Forum for African Women Educationalists – Kenya Chapter (FAWEK) is a Non-Governmental Organization registered in 1996 under section 10 of the NGO Coordination Act, Laws of Kenya to support girls and women to acquire education for development. FAWEK is a member of FAWE network of 34 Chapters in 33 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. FAWE Kenya Chapter, has its head office in Nairobi, right inside the premises of Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI), along Mtama Road, off 6th Parklands.
We work together with other country based chapters to achieve equality and equity in education across the continent. Through this initiative, we focus on contributing to the attainment of Education for All (EFA) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We focus on achieving three development goals:
- Sustainable Development Goal 3: To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
- Sustainable Development Goal 4: To ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
- Sustainable Development Goal 5: To achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
- Sustainable Development Goal 17: To strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
FAWEK aims to ensure that Kenyan girls receive quality education and equal chances in life. This intends to make them grow into women who have the knowledge, skills and opportunity to contribute to the economic, social and democratic development of the society. Our work therefore focuses on influencing action to reduce gender disparities in access, retention, participation and performance through a range of initiatives.
Organization and Focus
FAWE Kenya works at policy, institutional and community levels. We work with and through the Ministries of education at all levels in the country to ensure ownership and sustainability of the FAWEK programmes. FAWEK also has a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministries of Education. The MOUs defines the partnership and outlines the role and responsibilities of the ministries of education and FAWE Kenya. FAWE Kenya uses existing institutions and structures both at Ministerial and community levels as a way of promoting ownership whilst recognizing the local capacities and capabilities.
Over the years, FAWE Kenya has built awareness and consensus on the social and economic advantages of girls’ education through its advocacy work. As a result, Kenya government has adopted and continues to adopt gender-positive policies and interventions such as free primary education, re-entry policies for adolescent mothers, scholarships for disadvantaged girls, FAWE’s COE model, Tuseme, gender-responsive pedagogy and others. This has led to increased rates of girls’ enrolment; retention and completion of school in country of Kenya.
FAWE Kenya believes that education is a human right and that all citizens, including women and girls, must enjoy that right. Education has direct benefits for girls and women who attend school and leads to extensive benefits for society at large. Educating girls and women reduces fertility rates, reduces child and infant mortality rates, improves nutrition and health, protects girls and women from abuse, exploitation and HIV/AIDS, increases economic productivity and growth, and improves governance and democratic processes.