Reflecting on TOTEMK’s Impact on Teacher Development in Kenya


On May 6th, 2024, Strathmore University hosted the closing seminar for the Training of Trainers for Education Management in Kenya (TOTEMK) project, concluding a transformative journey aimed at enhancing teacher education and institutional management across Kenya. 

The TOTEMK project’s overarching goal is to strengthen the capacity of teacher education and institutional management in Kenya, ensuring a competent workforce capable of delivering the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) in Kenyan schools.

Led by experts in education, the seminar provided a platform to reflect on the project’s achievements, challenges, and the path forward in revolutionizing education practices in Kenya.

Dr. Magdalene Dimba, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Strathmore University, appreciated the government, stakeholders, and contributors for their unwavering support throughout the project’s tenure. She said the project served as a testament to the power of collaboration in advancing education and demonstrated a renewed commitment to transforming education practices for a brighter future in Kenya.

Prof. Seija Karppinen, Director of the Project from the University of Helsinki, summarized the essence of TOTEMK. She emphasized the project’s mission to address the evolving needs of 21st-century education and the implementation of the CBC in Kenya. She further highlighted efforts made in enhancing the quality of teacher education and the collaborative initiatives involving 22 universities across Kenya. Sustainability was underscored as a crucial aim, with outlined plans for continuous development of teacher skills beyond the project’s conclusion.

Tujia Marstio from the Laurea University of Applied Sciences stressed the vital role of digitalization in education, particularly in adapting to challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Her presentation highlighted the importance of equipping students with relevant skills in the digital age, while acknowledging educators as mentors and guides in this transformative journey.

On his part, Prof. Ismail Ateya, Director of the Office of Faculty Affairs at Strathmore University, challenged participants to embrace technological advancements in education. He said there is a need for student-centered approaches and continuous professional development to meet diverse learner needs in today’s dynamic world.

Dr. Peter Ouma from the University of Eldoret shared his journey with education technology and the profound impact of the CBC. Joining the TOTEMK Project in November 2021, Dr. Ouma underwent comprehensive training, resulting in the development of tailored CBC training manuals. At the University of Eldoret, innovative digital tools like Mentimeter have facilitated data-driven decisions, enhancing the learning experience.

Furthermore, Prof. Francis Indochi from Maseno University reflected on the transformative impact of TOTEMK on their institution, emphasizing needs assessment and stakeholder engagement in curriculum development.

Prof. Nabwire Violet Opata and Dr. Philomena Chepsiror from Moi University highlighted challenges and advantages of aligning courses with CBC directives. Despite facing the task of realigning professional courses, Moi University diligently adhered to guidelines, propelling them towards learner-centered teaching paradigms.

As the seminar drew to a close, there was a palpable sense of gratitude and inspiration among participants. According to Dr. Dimba, the TOTEMK project had not only equipped educators with necessary tools and skills but had fostered collaboration and innovation within the education sector.

Article written by Isha Rukiko Geneviève and Njilabu Muamba Clarisse

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