Nomad Education


A system that benefits all Samburu.


It was through our Arts Workshop that we first began to realise why we had to rethink our views on education.
Building stationary schools was not the answer. By talking to the mothers and children at the Art Workshop and the men away with the cattle we came to realise how little we knew. As a result of this, we spent five years looking for an answer: it was to spread education thinly at first, but make sure that as many children as possible received some.
Our schools move with the Samburu, are staffed by Samburu teachers and teach both the Kenyan curriculum and traditional Samburu values and learning.
They are expensive and still experimental but they have the full support of the Samburu people themselves and – unlike all other schools in Samburuland – are lastingly popular. They work closely with other projects, for example teaching children how to avoid eye infections and keep reservoirs clean.


Waso Chapters – Education
Blog posts on our education project:
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Ch. 35: Day in the life of a Mama

  We want to show everyone what it’s like to be one of the Mamas in our bead workshop. Our mamas live a tough life, one that they love, and in times of harsh drought when running a manyatta things can become extremely difficult. So when we’re able to assist them by work together on […]


Last Chapter we told Julia’s story of the Trust Nomad Education Program. To follow up this week we’ve put together some footage we took of elders blessing a new eco-school in 2011. 1. The school is in the Kalwalash area of Kipsing in Samburuland and shows the elders blessing the school a few days before […]

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Trust founder Julia Francombe has written this Chapter to tell us her story of how the Trust started its nomad education program and some background on how it works. __________ The drought in northern Kenya lasted longer than 2 years – the men and warriors left the main homesteads to take their dying herds further […]