Integration of religious education in humanitarian situation: The role of faith based organizations and faith leaders

  • Mohammad Obaidur Rahman
  • Afroza Bulbul Afrin


Inspired by the Islamic faith, Islamic Relief Kenya has been able to support the Government of Kenya’s goal of education for all through funding partnerships with the United Nations, international donors and extensive networks with religious and Faith-based organizations (FBOs) working among and with refugees living in Dadaab refugee camp of Kenya, the second-largest refugee camp in the world. Dadaab Refugee Camp is hosting forcibly displaced people whose children are more likely to be enrolled in religious cultural Qur’anic schools known as Duksi prior to enrolling in the formal education system. Islamic Relief works through religious leaders to develop advocacy tools based on Islamic teaching to promote the integration of conventional state education with the cultural religious education system in a bid to enhance access to conventional education for the children living in Dadaab. Although the integration model of religious education / Duksi School was piloted by Islamic Relief, all other faith based organizations including Lutheran World Federation (LWF) adopted the same approach and model in their education programmes in refugee operations in Dadaab. This process initially funded and facilitated by UNHCR and the Government of Kenya has emerged as a successful, integrated approach merging religious and formal education in humanitarian and emergency situations.