STEAMLabs Africa and Zizi Afrique Foundation Executive Directors Felix Malombe, and John Mugo respectively, are the Kenyans in Africa Education Medal’s top 10 finalists. Launched this year, this award seeks to recognize exemplary African leaders working to transform education across the continent.
Africa Education Medal’s call for submissions was made in April this year. Its target individuals are people working to better pre-kindergarten, K-12, vocational and university education in different capacities. These include educators, school administrators, civil society leaders, public servants, government officials, political leaders, technologists, and innovators.
As the STEAMLabs’ Executive Director of Africa, Felix Malombe has an impressive track record. His organization trains students and educators on STEM education, the SDGs, environmental sustainability, and ICT integration in education. Felix is a teacher at Crawford International School. He is also a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Trainer, and Fellow who has trained over 4,000 teachers since 2018.
Since the pandemic, Felix has been training Kenyan educators. In the first sessions in May 2020, he carried out 7 weekly webinars dubbed Remote Learning Methodologies (RLM). Subsequently, he trained over 500 teachers in Kenya on effective pedagogical practices using Microsoft Teams. Additionally, Malombe is also zealous about closing gender gaps. As part of Africa Code Week, his organization trained 1,000 teachers to code, half of them women. As a result, this impacted around 31,000 learners – 60% of whom are girls, helping to bridge the gender divide in coding.
John Mugo is Executive Director of Zizi Afrique Foundation. This is an NGO that works to improve learning outcomes for young people by nurturing learning, and working skills. So far, the organization has grown rapidly to help improve the learning outcomes of over 30,000 children. Furthermore, it has provided skills training opportunities to over 1,000 young people facing extreme adversities. Mugo is also an education reform advisor to the Kenya Institute of Special Education, the Ministry of Education, and other institutions.
In February 2011, he became the country manager of Twaweza. In addition to that, he was one of the founders of the Uwezo large-scale assessment. This household-based assessment was conducted in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, reaching 100,000 children and engaging nearly 30,000 citizen volunteers yearly. Uwezo became part of East Africa’s story in recognizing the learning crisis and integrating learning as a parameter for measuring education progress.
The Africa Education Medal 2022 nominee has also contributed to the Early Language and Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (ELANA). This is a citizen-led direct child assessment for Language and Math. John contributes part of his salary and mobilizes colleagues and friends toward educating the children of marginalized communities in Lamu Forest and Tana River County.
Africa Education Medal Other Finalists
The other finalists for the Africa Education Medal 2022 award include Former President of Tanzania H.E. – Jakaya Kikwete, VC University of Cape Town South Africa – Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, GoToSpace Botswana Founder and CEO – Basuti Bolo, Ivory Coast Enko Education Founder and Chairman – Cyrille Nkontchou, Teach For Nigeria CEO – Folawe Omikunle, Founder and CEO Comic Republic Nigeria – Jide Martin, National Coordinator Think Young Women Gambia – Musu Bakoto Sawo, and Founder and CEO Georges Malaika Foundation DRC -Noella Coursaris Musunka.
According to the organizing team, the winner of the Africa Education Medal will be announced in September. Finalists will be assessed by a jury comprising prominent individuals based on rigorous criteria.