rDr. Otieno Dorcas Beryl (Mrs.) eKenyan , Languages: Luyhia, Luo, Kiswahili, English


hP.O. Box 59468-00200, Nairobi 254-2-7122503/Mobile - 072777734



PhD – The importance of a Dynamic School Curriculum in the promotion of Environmental Ethics in Kenya Schools, 2002, Kenyatta University. Master of Education (M.Ed.) Environmental Education,1990-1992: Kenyatta University. Bachelor of Education, (Arts) Upper Second class Hons. 1977-1980 University of Nairobi.



1974: 1976:

aKenya High School, East African Certificate of Education ‘O’ Level (EACE). aKenya High School East African Advance Certificate of Education (EAACE).

SHORT TRAINING COURSES: 1. Corporate Governance Training for Chairmen of Parastatals in East Africa, Serena Hotel Kigali Rwanda August 2008. 2. Education for Sustainable Development Innovations: Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities, UNEP Gigiri 2006


3. Corporate Governance Training at KCB Mangement Center, Karen from 5th-7th November 2007 4. Performance Contracting for Corporate Institutes, April 2006 Utali College 5. Corporate Governance training, July 25-31, 2004, Mombasa, Serena Beach Hotel. 6. NGO Management Course organised and sponsored by Danida in conjunction with NIRAS, at the Agricultural College, Arhus, Denmark, Sept2003-Dec 2003. • Effective Organizational Communication • Participatory Approaches including Gender Analysis, Gender and Development. • Institutional Development & Organizational Strengthening • Managing Financial Resources • Human Rights Development 7. Senior staff management seminar/training organized by Kenyatta University at Diani Grand Reef Hotel Mombasa, August 2000 8. Senior staff management seminar/training organized by Kenyatta University at the Traveler”s Beach Hotel Mombasa, 25th-29th August 1999. 9. Business Communication Skills Course conducted by the British Council from January February 1996. 10. Senior staff management seminar/training organized by Kenyatta University at Golden Beach Hotel Mombasa 31st October to 4th November 1995. 11. Leadership skills training conducted by Light House Consultants at the Light House Nairobi 1995. 12. Oral presentation skills course conducted by the British Council, from 27th to 25th November 1995.

SUMMARY OF PROFESSIONAL SKILLS, EXPERIENCE & EXPERTISE Competencies Leadership skills, Team worker with good communication skills, accountable, planning and organizing, networking, training and staff development as well as resource utilisation, have experience in risks mitigation and conflict resolution, managing performance. Throught my professional development I have developed values of integrity, respect for national diversity and gender sensitivity

Managerial & Coordination Competencies: • Chair-Person, the Board of National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).


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Executive Director and co-ordinator of programmes at the Kenya Organization of Environmental Education (KOEE). Chair Rotary Country Environment Officer, coordinating the implementation of the Rotary Environmental Strategy. Co-ordinator: The Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Greater Nairobi, for Implementing Education for Sustainable Development under the UNESCO DESD whose Secretariat is based at KOEE. This is a partnership programme bringing together Government departments, Private Sector and Civil Society.

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Previously Chair-Person department of Environmental Studies and Community Development, Kenyatta University, Coordinator of both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and courses in the department of Environmental Studies and Community Development, Kenyatta University.


Coordinator; Kenyatta University/Nottingham Trent University Academic Link on Gender Environmental Development Education and Professional Development, sponsored by the DFID.

Supervisory skills • • As Executive Director of KOEE, I Supervise Several Staff working on five different programmes. As Chair-person at National Environment Management Authority with almost 300 staff countrywide, I provide leadership to the Board and monitor implementation of policy and activities by the management. • As a chairperson at Kenyatta University I supervised a total of thirteen (13) staff in the department of Environmental Studies and community Development running both undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programmes.

Strategic Planning • • • • Currently developing ESD strategy for Rwanda Environmental Management Authority Speer headed the Development o the ESD strategy for Kenya NEMA strategy KOEE strategy

Programme Development


Designed and revised the undergraduate and postgraduate programme, transforming the department’s name from Environmental Socio-cultural studies to department of Environment and community Development, Kenyatta University.

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Design and develop Environmental Sustainability Programmes, Education and Training programmes at KOEE within UNESCO & UNEP’s mandate and areas of concentration Design and production of environmental education and training teaching/learning materials, tools, instructional aids and other resources at KOEE to improve Environmental Education and Training.

Programme co-ordination • Co-ordinating and providing technical advice on the development of the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) strategy for Kenya being developed by NEMA and UNESCO, 2003-to date • Member of the UNESCO African Regional ESD Steering Committee, Spearheading the

ESD Baseline study in Africa and drafting of the African ESD working paper. • • Co-ordinator, Eco-schools Programme in Kenya. Co-ordinator, “Environmental Sustainability Watch” Project in Kenya Chapter of the

International Sustainability Watch programme

Research Skills Quantitative and Qualitative methodologies including Action Oriented research • • Supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate Students at Kenyatta University Undertaken, Baseline and Participatory Studies

Technical and logistical advisor • Provide technical and logistical support to students,( career, course selection) both academic and support staff (defining work ethics, preparing operational budgets), in the department of Environmental Studies and community Development. • Proposal writing and Fundraising for the KOEE programmes

Information and Networking • Chief Editor, Eco-schools in Africa quarterly newsletter as well as the KOEE website ( which promotes information exchange and sharing.


Participate in local and international meetings, workshops/seminars and conferences

Fund Raising Proposal Development and fundraising: Founded and Established Kenya Organization for Environmental Education. In 1997 and have continued to fundraise and develop it to run currently 5 donor funded programmes.

BOARDS AND COMMITTEES SERVING/SERVED 1. Chair person of the Board of management, National Environment management Authority. November 2006-todate • • • • • • • Provide overall leadership to the Board Maintain close, but independent, working relationship with the NEMA CEO. Act as informal link between the Board and Management Conduct Board Meetings Chair meetings of the board Guide Board’s decision making process Head the Board evaluation process

2. Acting Chair Person of the Board of Management, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) February – Nov. 2006 . 3. Vice Chair Person of the Board of Management, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) 2003- February 2006 4. Member of the NEMA Board Sub committee on Research and Development, 2003-2006 5. Member of the NEMA Board Sub committee on Finance and Development, 2003-2006 6. Member of the Global Civil Society and Vice Chair of the African Civil Society Committee for the UNEP Governing Council. 2006-2007 • Provide Strategic guidance to CSOs in preparation to and as a follow up to the GCSF and GC/GMEF • Draft the Global civil society statement, based on the 6 regional civil society statements. • Mobilizing CSOs in the UNEP regions for the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 GCSF cycle, including promoting accreditation at UNEP Governing Council. Etc.


7. Member of the Kenya Steering Committee for Education for Sustainable Development Implementing the UNESCO DESD. 2004- to date. 8. Member of the Nile Basin Kenya Country Environmental Education Steering Committee 2004 todate 9. Chair Person, The Executive committee of the International Sustainability Watch Programme. 2006 to2007 10. Member of the Advisory committee of the Centre for Gender Studies, Kenyatta University, 2006 11. Member of The Association of African Universities (AAU) Sub Committee for Promoting Gender Equality in Universities in Africa” 1995. 12. Member of The Operation Kenyatta University Outreach (UKUO) 1995. 13. Member of The 8-4-4 system of Education Kenyatta University Evaluation Committee 1995. 14. Member of the Faculty of Environmental Studies Board of Post-graduate Studies 1995-todate 15. Member of the Faculty of Environmental studies board of Undergraduate Studies 1995-todate 16. Member of the Students Disciplinary committee 2000 –2001 17. Kenyatta University Senator 1994- -Feb. 2003

EMPLOYMENT RECORD 1981-1989: High School Teacher and Examiner in Social Education and Ethics, with the Kenya National Examinations Council. August1991-Dec. 1991: Jan.1992 - April 1993: May 1993-Nov 1994 Intern at the United Nations Environmental Education and Training Unit (UNEP) Assistant Lecturer at Thogoto Teachers College. Tutorial Fellow at Kenyatta University, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Department of Environmental Studies and Community Development. Nov 1994-2002 Lecturer at Kenyatta University, Department of Environmental


Studies and Community Development.


Ag. Chairman of Department of Environmental Studies and Community Development, Kenyatta University.

1997 –Feb.2003

Chairman; Dept. of Environmental Studies and Community Development, Kenyatta University.


Senior Lecturer, Kenyatta University, Department of Environmental Management Planning and Community Development

Community Based Work 1997 to date

Executive Director, Kenya organization for Environmental Education (KOEE). a) Implementing programmes of the organization b) Developing of and recommending to the board the long term strategy, business plans and annual operating budgets, establishing proper internal monitoring and control systems and procedures. c) Providing leadership to the employees d)Principal spokesperson of the Organization e) Coordinating and preparing business related proposals, reports and other submissions for the board and donors f) Maintaining a conducive work environment for attracting, retaining and motivating employees g) Ensuring continuous achievement of the organisations financial and operating goals and objectives h) Attending to personnel matters including organizational structures, appointments, welfare and training. Community Service projects Implemented
• Eco-schools programme: Planning and Implementation of Natural Based Micro-projects related to Water, Energy, Health, Agriculture, Biodiversity and Waste in schools and Community in all provinces of Kenya. • Sustainability Watch

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World Environment Day Sustainable Environment Community Development programme in Kisumu

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Partron of Vihiga Development Community A Developing schools as centers for sustainale development in Kibera, Nairobi


The Blue Flag Campaign: Environmental campaign to preserve the coastal waters and environmental resources

ENVIRONMENTAL COURSES TAUGHT AND EXAMINED AT KENYATTA UNIVERSITY Environmental Ethics and Development Social & Environmental Aspects of Industrialization and Urbanization Culture and Environmental Law Resource Use and Political Ideology Basics of Community Development Culture and Politics of the Environment Cultural Education and Environment Environmental Health Environmental Impact Assessment Environmental management Systems Research Methods Philosophy of Environment and Community Development Environmental Education/Education for Sustainable Development Capacity building and Project Development Environment and Under-development Communities and Environmental Quality Environmental Aesthetics Women and Environment in Africa








PROJECTS (Some) 1. B.Env. An Evaluation of the need of Environmental management Systems in Universities: A case study of Kenyatta University. 2007

2. B.Env. Electronic waste management in Kenya, a case study of computers and mobiles in mombasa central business district. 2007 3. M.Env. Integrating ‘Education for sustainable development’ in dairy management in Kandara, Maragua District, Kenya. 2006 4. M.Env. Barriers to Education for Sustainable Development in Kenya. Acase of Secondary Schools in Southlands Nairobi. 2006. 5. M.Env. Gender Roles in Agroforestry for Household, Food Security and Environmental Conservation. A case of Meru South District. 2006. 6. M.Env. An integrated ecosystem assessment and its contribution to human well being: a case study of Nairobi National Park. 2006 7. M.Env. Assessment of Agro forestry awareness levels among learners in schools. A case study of Mathira Division Nyeri District 2005 8. The potential of Environmental Education in Primary Schools in promoting sustainable development. A case of Karunga zone, Gilgil Division, Nakuru District. 2006 9. B. Env. Building the capacity of women to generate more income. The case of brick making in Luanda Division of Vihiga District, Western Kenya Province, 2000 10. B.Env. Community Initiative in Waste Management: A study of Korogocho slum areaNairobi 1999 11. B.Env. Impact of Increasing Urbanisation of Nairobi City on Recreation In its Open Spaces: A Case Study of Uhuru Park.1998 12. B.Env. Solid Waste Management in Urban Areas: A Case Study of Muthua Estate in Karatina Town, Nyeri District, 1998 13. M.ED. Sociology: The persistence of Poor Water and Sanitation and its impact on Children in the Slum areas of Nairobi 1995.

RESEARCH, EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY INTERESTS • • • Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Environmental Education and Training Environmental Education Curriculum development

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Environmental Action Learning Environmental Impact Assessment and Auditing Sustainability Watch and Monitoring. Environmental Ethics Gender, Environment and Development Youth and sustainable development Environment and Community Development Participatory project management

RESEARCH • Status of Educations for Sustainable Development in Africa, Commissioned and Sponsored by UNESCO, September 2005. • • Baseline Survey for Environmental Action Learning in Nyanza province, 2004 Importance of a dynamic school curriculum in the promotion of Environmental Ethics in Kenya (Ph.D Thesis 2002) • Environmental Action Learning for waste management in low-income settlements East of Nairobi. Sponsored by UNESCO 2001. • Needs Assessment for Environmental Action Learning for rehabilitating the Nairobi Rivers, Commissioned by UNEP and HABITAT, the on-going project Save the Nairobi Rivers, a pilot project of Managing Water for African Cities. 2000. • Participatory Needs Assessment on Gender Roles in Poverty Alleviation and Natural Resource Conservation in Luanda Division. Kenyatta University-Nottingham Trent University Links project. Sponsored by British Council and DFID 1999 • Participatory Needs Assessment for Environmental Action Learning in Schools and Community Groups in Nairobi sponsored by UNESCO 1998 • An evaluation of the 8-4-4 programmes at Kenyatta University: Commissioned and sponsored by Vice Chancellor’s office, Kenyatta University. 1995 • Survey of the role of Primary School Women Teachers in Environmental Education and Awareness Building in Nairobi, Kenya. A Masters Project 1992


Publications Papers • The Role of Universities in Sustainable Development • ESD& IT- Nile Basin Durban Action Learning: A tool for Promoting Values and Ethics in Education for Sustainable Development. Paper prepared for a consultation on ”Drivers and Barriers for Learning for Sustainable Development in Pre-School, School and Teacher Education”. 27-29 March 2006, Goteborg, Sweden. • Re-orienting Higher Education to address Environmental Sustainability. Paper prepared for the Regional Conference on the Role of African Universities in the attainment of Millennium Development Goals. 14-18 November 2005 At the School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi. • Developing a Environmental Policy Towards Greening Kenyatta University: Paper prepared for the International Conference: EMSU002 in Africa, Environmental Management for Sustainable Universities: The Role of Higher Education in Sustainable Development. 11-13 September 2002, Rhodes University, Grahams town, South Africa. • Education for Sustainability in Kenya: An assessment of progress made in implementing Agenda 21(1992-2002). The Kenya NGO position towards the earth summit 2002 and beyond • Women and Sustainable development in Kenya: An assessment of progress made in implementing agenda 21(1992-2002). The Kenya NGO position towards the earth summit 2002 and beyond. • • Education for Sustainable Development, Experiences from Kenya in Bildung fur nachhaltige Entwicklung by Herz O, Sebold H, Strobl G. Leske + Budrich, Opladen 2001 Education for Sustainability in Eastern and Southern Africa, An evolutionary of National and Regional policies in the field of education in Edgar Morin in UNESCO Journal -“Seven complex lessons in Education for the future” by Edgar Morin 2001.

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Books, Guides and Training Tools SSA ESD for Universities

Otieno Dorcas, Odeke Gregory, Wabwire John. Learners( Upper primary Guides on Water, Health, Agriculture, Biodiversity and Waste ,Education for Sustainable Development 2006 Otieno Dorcas, Odeke Gregory, Wabwire John. Learners( Secondary Guides) on Water, Health, Agriculture, Biodiversity and Waste, Education for Sustainable Development. 2006 Otieno Dorcas, Odeke Gregory, Wabwire John. Learners Primary Teachers Guide to the Ecoschools Programme, Education for Sustainable Development. 2006 Otieno Dorcas, Odeke Gregory, Wabwire John. Learners Secondary Teachers Guide to the Ecoschools Programme, Education for Sustainable Development. 2006 Otieno Dorcas, Odeke Gregory, Wabwire John. Teachers Training Module, Programme, Education for Sustainable Development. 2006 Eco-schools

Others • • • Environmental Action learning/Eco-schools in Africa (Awards) Training Video. 2005. Value base Action learning for Water Management in Kenyan Schools. August 2001 Environmental Action Learning Guideline Considerations for Rehabilitating and Sustaining the Nairobi Rivers. KOEE, UNEP, HABITAT, 2000 • Community education and Outreach Education Leaflet for the Nairobi River Basin Project. UNEP, HABITAT, 2000 • “ Pachamama”: Our earth – Our Future. By Young People of the world, based on GEO-2000the Global Environment Outlook Report of the United Nations Environment Program.1999 (Review). Website publication • Chief Editor, KOEE website (

Press Publications • Chief Editor: Eco-schools in Kenya Newsletter, Issues No. 1-8 (2003-2006) KOEE publication Sponsored DANIDA


Workshop Proceedings (Some) The Journey of Schools and Communities towards Sustainability in Kenya. Promoting ESD through regional centres of expertise Case of Greater Nairobi • Networking: Paper presented during the management seminar for Women Managers in the public sector Garden Hotel, Machakos, April 2000 • Sustaining the school-feeding programme: the Eco-school approach. In Regional Workshop proceedings, Eco-school in Africa, Awareness creation, innovations and case studies. 2000 • Social Environmental Impact Assessment Public Participation and Stake Holder Analysis: A case study of Ngara Beautification project (Arya-Vedic Eco-school project) paper presented in a training seminar on Environmental Impact Assessment organised by the Kenya Institute of Administration, 24th May 2000. • Environmental Action Learning (Eco-Schooling) , a strategy for the new millennium, paper presented at the Environmental Education International conference organized by the South African Association of Environmental Education in Mbabane Swaziland, 10th-14th 2000. • Social Environmental Impact Assessments in Kenya” in the Training Workshop proceedings, Compiled by the Kenya Institute of Administration, Nairobi Kenya 1999 • “The concept of the Eco-School”. In the Regional (Eastern and Southern Africa) Networking/Training Workshop Proceedings: Environmental Action Learning Requirements held at the National Museums of Kenya 24th-28th August 1999. • The Eco-school project and the Awards Scheme, In the proceedings of the Teachers and Principals workshop held at the British Council on the 28th Nov. 1999 • Women in Leadership for Environmental Resource Conservation and Management in Workshop Proceedings Training on Networking for Gender Roles in Poverty Alleviation and Natural Resource Management in Luanda Division, Vihiga, Kenya.1998 • African Ethics for environment and development, a missing link in the school curriculum: the case for Kenya. In the proceedings of the 5th International congress of Ethno-biology. 2-6 1996, Nairobi, Kenya. • Environment, Urbanisation and Sustainable Development: Gender Perspectives. NGO position paper written for Dakar/Beijing Conference on Women 16th -23rd November 1994.



Indigenous Forests and Trees: Socio-cultural effects and Environmental Education” (1994). A paper Delivered at the Teachers Training Workshop organised by the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya. 17th - 14th August 1994, KEFRI NAIROBI.


“Rediscovering the lost people and Unearthing Indigenous Knowledge (1994). Paper delivered at the wildlife Clubs of Kenya on 25th September, during Wildlife clubs seminar Nairobi


Environment and Sustainable Development in Kenya. Seminar paper written for The Catholic Secretariat Training Workshop on: Disaster Preparedness and Management 29th July 1995.


“Women, Environmental Education and sustainable Development”(1993). Paper delivered on at the Pan Africa Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, during the first International Conference for Social Science Network, SOMA - NET Conference proceedings


The role of Women in Environmentally Friendly Systems and Technology of Solid Waste Management” (1993). Paper delivered at the Tom Mboya College, Kisumu during the Kenya National Assembly of Women and the Environment organized by Women in Development and Environment Network (WIDEN), Kenya.


“The Multi Media Approach in Education” (1990) Seminar Paper for the Department of Communication and Technology, Kenyatta University.

Training International/Regional • Education for Sustainable Development, Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities Training workshop held at the Kenya School of Monetory Studies, Nairobi, may 2006. • Nile Trans Boundary Environmental Action Project (NTEAP) Basic Environmental Education and Awareness Material Development Training workshop held in Khartoum, Sudan, January 2005. • Regional (Eastern and Southern Africa) Networking/Training workshop on Environmental Action Learning Requirements held at the National Museums of Kenya, 24th-28th August 1999. • Eco-schools in Uganda: Experiences. Workshop held at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, Entebbe 11th March 2000. • Eco-schools innovations in Rwanda: Workshop held at the Park Palace, Kigali 13th March 2000



UNESCO International Summer School workshop held in Belfield, Germany, 30th July – August 8th 2000 Theme: Water, a basic resource


Environmental Eco-School Capacity Development Seminar for the Eastern Africa SubRegion, 23-28 April 2001 at Reef Hotel. Mombasa. Local • Teachers Participatory Needs Assessment workshop for Environmental Action Learning held at the National Museums of Kenya, KOEE, Nairobi. September 1998 • Community Groups Participatory Needs Assessment Workshop for Environmental Action Learning and held at the Mathare Youth Polytechnic, Nairobi, KOEE October 1998. • Training on Networking for Gender Roles in Poverty Alleviation and Natural Resource Management Sponsored by DFID and organised by the department of EnvironmentalSocio-cultural Studies, Kenyatta University and the department of Tertiary and Secondary Education, Nottingham Trent University, in Luanda Division, Vihiga District, Rock Motel, Kisumu. (1998) • Community Education and Outreach workshop for schools and community groups in Nairobi, The Nairobi River Basin Project. “Everyone lives Downstream” held at the National Museums of Kenya 23rd-25th March 2000 • Environmental Impact Assessment organised by the Kenya Institute of Administration, 24th May 2000. • Sustainable management of school-based feeding programme training of Non-formal trainers at Kariokor Social Hall 21st March 2000 • Training of Trainers workshop on environmental education. 4-8 September 2000 at Kaimosi Teachers Training College, Vihiga District • Training of Eco-schools co-ordinators on micro-project design implementation and management at Ukweli Pastoral Centre January 2004. • Training of Trainers on localising curriculum and Environmental Action Learning Methodologies at Ukweli pastoral Centre May 2004 • Training of Trainers for Eco-schools Nyanza programme on Environmental curriculum and material development, at Ukweli Pastoral Centre, August 2004.


SOME OF THE ECO-SCHOOL PROJECTS INITIATED UNDER KOEE Initiated Eco-school activities through developing: school environmental policies; local curriculum; micro-projects, partnerships and networks as follows: • • • • • • • • • • • Water Quality Monitoring Nature trail/Biodiversity conservation Waste Management: Water harvesting Public Health Agriculture/Agro forestry/ Tree planting Energy conservation Biodiversity conservation Landscaping (beautification) of open spaces: Food for work activities for sustaining school-feeding program e.g. Kitchen gardening School/Community events organized include world environment day, clean up the world, tree planting and environmental exhibitions.

PREVIOUS CONSULTANCIES 1. Establishment of Women in Environment and Development Network (WIDEN) centre. June 1994. 2. Project Co-ordinator for WIDEN: Training of women groups in Kenya on the making and use of the Fireless Cooker. Funded by CIDA Canada. 19963. Developed programmes proposal for WIDEN: The adoption of energy saving technologies in Kajiado, Nyeri, Kiambu and Nairobi districts. 1996

MEMBERSHIP TO PROFESSIONAL/NGO ORGANIZATIONS 1. Environmental Research Education and Training Consulting Services Ltd. (ENRET). 2. Social Science and Medicine Africa Network (SOMA - NET). 3. The Association of African Women for Research and Development (AAWORD) (K).

4. Women in Development and Environment Network (WIDEN) 5. The African Centre of Studies and Technology (ACTS) 6. Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA). 7. The Eastern Africa Environmental Network (EAEN).

AWARDS 1. Ministry of Education Scholarship for M.Ed. Course at Kenyatta University 1990. 2. BOSTID/USAID Pre-Research Grants via the National Research Council, Bostid for Ph.D Project: The importance of a Dynamic School Curriculum in the promotion of Environmental Ethics in Kenya Schools, 1993/94. 3. DAAD Research Grants, under the special Faculty Kenyatta university/Germany Science exchange programme, 1997. 4. DANIDA Fellowship Training on NGO management, Arhus, Sept –Dec. 2003 5. Presidential award of the Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW) for the exemplary Service to the Nation of Kenya. Dec 2008


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