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Primary Education Practices

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In 2003, primary education was made free to all students in Kenya. This policy increased primary school attendance by almost forty percent within four years. However, the quality of education remains an ongoing issue in the country, particularly at the primary level where illiteracy rates are increasing, and issues related to overcrowding and facility shortages persist. Furthermore, the path of Kenya’s primary education curriculum and teacher training was largely paved during the British colonial era and remains stagnant today. Pressure to get results is immense for both teachers and students under this system and the learning atmosphere it generates is typically not one where children are encouraged to deeply digest content or develop creative problem-solving skills.

This program seeks to acquaint students with the complexities and nuances of quality education in Kenya by way of partnering with primary school educators in the exploration, development and implementation of dynamic learning practices. Students will be introduced to a number of schools where they can engage with different educational and instructional models.

Why Limuru?

This program is based at Brackenhurst Learning Centre in Limuru, Kenya. Brackenhurst is located on 100 safe and scenic acres approximately 25 miles north of Nairobi.  This program includes site visits to, and/or panel discussions at, Woodland Star School (based on the Brackenhurst grounds), an international school founded on constructivist philosophy and child-centered learning. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in service-learning activities at various primary schools, thereby giving students the opportunity to critically compare different schooling models. Time in the Maasai Mara will offer a change of location as well as the chance to visit a school for Maasai youth in the area, thereby allowing students to observe how educational and instructional methods and practices differ between various regions. Similarly, a site visit to Uhuru Academy, a high school in Limuru, will allow students to reflect on the structure of Kenya’s schooling system as a whole.

Learning Outcomes

During this program, students will:

  • Develop valuable intercultural communication skills through language and culture lessons and first-hand engagement with communities
  • Reflect on the implementation of different educational methods across regions in Kenya and in the global context
  • Critically reflect on individual growth and transformation by means of structured reflection sessions and transformative questionnaires
  • Analyze the obstacles to quality education facing the Kenyan schooling system and evaluate the ways in which different schooling models are addressing challenges
  • Apply instructional strategies such as thematic instruction, individualized educational planning, drama-based education, project-based learning, and environmentally-focused sustainability and practice

Note: Specific learning outcomes and activities can be constructed in collaboration with EDU Africa’s dedicated curriculum development team.


Timo Lehmann Woodland Star School principal

Timo Lehmann

Timo is the School Producer (school principal) at Woodland Star International School. He graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Geographical Science. He completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of Stellenbosch, thereafter. Timo spent five years teaching mathematics and natural sciences to children aged twelve to fifteen in South Africa.

He also spent two years developing an educational project in rural schools in Zanzibar. Timo previously lived in Kenya for two years, and speaks German, English, and Afrikaans fluently.

Roseanne Kinyua

Roseanne Kinyua

Roseanne holds a Bachelors’ degree in Education from Kenyatta University and was a high school music teacher from 2005 to 2010, when she ventured into the world of administration and program management. She is a passionate educator and enjoys being part of a team that makes educational experiences a reality. She acknowledges the importance of world travel in getting to know oneself, examine one’s worldviews, and appreciate one’s host and home countries.

She also enjoys organizing people and things, so her work with EDU Africa is the perfect marriage of her skills and passions.

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