Keeping Girls in School in Kenya and Tanzania

So They Can

Supported beneficiary groups within Women & Girls
Age Demographic
Children - aged 6 to under 15
Project Focus
Project Area

Project Description

In Africa, 50 million school-aged girls are out of school according to UNESCO. So They Can’s Keeping Girls in School (KGIS) project provides targeted support to at-risk girls in Kenya and Tanzania, to ensure that they realise their right to education.

Across So They Can’s 51 partner government schools there is gender parity in enrolment, and girls’ enrolment has increased by 44%. Our KGIS project is a key driver. It reaches over 20,000 students a year and tackles the key barriers that keep girls out of classrooms.

We take a holistic approach: adolescents are trained in schools on sexual and reproductive health and rights; girls are provided with reusable sanitary packs; Alternate Rites of Passage ceremonies are conducted (to prevent Female Genital Mutilation); a network of Champion Mothers and Fathers protect and advocate girls’ rights; and girls’ groups in schools are supported to lead income-generating activities at their schools.

Expected Outcomes

Outcome 1: Improved school attendance, academic performance and retention among girls

1.1 Reduced absenteeism/increased attendance among girls
1.2 Improved academic performance among girls
1.3 Improved transition from lower primary to primary and primary to secondary school among girls.

Outcome 2: Improved knowledge and practices in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).

2.1 Improved knowledge and awareness among students, parents and teachers

Outcome 3: Improved child protection of vulnerable girls in communities

3.1 Decreased rate of child marriage
3.2 Decreased rate of female genital mutilation
3.3 Improved advocacy of girls rights

Project Data & Lessons

So They Can's project monitoring and evaluation (M & E) against target outcomes includes the following activities:

  1. Quarterly reports completed by in-country Project Managers and M & E Managers, in consultation with partners, beneficiaries and other stakeholders.
  2. Field reports undertaken by various project-level and organisational-level staff including visits to partner schools, participation in training, meetings with partners, beneficiaries and stakeholders, and quarterly meetings with government Education Officers.
  3. Case studies published on project impact, and shared via So They Can's online blog:, and social media channels.
  4. Action research, on the impact of the project on participants project, that informs project design changes and adaptations according to a feedback loop.


Donors and supporters receive project updates and acquittal reports with images and impact stories. We also publish and share monthly newsletters, and an annual report.

Project Dates

Keeping Girls in School is an ongoing initiative. it is a component of So They Can's Education Program in Kenya and in Tanzania. This an ongoing project, implemented annually across So They Can's network of 51 partners primary and secondary schools in Tanzania and Kenya, with Grade 4 - 8 girls, parents, teachers and community members.

Funding Details

Funding Needed
Current Funding
Total Project Costs
Approved Tax Deductability Status
Approved Tax Concession Charity
Other Funding Sources
The New Zealand High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa, and a private family fund in Australia.
Other Support Opportunities
Impact investment, In-kind contributions, Pro bono services

Organisation Details

So They Can
ABN: 91138063475


Angela O'Connell
Phone: 02 9966 5225

About So They Can

So They Can was founded in 2009 on the vision to change the future of children and communities living in poverty through education. We provide quality education in East Africa with improved learning conditions, teacher training, child development, and women’s empowerment through inclusive partnerships with communities and governments. Our Education Program reaches 32,000 children and their families across 51 government primary and secondary schools in Kenya and Tanzania. Our complimentary Community Development Program reaches 20,000 community members through Women’s Empowerment, Child Wellbeing and Community Health initiatives. We apply a gender-focussed approach to reach girls, and women, who face disproportionate barriers in our partner communities. We Educate to Empower.

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