Transition to Scale: Scaling up Affordable, Quality, and Contextually Relevant Pre-School Provision in Kenya

Reporting Organization:Aga Khan Foundation Canada
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 2,000,000
Timeframe: July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021
Status: Completion
Contact Information: Tracey Evans
[email protected]

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Aga Khan Foundation Canada

Participating Organizations

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Kenya - $ 2,000,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Newborn & Child Health (30 %)

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Education (70 %)

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The Madrasa Early Childhood Programme was founded in Mombasa, Kenya, in 1986 with the support of the Aga Khan Foundation, and expanded to Tanzania and Uganda in 1991 and 1993 respectively. MECP-K is a community based institution that supports socio-economically marginalised communities to establish and manage high-quality, gender responsive, culturally-relevant, age appropriate, and sustainable pre-schools, primarily targeting children aged 4-5. MECP-K will expand its programming to two new sub-counties of Kisii and Kilifi from 2018 to 2021. Over the project period, 10,000 boys and girls aged 4-5 years across 200 schools will benefit from access to improved, evidence-based ECD services.

The MECP model has five core interdependent components: integrated ECD curriculum; ECD teacher professional development; school environment; school management and leadership; and, community engagement. Over time, essential components of nutrition and health, as well as parenting support and other activities that ensure the effective continuity of children’s learning, have been integrated into the model.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Under-5 children
Descriptors: Rural
Total Direct Population: 10,000
Total Indirect Population: 5,600
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1,000 Caregivers trained
1,000 Members of school trained
20 County ECD officials trained
3 Institutional business partnerships finalized
600 ECD teachers trained
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

Ultimate Outcome: Improved physical growth, gross and fine motor skills, cognitive functions, receptive language and expressive language and socio-emotional capacities for 10,000 boys and girls aged 4-5 years through provision of quality, gender responsive and contextually relevant ECD services in Kisumu and Kisii Counties by 2021

Intermediate Outcome 1: Increased access of 10,000 boys and girls aged 4-5 in 200 ECD Centres in Kisumu and Kisii Counties benefiting from high quality and gender-responsive ECD services by 2021

Intermediate Outcome 2: Improved knowledge, attitudes and practices of 600 ECD teachers in 200 ECD Centres in Kisumu and Kisii Counties.

Intermediate Outcome 3: Improved knowledge, attitudes and practices of 20 male and female County ECD officials to provide quality mentoring and support to ECD teachers in Kisumu and Kisii Counties

Intermediate Outcome 4: Increased knowledge, skills and attitudes of 1,000 members of School Boards of Management (BOM) on effective management of ECD Centres in Kisii and Kisumu County by 2021

Intermediate Outcome 5: Increased knowledge, skills and attitudes of 4,000 parents and/ or caregivers on effective support for ECD Centres in Kisii and Kisumu County by 2021

Intermediate Outcome 6: MECP-K established as a social enterprise business model with a financial plan generating 60% of its annual expenditure through business partnerships with county governments and non-governmental partners

Achieved Results

Through this project, Madras Early CHildhood Program had intended to expand their pre-primary education centres/services beyond coastal Kenya into Kisii and Kisumu. They hoped to reach 10,000 boys and girls in 200 schools, 600 teachers, 1000 school boards of membership (parents and caregivers) and 20 education government representatives through this grant. Due to the dramatic impacts of COVID-19 on this project, project targets were revised, meaning that only 334 teachers were reached through the project.


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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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