Government and private sector stakeholders have lauded Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development, East Africa (AKU- IED, EA) for contributing to the education landscape in Kenya.
Speaking at a workshop convened in Nairobi, Dr Samuel Ngaruiya, Director, Policy Partnership and East African Community Affairs from the Ministry of Education in Kenya said, the Foundations for Learning (F4L) project would impact education policies in the country.
“AKU-IED, EA is providing information on what is happening in our schools and colleges, which in turn forms an evidence-based platform to inform policy changes and practice,” he said. “This will help us as the government to make improvements in education for our children.”
The F4L project aims to train and equip students, teachers, school leaders, families, communities, civil society organisations and government leaders with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values needed to promote more gender- responsive and pluralist quality education in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Education stakeholders and partners received updates on the project’s progress and asked to suggest improvements on project activities.
Dr Jane Rarieya, Dean at AKU-IED, EA said, “This workshop is the benchmark of continued collaboration with the government and other education stakeholders. Our mission is to support the regional government educational agenda. We also hope to get more funding to upscale the programme across the country.”
“Quality education in any country depends on the quality of leadership. We need champion leaders in our schools to promote quality education,’’ said Mr. Wycliffe Wasike, Deputy Director Kenya Education Management Institute
AKU-IED EA, under the Foundations for Learning project has partnered with Shanzu Teacher Training College and Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI) to offer tutor training workshops and a Diploma in Education Leadership and Management. Thirty-eight college tutors continue to be trained in pedagogical practices to enhance their teaching and learning, while 30 school leaders are undertaking the Diploma in Education Leadership and Management to build capacity in developing leaders for learning.