Re-engaging street-connected young people with education in Kenya

Dr Su Corcoran has been successful in the recent BA/Leverhulme small research grant scheme 2017-18 competition. Her award is for a collaborative research project, with Glad’s House in Kenya, that will explore young people’s experiences of (re-)entering basic education after spending extended periods of time living and/or working on the street in Mombasa. The research literature focusing on education provision for this particular group of learners and their experiences of learning is limited. The study will focus on older street-connected youth who are often considered to be too challenging to work with. A case study approach will be adopted – incorporating ethnographic and visual methods – with participants who will be recruited from a population of young people supported by Glad’s House. The study will develop our understanding of their learning needs to inform further research on the development of inclusive pedagogies that enable access to quality education for this group, and to build the capacity of practitioners’ research knowledge for monitoring, evaluation and programme development.