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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.


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.


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

Key Contacts

Board of Governors

Ambassador Dr Amina Mohamed

Focal Point

Mr Darius Mogaka
Ministry of Education

Notable Mention

Professor Peter E. Kinyanjui, COL Honorary Fellow

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