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School Fee Abolition Initiative (Kenya)

Families’ inability to pay school fees is one of the largest barriers to children's educational attainment in countries with high poverty rates, such as Kenya. The United Nations Children's Fund and the World Bank launched the School Fee Abolition Initiative (SFAI) in 2005 as one strategy toward achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015, as well as the United Nations Education for All goals. Millions of primary school-age children cannot afford to attend school. The abolishment of school fees is key to ensuring that no child is denied a quality basic education on the basis of their family's inability to pay. Kenya was one of the first countries to abolish school fees under SFAI, along with Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, ...

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