The Kenya Adult Learners’ Association was formed in 1990, during the International Literacy Year, by a group of adult literacy learners, led by Magdalene Gathoni, who graduated from a state of an illiterate adult to the point of obtaining her primary, secondary and further education.
Her idea of forming an association provided an avenue for adult learners in Kenya to articulate their issues was positively received due to the general decline in the provision of the programme adult education in Kenya.
The formation of KALA empowered learners to take an active part in adult literacy programmes through mobilization and empowerment by democratizing adult education programmes. The association forms an important resource base for innovative programmes such as economic empowerment, functional adult literacy activities and continuing education which catalyse the participation of adult learners in development projects in Kenya.
KALA understands the need for continuing education and learning of skills for adults (who are mainly women) and youths as links to income generation, productive work, and an improved family health.
The association, therefore, serves as a platform to articulate the perspective of adult learners on literacy by taking part in policy and implementation of the adult education programmes in Kenya.
Since formation, KALA has formed an important resource base for innovative programmes that catalyse the inclusion of adult learners to take a responsibility for their learning needs.
An established and vibrant association advocating for the provision of quality and relevant Adult Literacy and Continuing Education programmes to all adult learners in Kenya.
KALA’s mission is to create awareness of the adult education programme through mobilization of adult learners to enrol into literacy classes, empowering them through relevant and functional adult literacy programme and to lobby for effective implementation of Adult and Continuing Education programmes in Kenya.
- General Assembly
The Supreme Governing Body of the Association that meets once per year to elect the National Executive Committee, the Board of Trustees, appoint auditors, and approve the policies of the association.
- Executive Committee
This is the Policy-making body that meets four times a year. It comprises of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Regional Representatives
- Coordinating Secretariat
KALA has a Coordinating Secretariat comprised of the National Coordinator, Programme Officer, Finance Manager, Legal Officer and Communication Officer.