Esther Kioni

Esther Kioni

Senior Director, Training and Learning

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An educationalist for the last 20 years, Esther has accumulated experience from a range of education related assignments in the private and public sector. She started as a lecturer at the Kenya Polytechnic in Mathematics and Computer Studies. She later joined the private sector, where she was a consultant in office automation projects that ranged from assessing training needs of corporate clients, developing relevant training materials, training delivery, and offering post-training support. As a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, she was involved in the design and implementation of various network solutions in the private and public sectors. Esther’s accumulated experience was instrumental in the deployment of ICT solutions in more than 300 schools and the capacity building of more than 5,000 educators in various capacities. She has been involved in the design and evaluation of Education Technology projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria, and recently in the SADC region.

For the past 10 years, she has been an active practitioner in the conceptualization, fundraising, implementation, and management of eLearning projects targeted at improving teacher education practice through the use of ICT. Projects that Esther has actively contributed to include the contextualization of the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework in Rwanda (under GESCI), Nigeria and Tanzania (under the World Bank TDev 21 project), in Kenya for the Technical and Vocational Education sector, and in Uganda in the China Funds-in-Trust (CFIT) Project to enhance Teacher Education through active teaching and learning pedagogy.

She holds a Bachelor’s of Education Degree from Kenyatta University, a Master of Science specializing in Educational Technology from the University of Twente in the Netherlands, and a Postgraduate Diploma in ICT Leadership from Dublin City University. Born in Kenya, Esther has had the privilege of living in multicultural environments during her studies and her work. She lives in Nairobi with her children and enjoys cooking and entertaining (which has been greatly reduced by the pandemic ☹). Esther spends most of her weekends in her rural home with youth and women, serving as a mentor.

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