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Life skills and Values: What is measured counts by Purity Ngina

For the last one year, I have had the privilege of sitting as part of  many job related interview panels; just lucky enough to listen to many young men and women share their cognitive skills or technical expertise. However, the interviewers always take a different route, where the candidates are…

Foundational Skills. A critical skill set for those furthest behind by Virginia Ngindiru

We live for many causes but mostly causes that rest close to our hearts. Causes that leave behind a lasting positive impact on the lives of those we come across. For Zizi Afrique, this cause will be shared with her partners and friends during the launch of her inaugural strategy…

The Dynamics of Violent Protest in High Schools by David Alelah

Secondary schools in Kenya occasionally go on strike for various reasons making people wonder whether the reasons are legitimate. Despite the much inquiry on this subject to offer solutions, the phenomena re-occurs thus raising some important questions; for example, what are the causes of unrest? Can such behavior be treated…

A selfless act. Guarding his dream by Irene Chepngetich

I have known Tana River county to be very hot. Every time I think of visiting the place, I do not carry even the lightest pullover. Nairobi is cold and chilly in July and with such cold mornings, one wouldn’t imagine of warm places out there. This feeling prompted me…

Reaching the most excluded youth through skills development by Walter Odondi

It has been a while since I had been to the coast. The weather was extraordinarily hot you would think the sun had sworn to burn everything beneath it.  I thought I was safe from the heat while in the vehicle because of the air conditioner until I alighted. Toolkit…

Of mother tongue, English and growing up in rural Kenya by David Roba

What is the value of speaking English in an environment where the local language is adored? Why are white missionaries embracing our language as they preach but while at school I’m forced to speak in English? In retrospect, these are questions that I have asked myself over the years. Imagine…

Smoothening Youth Transitions from training to work by Beria Wawira

Francis Kisio, a Narok Vocational Training Centre (VTC) alumnus graduated in Motor Vehicle Mechanics in the year 2002. His motivation to start a medium-sized workshop in Narok town arose from the skills he acquired during various internship opportunities. Years later, his establishment has expanded to a renowned auto spare and…

Each Session, learn a new word by James Mburu

On this  Thursday afternoon, the sun was fierce and relentless. There was no wind to sooth the sun’s attack. Perspiration beaded my forehead and made streams down my face and back. I was bathed in sweat. I checked my phone again, ‘Tana Delta – 350 celcius’ and sighed. It was …

Do more to curb hunger in arid counties on the Day of the African Child by Francis Njuguna

The Day of the African Child is celebrated on June 16th. This day has been commemorated annually since 1991 to honor children who participated in a 1976 Soweto uprising protesting poor quality of their education. The day is meant to raise awareness on need to improve education provided to African…

In Class Five and Cannot Read by Faith Mukiria

The first task was to have her read a simple Grade 2 level paragraph. She held the piece of paper in a hand, with a slight tremble. She formed her lips but no sound came out. “She must be nervous”, I thought to myself. I lifted my eyes from the…

After KCPE and KCSE, let our children learn values and life skills By Dr. John Mugo

Despite COVID-19, the year 2021 has brought many blessings our way. Nearly two million children have completed primary and secondary school, after going through a really trying period of closing and opening. Many of them have passed well, while many others did not get the grades of their expectation. A…

How to ensure marginalised learners don’t remain behind by Virginia Ngindiru

There is goodwill from the government of Kenya on matters of education financing. It may not be sufficient, but the effort to fund education is notable. The free primary and subsidized day secondary education, the ongoing curriculum reforms as well as teacher training to enhance their capacity to deliver have…
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