The Covid-19 pandemic led to devastating economic and social disruptions globally including in the education sector. The pandemic disrupted access to both sexual and reproductive health services and safe spaces. As a result, many girls faced vulnerabilities that inhibited access to basic education, including risks of child marriage, early pregnancy, gender-based violence, female genital mutilation/cutting, sexual exploitation, and child labor. The negative impact of Covid-19 on girls' education underscores the need for interventions addressing the effect on school re-entry and retention. Kenya has a favorable policy environment for supporting retention within, and re-entry into, schools for vulnerable girls. Notable core challenges to education such as teenage pregnancy, child marriage, and FGM/C have received considerable attention from policymakers, program implementers, researchers, and other key stakeholders. Such opportunities provide a robust environment for operationalization and institutionalization of school re-entry guidelines to promote inclusive education for sustainable development in Kenya. This report documents key lessons learned in Kenya from implementing an intervention designed to expand out-of-school girls’ access to, and inclusion in, education during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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