wp4da2f12f 06Pastoralist Education Program (PEP):

CIFA (Community Initiative Facilitation and Assistance) is regional non government organization operating in Marsabit county and southern Ethiopia. It is placed in the most remote part of the country distanced from developed urban centers in the country. The region is characterized by poor infrastructure, limited social amenities, high poverty and high illiteracy level among others. The inhabitants of the district comprises of Boran, Rendille, Burji, Turkana, Gabra and Dassanach Gabra, as major ethnic groups. They are all dependants on livestock rearing and about 32% practice wpeb6d2ad5 05 06agro pastoralism on isolated mountains of Marsabit Mountain, Hurri hills and Mt Kulal as their way of life. Due to limited natural resources and erratic rainfall experienced currently, pastoral communities are highly mobile in the bid to access water and pasture that hinder their access all social amenities, which are normally located at small urban centers such as Marsabit town, Laisamis and North Horr among others. Pastoralist children are disadvantaged to get access to education because of this lifestyle that their parents pursue moving from one destination to other in search of water and pasture for their livestock. Grazing and water provision in the region require labour therefore the school aged children are used to provide this labour. This further denies children access to education. The County wp6593819f 06has large mass of rangeland with scattered small trading centers that encouraged human settlement a decade ago. These settlements have established primary schools that are not nomadic in nature thus not being pastoralists children friendly. Even the few learning facilities in this County are poorly distributed with urban centers having more schools than remotely placed villages. Education personnel to manage education are limited due to remoteness of the areas and inadequate facilities in most schools are common phenomena.
Ever since the establishment of PEP learning centers in some of remote locations of Marsabit south (Lependera, Farakoren and Mpagas all in Ngurunit) CIFA with support from IIRR has managed to change the lives of these communities. A lot has been achieved since the project’s inception in 2006.

Despite the introduction of free primary education in Kenya, the enrollment rates in the northern rangelands and Southern Ethiopia still remain low. The situation is worse for the girl child as a result of cultural beliefs and practices. The harsh environmental condition in the area which results to migration has also affected retention rates especially for girls beyond grade four.
To achieve meaningful results there is also need to build the capacity of the communities to appreciate not only education but also the fact that development and the future is in their hands. CIFA has developed strategies to address these issues and hopes to achieve the following key results.
- An improved performance.
- Improved enrolment due to improved infrastructure.
- Improved retentions rate and transition.
- Community capacity for lobbying and advocacy enhanced.