Kibabii University Wins Collaborative Research Grant


Strengthening Teacher Mentorship And Support Through School Based In-Service Teacher Training

Kibabii University Wins Collaborative Research Grant


Strengthening Teacher Mentorship And Support Through School Based In-Service Teacher Training


Kibabii University is a fast growing fully-fledged Public University established in accordance with the Universities Act (2012) through the award of Kibabii University Charter November 14th 2015. The University has two faculties: Faculty of Science (FS) and Faculty of Education and Social Sciences (FESS) and three Schools namely; School of Computing and Informatics (SCAI), School of Business and Economics (SOBE) and School of Graduate Studies (SGS). These Faculties and Schools offer various courses at Certificate, Diploma, Undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral levels. The vision of the University is to be a global and dynamic University of excellence in Science, Technology and Innovation. Kibabii University embodies the view that Science, Technology and Innovation are critical for sustainable utilization of material and human resources for the posterity of the universe. Thus, human beings have the moral obligation to creatively improve the environment. This is achieved in Kibabii University through a well-conceptualized educational, scientific, technological and innovative package through which our students rightfully experience and acquire tools to facilitate this philosophy. It is the University’s mission to achieve excellence in generation, transmission and enhancement of new knowledge in Science, Technology and Innovation through quality Teaching, Research, Training, Scholarship, Consultancy and Outreach programmes. The University has established itself as an emerging center in teaching, training, research and innovation in the region. The university recently won a grant of 64.3M from the National Research Fund (NRF) for ICT infrastructure, the university competitively won the full scholarship from IUCEA/East Africa Community to support international students pursuing Masters of Information Technology (IT) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Kibabii University.

Kibabii University (KIBU) in conjunction with Dar-es-salaam University College of Education (DUCE), University of Zambia (UNZA) and HELVETAS Swiss Interco- operation has won a research grant on Strengthening Teacher Mentorship and Support through School Based In-service Teacher Training. The project is funded by IDRC-Canada in collaboration with Global Partnership in Education (GPE) on Knowledge Innovation and Exchange (KIX) and will run from May, 2021 through October, 2023.The total grant of the project amounts to CAD 1,084,509.82. The project proposes an innovative practice-oriented teacher training approach through training of expert teachers, who will then introduce inclusive school based teacher training to their respective schools.  The approach is a combination of methods that improve teacher competences (thematic, didactic and pedagogical competence) through peer-to-peer learning, team teaching and model lessons. The other components of the approach are learner-centred teaching and inclusiveness with a focus on participation of all learners independent of their abilities and social background, and with attention for the needs of learners with disabilities and special needs. In line with the IDRC vision, the project is collaborative in nature, employing participatory models of research rather than imposing models from above.

Given the urgent need for competent teachers to play a key role in provision of quality education through better teaching and learning processes the project anticipates to develop a guiding manual for enhancing mentorship and support of teachers in secondary schools in Sub Saharan Africa. The project seeks to address classroom challenges that secondary school teachers in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) face and can be addressed through mentorship and support. The project will benefit the institution in acquisition of equipment and support doctoral students in their research work, research Dissemination and publication.

The team from Kibabii University is led by Prof. Julius. K. Maiyo other members include; Dr. Manasi Echaune, Dr. Muniri Muganda, Dr. Tecla Kirwa and Dr. Christine Nabwire Wanyama.

Project Team


Prof. Julius Kiprop Maiyo – PhD

Project PI - Kenya Team

Prof. Maiyo is an associate professor of Kibabii University, Department of Educational Planning and Management, Faculty of Education and Social Sciences. He specialized in Economics and planning of Education. Currently is the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics and Students Affairs and substantive Dean Faculty of Education and Social Sciences. He obtained his PhD in Education interdisciplinary from the University of Pune, under the scholarship of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) he also holds master of philosophy (Mphil) in Economics and Planning of Education from Moi University and a Bachelor’s degree in Education Arts (Maths & Economics) from Moi University. Prof. Maiyo also holds MBA in Human resource from Indian School of Business Management and Administration and has undertaken short training courses in University Leadership and Management Training from University of Oldenburg, Germany sponsored by Daad, New pedagogies in the 21st Century for Higher Education Teachers in Israel, funded by Israel’s agency for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of foreign affairs; Refresher course on PhD research methodology Training in social sciences and Humanities funded by Organization for Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA); Social Science Research Methodology sponsored by Organization for Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) and Dies/Crest course for Doctoral supervisors at African Universities in Stellenbosch University, South Africa, Sponsored by DAAD. He has won  several research funds which includes and not limited to: Greening Agriculture Value Chain for Sustainable Post-Harvest Losses Management in East Africa Community’ funded by UNESCO-UNEVOC; Enhancing Gender Responsive Procurement for Inclusivity and Women Empowerment In Kibabii University, Kenya  funded by Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU); Secondary Education Quality Improvement Project (SEQIP) region 4 Funded by World Bank; DIES National Multiplication Training Grant of 2019/2020 which focused on Enhancing  Change Projects in Higher Education Institutions for Sustainability funded by DAAD through Potsdam University.

Prof. Maiyo’s research focus includes education access, equity and efficiency; Poverty and inequality; Economic development and sustainability; gender studies, performance management; quality assurance; accreditation; Strategic planning; higher education; curriculum development and review; ISO certification and customer satisfaction; performance contracting and performance appraisals, staff training and consultancy. He has published several articles in referred journals, books and book chapters. He has guided, supervised and examined many masters and PhD students to completion in Kibabii University, Masinde Muliro University and University of Eldoret. He is an external examiner for Moi University in the department of Educational Management and Policy Studies. Prof Maiyo has participated actively in consultancy activities in particular as a peer reviewer at the Commission for University Education (CUE) and Inter University Council of East Africa (IUCEA) where he had an opportunity to audit and asses the quality of University Education in Kenya for compliance in 2017 and also in 2018. He has attended several conferences both locally and internationally such as East Africa Higher Education Quality Assurance forum in Endebbe Uganda in 2016, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 2017 Kigali, Rwanda – 2018 and Endebbe Uganda – 2019. Currently he is the secretary general for the East Africa Quality Assurance Network.


Dr. Echaune Manasi - PhD

Project Member

Dr. Manasi Echaune is a Lecturer at Kibabii University in the department of Educational Planning and Management.  Dr. Echaune holds a PhD in Educational Planning and Management from Kibabii University, Master of Education in Educational Planning and Management from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) and Bachelor of Education (Arts) in Economics and Accounting from University of Nairobi.  He has rich experience in project monitoring and evaluation, which he will bring into the project.  He taught in various secondary schools in Kenya for over fifteen years before joining the County government of Busia as Quality Assurance and Standards Officer in the department of Early Childhood Education and Vocational Training. Dr. Echaune currently serves as a member of the Editorial and Review board of the International Journal of Current Aspects, Edinburgh, Scotland and Sub Editor of the International Greener Journal. He has actively participated in developing several research grant proposals including Spencer Foundation, CODSREA among others.


Dr. Muganda Munir Manini , PhD

Project Member

Dr. Muganda Munir is a Senior Lecturer of Finance and Director of Quality Assurance at Kibabii University. He holds a PhD in Finance and Accounting. As a specialist in financial and human capital development, Dr. Munir’s work has focused on human interventions amongst companies across East Africa on optimal solutions for being competitive. Previously, he has been involved in various projects of rolling out financial literacy programmes to SMEs. As an alumnus of the World Bank Institute and International Trade Centre his key research interests include quality management systems, financial sector analysis and policy; economic analysis of investments; labour markets and income distribution issues, with emphasis on multiple dimensions of poverty, youth employment and economic sustainability. Dr. Munir has received specialized training on Higher Education Teaching from Harvard University, Derek Bok Centre for Teaching and Learning. He has vast public sector consultancy experience gained from projects funded by European Union, UNESCO/UNEVOC, Germany Development Bank (KFW), East African Community (EAC), Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) and Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). Dr. Munir has extensive University teaching and research experience, including supervision of postgraduate students and has published widely in banking, finance and economics journals.


Rev. Dr. Christine Nabwire Wanyama -PhD

Project Member

Rev Dr. Christine Nabwire holds PhD in Psychological Counselling and Master’s degree in Education Guidance and Counselling, both from Egerton University. She is currently a lecturer and a coordinator Institute of Gender and Development studies at Kibabii University. She has a broad knowledge on government policies, especially those on youth development, reproductive health, gender mainstreaming and child psychology. She created a mentorship program for student mothers, in close conjunction and the rural women peace link which received funding to set up a day care center at Egerton University. Founded the Nakuru Pastors wife’s mentorship program. Also founded the widows fellowship in Nakuru. Dr. Nabwire worked very closely with Justice and peace commission in Nakuru. She was coordinating human rights activities in the larger Nakuru District from 2005 to 2008.She was instrumental in rescuing abused girls from GBV in league with the rural women   peace link in Eldoret. They carried out sensitization on gender-based violence in public Universities. This gave birth to the association of Young mothers in Egerton University. Leading to the founding of a day-care centre for the student mothers.

Dr. Nabwire was awarded the champion of peace award in public universities by COVAW Kenya for this initiative. She is a member of Gender Mainstreaming Committee and Student Mentorship Programme.

Dr. Nabwire has attended a number of conferences and written a number of papers. She is a champion for the less privileged, a great orator who loves prayers. Trained in disability mainstreaming, etiquette and human rights. A great champion of girl child Education. She chairs Namboboto Secondary School Board in Samia Sub-county and a member of a number of school boards. She is also the Director, Counseling Services in ACK Nambale diocese.


Dr. Tecla Cecilia Kirwa - PhD

Project Member

Dr. Tecla is a lecturer in the Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting at Kibabii University. She holds a PhD in Business Management, Finance option from Moi University as well as Masters of Business Administration, Finance Option from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. She has been a member of several committees as well as a board member of several organizations. She has worked as a senior finance partner and Senior Business Development officer at Faulu- Kenya (Micro Finance Institution). Dr. Kirwa has worked as a consultant for the Certified Supervisory Skills Development Course of KIM. She is a recipient of Scholarship from HELB. She participated in developing three (3) Masters Programs which are funded by Inter University Council of East Africa (IUCEA) at Kibabii University. Her focus in research include; financial inclusion and innovation among Institutions in Kenya and across the globe. She is a certified monitoring and evaluation professional.


Ms. Eddah Khalayi

Project Secretariat

Ms .Eddah Khalayi is an Administrative Assistant in the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences. She is a holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Disaster Management and International Diplomacy, from Masinde Muliro University of science and Technology. She also holds a Diploma in Human Resource Management from the University of Nairobi, currently pursuing a Master of Science in Human Resource Management at Kibabii University. Ms. Khalayi also holds a certificate in Data Analysis – SPSS from PMOEA Ltd. She has previously worked at Project Management Office of East Africa Ltd (PMOEA) as a Training administrator. She is a certified Professional Trainer with Professional Trainers Association of Kenya (PTAK). Eddah has also participated in organizing and offering secretarial services to several workshops and projects. She is also a life Member of the Kenya Red Cross Society, (Bungoma branch) and takes great interest in voluntary work, youth empowerment and girl child mentorship and Education. Ms. Eddah’s role in this Project is to offer secretarial services to the Project team.