Kenya is the third largest East African country with a population of about 46.1 million. Seventy-four per cent of its population lives in rural areas and agriculture is a crucial driver of the steadily growing Kenyan economy. The Kenyan Government introduced free primary education in 2003 and secondary education is now well subsidised. 

 

School-age Population by Education Level1

7,506,670

 

4,906,545

Secondary

 

Tertiary

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Secondary Education
for the school year ending in 20091

54%

 

60%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Tertiary Education
for the school year ending 20171

10%

 

13%

Female

 

Male

 

 

Percentage of female teachers in 1

42.2%

 

31.1%

Secondary (2015)

 

Tertiary (2017)

 

 

1. UNESCO Institute for Statistics Data Centre, retrieved in June 2021

 

Literacy rate (2007)1

66.9%

 

78.1%

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Female

 

Adult (15+) literacy rate
Male

 

 

Economic Activity (2010)1

75%

 

87%

Adult (15+) economic activity
Female

 

Adult (15+) economic activity
Male

 

 

Political Decision Making (2014)1

19%

Proportion of seats held by women in national parliament

 

 

Life expectancy (2012)1

62

 

59

Female

 

Male

 

 

1. COL gender country profile April 2015 

 

0.9 96.3
Fixed-telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
0.7 41.9
Fixed-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1 Mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants1

 

 

 
7.2 17.8
Households with a computer (%)1 Individuals using the internet (%)1

 

 

1. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) ICT Eye Country profile, retrieved in March 2020

 

Highlights

COL’s current work in Kenya is primarily in the areas of higher education, teacher education, lifelong learning for farmers, technical and vocational skills development, and technology-enabled learning. Learners from Kenya have also benefited from COL’s open online courses and other resources. 

Partners

Partnerships are fundamental to COL’s work. Strategic partnerships allow COL to broaden its reach and engage at global, regional and national levels, while implementation partners support COL’s work in communities and institutions across Commonwealth Member States. Partners include multilateral organisations, regional bodies, national governments, government agencies, foundations, civil society organisations, public and private (not-for-profit) institutions and the private sector. COL partnerships assist in improving and extending teaching and learning services to people in the developing Commonwealth.

COL’s partners in Kenya include:

  • Ministry of Education
  • African Council for Distance Education
  • Egerton University
  • Elimu Digital Media
  • Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology
  • Kaimosi Friends University College
  • Kenya AIDS Intervention Prevention Project Group
  • Kenya Institute of Special Education
  • Kenya National Farmers Federation
  • Kenya Technical Trainers College
  • Kenyatta University
  • Kibabii University
  • Masai Technical Training Institute
  • Moi University
  • Programme for Capacity Development in Africa
  • Siaya Seed SAACO
  • Ugunja Community Resource Centre