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Published: 4 days ago

The Dangers of Speech

In the aftermath of the 2007 general election that ended in violence and the death of over 1,000 Kenyans, we decided “never again” and set up the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), to promote ethnic harmony and investigate complaints of ethnic or racial …

Published: 2 weeks ago

(Class)Room For All

Ed: This essay is part of a series of essays on education policy in the country. Read part one and part two. by Nyambura Mutanyi We have made some progress in making education available to all Kenyan children. In the years since Free Primary Education was …

Published: 3 weeks ago

Masilahi ya Nyasi

It’s been 4 hours. Since all the research was done and I was ready to put this piece together. Four hours of staring at the computer – looking for an angle. Is there a new way to put old truths together so that they …

Published: 4 weeks ago

Entrepreneurship is Not for Everyone

by Alan Ong’ang’a Many young Kenyans today yearn to be entrepreneurs. They long to attain financial freedom. They want to influence things and attract fame. They want to make lots of money. With money comes the easy life and social recognition. How we so hate living …

Published: 1 month ago

Kenya: The Indigenous Homeland

by Ngala Chome According to my national registration document, I ‘come’ from a sub-location called Murimani, in a location called Kayafungo, in a division called Kaloleni, which is in a district called Kilifi. I have never lived in all these places. However, in Kenya, …

Published: 1 month ago

The Language-in-Education Policy Conundrum

Ed: This essay is part of a series of essays on education policy in the country. Find part one here. by Laila Le Guen The gap between language policy and actual implementation across educational institutions isn’t given the attention it deserves, and children’s learning …

Published: 2 months ago

The Wrath of the Gods

“You could hear women lamenting, children crying, men shouting. Some were calling for parents, others for children or spouses; they could only recognize them by their voices. Some bemoaned their own lot, others that of their near and dear. There were some so afraid …

Published: 2 months ago

Creating Others: A Two Story Dialogue

This essay was taken from Brainstorm’s third e-book, Ha!Kuna Matata, which is on security in Kenya and is available for free. DOWNLOAD IT HERE to read more such essays. Ed: Today we are running two essays. Both of these essays are from the same book and …

Published: 2 months ago

The Blindspots of STEM-Focused Education Reform

by Laila Le Guen Curriculum reform is a hot button topic in any part of the world but the stakes are particularly high in Kenya, where the 8-4-4 system has been so consistently criticised since its implementation. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics – known …

Published: 2 months ago

Divided We Fall

by Gragory Nyauchi The Kenya Sevens team recently won the Singapore Sevens title. In Kenya only 3 sports have ever taken an international stage and as a result captured the national imagination. Cricket, rugby and athletics. Cricket has been slowly creaking off it, in …

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