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Moving Homeschooling Forward in Africa
January 28, 2014: Homeschoolers in Kenya recounted familiar hopes and challenges during a regional conference. HSLDA affirmed its commitment to helping African homeschoolers gain new resources and expanded freedom.

200,000 Kenyan children have been sentenced to ignorance
January 17, 2014: The Kenyan Daily Nation suggests that recognizing homeschooling is a solution to 200,000 children not receiving an education in Kenya.

Parents Have Every Right to Homeschooling
December 5, 2012: A Kenyan parent takes issues with the recent article released by the Ministry of Education on homeschooling and the proposed education bill.

Kenya to Outlaw Homeschooling?
November 24, 2012: Kenya is drafting a new law after adopting a new constitution, which does not make a provision for home education.

Bill Seeks To Lay Firm Ground For Education
November 23, 2012: Individuals and organizations have expressed reservations with the Basic Education Bill, 2012, saying it outlaws homeschooling.

Homeschool Movement Ignored by Parliament
November 14, 2012: HSLDA encourages members and friends to contact the Kenya parliament and urge lawmakers to protect the right of parents to homeschool.

East Africa: Homeschooling in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda
April 26, 2012: An annual homeschool conference in East Africa draws families from all walks of life.

The Edge in Homeschooling
April 19, 2012: With more than 100 families in Kenya choosing to homeschool their children, the Business Daily Africa explains how families are moving away from a one-size-fits-all education system.

Kenya: New Policy Recognizes Alternative Education
Homeschool mom and director of a Kenya homeschool groups discusses the current status of home education in this African country.

Florida’s CHESS Homeschool Organization Hosts Contest to Benefit Elimu Nyumbani
A Florida homeschooling organization is sponsoring an art contest to raise money and supplies for Elimu Nyumbani, Kenya’s national homeschooling organization.

Help Kenyan Homeschoolers Build New Facility
Brenda Anderson, an Avon representative based in Houston, Texas, has offered to raise funds in support of Elimu Nyumbani, a homeschool organization in Kenya.

Kenya Homeschool Update—October 2008
Thanks largely to the efforts of one pioneering family, homeschooling has come a long way in Kenya. About 100 families educate their children at home, backed by a homeschool support group and fund—raising network. But this progress is threatened by new laws that could restrict the freedom to homeschool.

Kenya Homeschool Update
Homeschooling in Kenya has a long history and was previously practiced by missionaries and foreigners living in the country. Over the last 10 years, a growing number of indigenous Kenyans have turned to this alternative as a means to provide education for their children.

Uncertain Future for Homeschooling in Kenya
In January 2003 the government of Kenya expanded the public school system by making it free to all children. The effect of this proclamation has been an overcrowding of the school classrooms. Because of this congestion and the cost of private schools, more Kenyan parents are turning to homeschooling to provide a quality education for their children.


 Country Information

Compulsory Education Age:
Basic and secondary education are compulsory, beginning at age 5.

Legal Status:
Homeschoolers currently take the position that homeschooling is not specifically addressed in the law. Following the implementation of the Basic Education Act (No. 14 of 2013), some government and school officials now say that homeschooling is illegal. However, homeschoolers are continuing to pursue amendments to the education law in parliament to explicitly recognize homeschooling. In addition, the Alternative Education Policy recognizes non-formal education. Currently, there is no interaction between homeschoolers and government.

Homeschoolers in Kenya ask, “Please pray that our government recognizes and endorses homeschooling in Kenya. There are not enough schools to educate all children up to the secondary level. Officials should recognize those parents who are doing it themselves and support them.”

Numbers of Homeschoolers:
More than 400 families

 Contact Information

Elimu Nyumbani
POC: Mary Muriuki, Director
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: 254-2-0721925530

East Africa Community of Homeschoolers (EACH)
Send a general email or inquiry about conferences

EACH Committee Members:

  1. Karobia Njogu
  2. Sarah Mawadri
  3. Mary Muriuki
  4. Liz and Patrice Gitonga
  5. Ruth and Alan Griffin
  6. Lucy and Maina Muriuki
  7. Isabella and George Onyango

Tel: +254 0733 769654 (Liz Gitonga)
+254 0738 940000 (Isabella Ng’ate-Onyango)

Last Updated: February 20, 2014