Case Study Report
Norwegian Refugee Council in Dadaab, Kenya (Accelerated Education Principles Field Studies)
The AEWG is an inter-agency working group made up of education partners working in Accelerated Education (AE). The AEWG is currently led by UNHCR with representation from UNICEF, USAID, NRC, Plan, IRC, Save the Children, ECCN, and War Child Holland. Based on the aim for a more standardized approach to AE provision globally, the AEWG has begun to develop guidance materials based on international standards and sound practice for AE. In 2016, the AEWG developed a set of 10 Principles for effective practice, as well as an accompanying Guide.
The purpose of this case study was to more fully understand the relevance, usefulness and application of the AE principles and guidance within the context of the Norwegian Refugee Council's (NRC) AEP in Dadaab, Kenya. This case study sits along three others—from Kenya, Afghanistan, and Sierra Leone—all implemented by different actors and working with different populations of learners.The research was guided by three objectives:
- Describe the alignment of the NRC program with the AE Principles by speaking to a range of stakeholders and reviewing programme documentation;
- Identify the current and/or perceived utility and relevance of the AE Principles and Guide to the NRC's program in Dadaab, Kenya; and
- Identify potential linkages between alignment with the Principles and achievement of key AEP outcomes.
It should be noted that the intent of this research is not to evaluate or compare different AE programmes against each other, nor is to specify recommendations or areas of improvement for NRC's activities. Rather, this case study illustrates the possibilities and challenges of using the principles and accompanying guidance in the development, refinement, and assessment of AE programmes in Kenya, and with populations and contexts similar to that in which NRC programs operate.