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Strengthened Partnerships to Reduce the Foundational Learning Gaps in Kenya by James Mburu

“We are happy to have had a very good experience, especially implementing an educational program for the first time. Zizi Afrique Foundation (ZAF) has contributed to the growth of our Community-Based Organizations (CBO),” recounted Maurice and Janet, our implementing partners from Tana River and Bungoma counties during our last review…

A Long Way to the Assessment of 21st Century Skills in Africa by Purity Ngina 

In 1982, the Association for Educational Assessment in Africa (AEAA) was founded with the vision of harmonizing Educational Assessment in the continent. In August 2022, AEAA hosted its 38th annual conference in Livingstone, Zambia, to discuss the progress made in education assessments and to find solutions to the challenges facing…

ALiVE National Assessment: The Theatre by Agatha Kimani

  Assessment for Life Skills and Values in East Africa (ALiVE) national assessment felt like a theatre with varying scenes and different characters all happening in very quick succession. Even without the bird’s eye view, working with one county was enough to give one a snapshot.  The scene opened with my…

Parents as Collaborators in their Children’s Learning By Floridah Ndumba

The early school mornings had started to get boring, and my initial excitement about school was wearing off daily, the only thread holding it together being the two play breaks when two friends and I would skip rope. Classes were monotonous. Each day, using a big ruler, the teacher would…

Amplifying the Space of Parents in Learning by Virginia Ngindiru

Five years ago, representatives from diverse organizations in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania converged in Nairobi to launch a collaborative learning community, the Regional Education Learning Initiative. This community of education practitioners came together to advance their shared goal of improving learning outcomes for students around East Africa. One emerging area…

My Village, a Learning Village: Engaging the community by Winnie Cherotich

Between the 11th and 14th May 2022, we began the My Village journey, a Learning Village! Participants representing three PAL Network countries – Kenya, Nepal and Tanzania – gathered to ideate and agree on the My Village project design, with the main question being, ‘What would it take to have…

Why investing in Foundational Literacy and Numeracy in sub-Saharan Africa is a bold step towards #BreakingtheBias by Virginia Ngindiru

Mwibale primary school in Western Kenya is a testimony of what the power of reading can achieve even among the furthest behind communities. On this sunny afternoon, I take a ride to the school to meet the headteacher, who had been looking to meet us for some time. The sight…

When Education Presents an Identity Crisis by Virginia Ngindiru

The youth I met at Ngaremara, can be described in one word as audacious. It is not easy growing up in a predominantly pastoralist community, yet making a bold choice to quit herding for an education. ‘I walked out of my parents house and into a classroom in a leso,’…

Harmonize Basic Learning to Nurture All Children by Francis Njuguna

International day of education is celebrated on 24th January. The 2022 theme is “Changing Course, Transforming Education”. The International day of education 2022 is geared to spur conversations on how to strengthen education with a goal of achieving public and common good. International day of education 2022 also aims to…

The ALiVE homestretch: Pointing Forward to Contextualized Assessment of life skills and values

In 2009, I joined Egerton University to train as an educator. Among the many subjects I studied, and one that stood out for me, was the History of education. In that unit of study, I was introduced to the Ominde commission; The different education acts, the dynamics that brought in…

The researcher’s reward by Dr. John Mugo

This month, I celebrate my 20th anniversary as researcher. Looking back, the journey has been both rewarding and frustrating, in equal measure. Two questions have been most consistent, one difficult, the other annoying. What do you do? What for? (the politer version of, who cares?). Let’s start with the difficult…

Regional Education Learning Initiative (RELI): Educating the Children furthest left behind by Margaret Wawira

Education remains the most important investment in human capital. As an empowerment right, guaranteed in may international, regional and National human rights treaties and laws/policies, education endows individuals with the means to improve their skills, health, knowledge, and productivity and enhances the economy’s ability to exploit and adapt new technology…
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