​​​Message from AKU Leadership

Dr Carl Amrhein​
AKU Provost

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the National Education Conference on Maximizing Educational Change: Research, Policy, Leadership, Technology and Curriculum, scheduled for 15-17 April 2019 at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.​

This annual conference is an important part of the Aga Khan University’s education portfolio. It is held in either Kenya, Tanzania or Uganda and provides a forum for intellectuals to network and dialogue with other academicians, teachers, policy makers, government officials, international organizations and development partners. It also brings together other relevant stakeholders in education to optimize change through different perspectives on reforms that ensure the education sector realizes its full potential. 

This conference is consistent with the mission of the Aga Khan University, which through its Institute for Educational Development in East Africa (IED, EA), works to improve the quality of education in the region. To achieve this, IED EA collaborates with the Ministries of Education in three countries. 

The close working relationship with the respective ministries has helped IED, EA in making sure that what it does in these countries in terms of improving the quality of education, aligns well with government’s vision and development plans. 

I hope to see us break new ground in pinpointing specific areas of consensus and lines of action on maximizing educational change that will led to sustainable educational reforms in the region. I wish every participant a successful and fruitful conference. 

Thank you.

Dr. Alex Awiti
Vice Provost AKU, EA

It is my distinct honor and privilege to welcome you to the 3rd national conference of the Institute for Educational Development .This conference will focus on maximizing change in education through research, policy, technology and curriculum. At the core of such transformative change is responsive and adaptive leadership that is tune with the present and informed by dynamic change. 

This conference provides an opportunity for us to design education systems that meets todays needs and the needs of tomorrow.

Sustainable education systems must be built on a sound evidence-base, which in turn drives relevant policy upon which curriculum formulations are founded. As East Africans we can harness our shared cultural, economic and geographic realities to forge futures that further our integration and deepen our social connections. Defining and achieving consensus on what educational transformation means in this and the next century is an important common aim. 

This conference will reinforce and re-articulate old connections and inspire new ones. Together we can and must build a stronger education future for our region, the East African Community.

I wish you all a truly fruitful conference.

Prof. Joe Lugalla
Director AKU-IED, EA and Associate Vice Provost - Tanzania

It is an honour and privilege for me to hold our 3rd National Education Conference in Kenya, which has been organized by the Aga Khan University (AKU), Institute for Educational Development, East Africa (IED EA). The conference focuses on contextually relevant issues affecting education in East Africa. 

This Conference focuses on “Maximizing Change in Education” and will contribute dialogue on world-class standards in the skills and knowledge that every Kenyan needs and deserves to thrive in the 21st century. 

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 the desired outcomes. Therefore, 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. 

We strongly believe that we need to work together not only in identifying educational reforms that support educational development in East Africa, but also in implementing, monitoring and evaluating them effectively. 

To do so, we need to listen to the voices of people representing a wider cross section of the population of East Africa. We need to stand together, think together, deliberate together and finally act/implement together. 

That is the spirit we seek to build and achieve by the time this conference ends. 

Ahsante na karibu sana​