The integration of refugees and migrants into the economic, social and cultural fabric of Kenya and other countries is a growing crisis. Most affected are refugee youth, whose alienation and marginalization has led to unemployment, poverty and idleness. There are too few initiatives which equip them with the skills and opportunities to secure better living conditions and gainful employment. Moreover, many refugee education programs are poorly designed. The curriculum found is primarily theoretical, with little priority placed on practical knowledge and life skills that are critical for the survival of refugee youth. When settling in new countries, it’s imperative that education programs are designed to promote community-building and integration, rather than siloed initiatives which can foster tension, xenophobia and a lack of empathy from host communities.

The NAIROBI PLAY PROJECT is a comprehensive program designed and structured for youth ages 13-25. Utilizing tools like Scratch, Makey Makey, and Empathy Toys, youth from diverse backgrounds work together to create games for their peers and community members which explore community-based issues related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

This project would not be made possible without support from UNICEF KENYA.