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Kenya Education Management Institute – KEMI

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KEMI was established in 1981 with funds from the World Bank and the Government of Kenya .The institute was established on the recommendations of the Gachathi Report.

The purpose of Kenya Education Management Institute is to establish capacity building for staff, offering management training to management cadres of learning Institutions, research and consultancy services in the education sector. It also provides training programs, seminars and Workshops, produce, maintain and disseminate documentation and information services and equipment relating to administrative management, technical and educational reforms. In addition, Kenya Education Management Institute is mandated to operate as an educational advisory, consultancy and act as a resource centre for Ministry of Education.

In exercising it functions Kenya Education Management Institute conducts training needs analysis, quality assurance processes, training impact assessments, policy, and management and emerging issues for the purpose of designing appropriate management training programs and ensuring the integrity of these programs.

Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE) Kenya Institute of Special Education was established through a Legal Notice No. 17 of February l4, 1986. A council appointed by the Minister for Education runs the institute.

KISE conducts teacher-training courses at diploma and certificate levels for teachers involved in the provision of education of children with special needs.

Holistically, the mandate of KISE is to conduct teacher training courses for teachers of children with special needs and disabilities conduct in—service courses “for personnel working in all fields of special needs education. It is also required to prepare and conduct correspondence courses for personnel in the field of special needs education.

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The institute runs an educational and psychological assessment centre for the training of teachers of children with special needs and disabilities as Well as an orientation and mobility centre for training and demonstration purposes. It also has a model training unit for the integration and inclusion of children with special needs and disabilities into the regular school schools. It has also established a pre—school department Where training and the stimulation of young children with special needs and disabilities can be carried out for the purpose of teacher education and training. KISE functions as a resource centre for the production and dissemination of information on special needs and disabilities. It runs a documentation and resource centre on special needs and dis- abilities in addition to conducting research in special needs education. The institute also has Workshops to maintain, repair, design, produce and assemble special materials and equipment for persons with special needs and disabilities.

Specially, the institute produces and sells learning materials and devices for use by persons with special needs for instance White canes for the visually impaired and ear moulds for the hearing at subsidised prices. Plans are underway for the institute to start production of Braille and Sign Language reading and Writing materials.

Jomo Kenyatta Foundation (JKF) The Jomo Kenyatta Foundation was incorporated under the Companies Act, Cap. 486, Laws of Kenya as a company limited by guarantee in 1966. The initial Working capital was sourced from various donors but by 1972, the foundation had fully repaid the loans and has since remained a self—financing and self-reliant institution.

JKF is a strategic parastatal with the mandate to advance education and knowledge for poverty alleviation through quality publishing and sponsorship of students in public secondary schools through income generated from the sale of its publications. Towards this goal, the foundation has a wide list of books for the early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary levels of schooling as well as a wide category of general readers.

The JKF scholarship programme was started in 1968 and so far has benefited about 15,000 students at a total cost of over Kshs200 million. Currently 1,600 students are enrolled, with 350 of them having joined Form One in 2013. Basically, the programme pays school fees for four years for sponsored students and sponsors needy and bright students from all counties in Kenya without ethnic, religious or gender discrimination.

The only criteria for the foundation to continue paying fees for the selected students is for the beneficiaries to perform well in their schoolwork. The foundation receives copies of the students’ report forms every term as a way of monitoring their performance.

However, priority is given to orphans and those from disadvantaged families that include disabilities. Gender parity in offered scholarships is also observed, with an almost 50:50 ratio in relation of male to female students among the beneficiaries.