Information Communication and Networking
Information and communication technology acts as an invaluable means of gaining education and knowledge for adult learners. KALA shares adult learners’ information through the publications which are developed by adult learners and other players in the adult education sub-sector.
Information sharing plays a critical role for adult learners to acquire information through newsletters, workshops, and conferences. This increases participation of adult learners in all aspects of national development, through publications, thus strengthen learners exchange programme locally and internationally.
Adult education is categorized into four levels:
The KALA Resource Centre located at Kamuguga is a training institution established for integrating information and education-based activities addressing social skills of the community members using information communication and technology.
Due to nature and dynamism of adult learning, KALA Resource Centre provides a basis for learning and research activities, capacity building and networking for youths and adult learners, is in line with the Kenya Vision 2030, a project on Education and Training flagship, which lays emphasis on supplying computer programme to equip learners with ICT skills, necessary for addressing and responding to the diverse needs of adult learners.
By equipping of a management information system, the Centre capitalizes on acquiring digitized learning materials to enhance e-learning programme as a means of enabling adult learners to capitalize and expand their social, political and economic needs competitively.
The centre is also a training centre for adult learners and youths.
Learners’ Capacity Building
Providing training for skills development and support learners groups through economic empowerment and functional literacy and strengthening their livelihoods in business management.
Capacity building through “learning and earning” is a strategy by KALA geared towards mobilizing and enabling adult learners control over their lives, through functional (literacy) and economic (income generating) needs.
The functional aspect of literacy is addressed in the context of the daily life activities and the circumstances of adult learners. With the ability to read, write, numerate, and earn income, the quality of life of adult learners is improved and their self-esteem developed and enhanced.
Adult Learners’ Week
Since1999, when the Kenya Adult Learners Association launched the Kenya Adult Learners Week celebrations, adult learners have continued to advance their endeavours through sharing of ideas in a democratic platform.
KALA collaborated with the Directorate of Adult and Continuing Education (DACE) in planning for the Adult Learners’ Week events.
In 2009 the event was held in Masaba Sub-County.
In 2010, the event was held in Kamuguga, Kikuyu Sub-County, and Kiambu County
In 2011 ALW was celebrated in West Pokot County
In 2012, it was held in Vihiga County.
In 2013, the Adult Learners’ Week was held in Transmara Sub- County, Narok County
In 2014, the event took place in Tharaka Nithi County.
In 2015, KALA held the celebrations concurrently in Kiambu and Siaya Counties, and the national event was held in Nairobi.
In 2016, the event was celebrated in Kisumu County
KALA has embarked on a pilot e-learning programme targeting adult learners in Kenya. This programme, has seen many adult learners, enrolled into adult literacy classes, as it enhances their learning by use of modern technology in learning. E-learning enables adult learners to learn seamlessly and confidently thus compete with adult learners in other parts of the world.
Initially, learners would write on exercise books, which easily get defaced and lost. It cost adult learners money to replace the lost or defaced books. The e-readers kindles enable learners to access the pre-installed books by scrolling through to a book of their choice.
E-learning, however, does not replace traditional learning fully.
KALA’s economic empowerment programme has improved the well-being of adult learners by enabling them to attain a high standard of life.
In all the economic empowerment programmes, KALA has uplifted of adult learners in Narok, West Pokot, Kiambu, Narok, Machakos, Kirinyaga and Nakuru Counties. Many of these learners, who are women, have been able to engage in gainful employment. KALA’s economic empowerment programme has contributed to empowering adult learners to come together and start income generating activities after joining literacy classes.
KALA influences policy and advocate for the active participation of adult learners in all aspects that affect the promotion of adult education in Kenya. Our policy influences the government and other players in the adult education programmes at all levels. Our working are developed to improve the needs of communities which we serve through capacity building and provision of proper infrastructure for adult learning among others.
To achieve this, KALA takes a leading role in shaping the needs of learners through the Strategic Plan of KALA and Adult Learners’ Charter, which is a document that advocates for the participation of adult learners in all spheres of learning, through championing of the needs of adult learners in an all-inclusive manner.
KALA’s publications are published under the banner “Sauti ya Wanakisomo” (Learners’ Voices), which has four Kiswahili and English issues and two issues in local languages.