to read and write is a tremendous hindrance to social and economic progress, the establishment of good governance, and the growth of democratic process.

In the remote arid and semi-arid regions of eastern Africa, where pastoralism is the backbone of the economy, IIRR’s education program is transforming communities whose nomadic lifestyles have deprived their children, especially girls, to the basic right of a modern education. What makes IIRR’s Pastoral Education Program (PEP) unique and transformative is its integrated and holistic approach. To be able to focus in school, children must have their basic needs guaranteed. These needs are simple:

  • Nutritious meals to support mental development.
  • Clean water for drinking and sanitation.
  • A reading light to be able to do their homework at night (especially for girls who do household chores during the day, and only have time to read at night)

IIRR and partners focus their efforts on ensuring access to education and improving its quality.  Education is a right, not a privilege.