Two Schools in One

Celebrated Windle innovation to address chronic overcrowding in Kenya's refugee-hosting secondary schools

Photo: Windle International Kenya

Photo: Windle International Kenya

Two Schools in One uses an effective double-shift system to allow more students to attend school.

Celebrated by the UNHCR as a Promising Practice in Education, the Two Schools in One approach not only means more refugee students can attend secondary school, but increases the enrolment of primary school children, who are motivated to attend knowing their education can continue to a higher level.

This is not just being done by using the existing resources but also better equipping the schools to ensure student success at the secondary level.

The shared physical infrastructure includes classrooms, laboratories, kitchens, latrines, hand-washing facilities, libraries, reference books, ICT facilities, playgrounds, sports facilities and assembly grounds. The concept differs from the multi-shift system because the administrative and teaching staff changes completely from morning
to afternoon.

The introduction of the Two Schools In One approach in four secondary schools doubled the intake from 2,558 to 5,118 students in 2016/2017.