The project involves the construction, equipping, and staffing of an Early Childhood Centre in Dadaab. The Humankind Academy opened in January 2014 and had 71 students. The school expanded to a total of 150 students in January 2015. The children take two years of early education until they are able to enroll in the primary schools. The school has three classrooms, an additional room to act as an administrative office, training equipment for the three programs, an electrical generator and solar equipment to provide power. The school employs locals from the Dadaab area including the refugee camp, as head teacher, teachers, cooks, custodian, and security guards. There is great need with many children waiting for spaces.
- 150 children between the ages of 5 and 8 in the Dadaab Refugee Camps and the surrounding host community are benefiting from this project every year. The school is in the sub camp Dagahaley (there are four other sub camps: Hagardera, Ifo I and II, and Kambioos)
- 50 % of the children are refugees who don’t have access to early childhood education and the other 50% are from the host community who are living under worse conditions than refugees in camps; competition for resources between the refugees and the host community has many times led to conflict and violence.