National Education Conference, Kenya

Maximizing Educational Change

April 15-17, 2019

Institute for Educational Development

The Kenya National Education conference is the third in a series of conferences held in East Africa by the Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development, East Africa (AKU-IED, EA). These conferences focus on contextually relevant issues affecting education in East Africa. They offer a forum for learning and dialogue among academicians, policy makers, practitioners, NGOs, Development Partners and other relevant stakeholders in education.

There has been a myriad of changes in the education sector in Kenya. Research and practice provide evidence that these reforms have consistently not achieved desired outcomes. Indeed, if Kenya is to achieve Vision 2030, which aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens in a clean and secure environment, any reform in education must be effective. This conference provides a forum for stakeholder dialogue to optimize change through perspectives on reforms that will ensure the education sector realizes its full potential.

Kenya has made great strides in achieving education for all including access to and participation in Early Child Development Education (ECDE) as well as primary and secondary education. However, with increased access has arisen concern on the quality of education and other factors that include financing, quality assurance, technical, vocational and education training (TVET), science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), devolution and systemic harmonization, teachers’ professional development, unionization of teachers, privatization of education and development partners in education.

The education conference will focus on maximizing change in education that will provide every Kenyan learner with world-class standards in the skills and knowledge that they need and deserve to thrive in the 21st century.

Theme: Maximizing Educational Change: Research, Policy, Leadership, Technology and Curriculum 

  • Research that improves educational practice.
  • Policy that drives educational reforms
  • Leadership and governance in an era of educational change,
  • Technology and innovations towards educational change
  • Re-thinking curriculum 
  • Equity and equality for inclusive education

Conference Objectives
  • Engage with stakeholders in the education reform dialogue process exploring lasting possible outcomes
  • Deliberate on viable policy and practice directions in the education sector
  • Deliberate on the alignment of the education sector changes to Kenya Vision 2030
  • Provide a networking opportunity for the education sector stakeholder

Conference participants
Academics and researchers, Policy makers and curriculum developers, Educational practitioners, Graduate students and research fellows, Development partners, Educational stakeholders and AKDN agencies

Registration Fee 

Early Bird for non-Kenyans

Early Bird for East Africans


East Africans 

AKU Alumnae 

Students (Student ID required)

Bank Details
Kenya Shilling Account 
Bank: Diamond Trust Bank (DTB)
Branch: Parklands
Account Name: Aga Khan University
Account Number: 0500444002
Swift Code: DTKEKENA

US Dollar Account 
Bank: Diamond Trust Bank (DTB)
Branch: Parklands
Account Name: Aga Khan University 
Account Number: 0500444045

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Sala Lewis


Safari Park Hotel- Nairobi, Kenya


Rosemary Stephen