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Ways to Unleash Youth potential in 2024!

By Beria Wawira Dear Youth, Welcome to 2024! As we struggle in the tax woods, we may need to device new ways of keeping up and thriving as young people in the +254. For in this chaotic job market, I wish to assure you that you hold the power to…

Zizi Afrique: Keeping the vision – sharpening the focus!

By John Mugo and Samuel Otieno Zizi Afrique Foundation has existed as an independent organization since August 2018. The initial years sought to establish the foundations for impact-at-scale, exploring mainly the prospects for competency-building in areas of foundational literacy and numeracy (early transition) and technical and vocational training (late transition).…

How TVET can unlock the potential of out of school female youths: A tale of two sisters! By Renaldah Mboje

Despite the sweltering sunshine in Vitengeni, Kilifi County, crowds gathered in their numbers to pick a cue from the vocational training enrolment campaign dubbed, #FormNiTVET[1], Skills for Life. Two ladies stood out like a sore thumb in the crowd that had perched on Vitengeni Vocational Training Centre (VTC) grounds. The…

World Teacher’s Day 2023: Let’s celebrate our ECDE Teachers by Dr. Purity Ngina

Today brings nostalgic memories of 2009 when I joined Egerton University for a Bachelor of Education Science-to be a teacher. Like any 19-year-old youth, I had mixed feelings as to whether this was the right decision. My mum was very convinced; on many occasions, she would praise God for taking…

Young Kitui Mothers Championing Literacy in ‘My Village’ Project

By Eric Ndigu In the heart of Kitui County, Mwingi Central, lies a cluster of villages where the essence of community, resilience, and volunteerism is becoming a way of life. Amidst the undulating landscapes and vibrant cultures, a group of young mothers has emerged as champions of change, through their…

Literacy, My Usher By Agatha Kimani

One sunny Sunday morning, in mid-August this year, the charm of St. Peters Anglican Church in Mariakani, lured me to join the flock, in worship. The 300-seater sanctuary is anchored on sturdy stone and sheltered under some resilient iron sheets, that have dared the coastal elements for decades. Located 38km…

The Village in My Village By Agatha Kimani

After a series of life skills training sessions in Bitonge, Bungoma County, I dared a one-hour walk to the border villages of Sirisia Sub-County, to check on the footprints of My Village project Volunteers. Church gathers locals in their ages. It is a hallowed crowd, one of the very few…

Assessing 21st Century Skills in Africa: High Aspirations, Blurry Strategies! By Akongo Rose Stella

The 39th Association of Educational Assessments in Africa (AEAA) conference last week (21st to 25th August, 2023) in Nairobi endorsed the need to put the African Child at the center of learning and assessing learning outcomes. The Conference themed “Educational Assessment for Nurturing Every Learner’s Potential”, brought together more than…

The ALiVE Experience: CBC can Nurture Skills and Values by Stallone Mokaya

"Masomo haija msaidia". This is a common "cliché" in Kenyan circles, used in reference to Kenyan graduates who are unemployed after years of blood, sweat, and tears of learning. Whenever this statement is used in reference to specific individuals, typically in our villages, it is a serious one that points…

Efforts to sustain the Accelerated Learning approaches amidst challenges -Lessons from Arap Moi Primary in Tana Delta by Irene Chepng’etich

‘‘We could not afford to lose the knowledge that was so impactful’ remarked Mr. Mwaka, the head teacher, Arap Moi primary school during the stakeholders meeting held in June 2022 in Tana River County. Arap Moi Primary school is one of the public schools located in Kipao location, Tana Delta…

Celebrating World Teacher’s Day with Teacher Margaret Nzioka by Faith Mukiria and Purity Ngina

At the beginning of 2021, we visited the Kenya Primary School Headteachers Association (KEPSHA) with a single request: we needed a teacher to join us in developing contextualized tools for measuring life skills and values. We immediately received feedback with a name of one Margaret Nzioka, a Headteacher at Karenge…

We welcome you, Minister Ezekiel Machogu by John Mugo

Dear CS Machogu. I woke up today and thought about you. The President has proposed you, to work with us, and we embrace you, warmly. Somehow, I had not heard about you before yesterday, but then again, I may belong to the herd of ignorant Kenyans who only focus their…
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