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Conferences

The Foundation convenes multi-disciplinary conferences/ seminars/ workshops and discussions both physically and electronically (e-seminars/ e-conferences). The Kenya conferences/ seminars/ workshops and discussions began in 2012 and have been successful, receiving impressive presentations and participation. The first Pre-Colonial History of the Kalenjin: Methodological Approaches was held on Wednesday 30 May 2012 at the Eldoret Club, Uasin Gishu County, with the support of the Department of History, Political Science and Public Administration, Moi University, and a small grant from the Ford Foundation.

The second A Reflection on the Works of B E Kipkorir was convened on Thursday 23 August 2012 at the University of Nairobi in collaboration with the Institute of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies (IAGAS) at the University.

The third Sport and Local Development in Kenya: Past and Present Successes and Challenges, and Future Safeguards was held on Thursday 29 November 2012 at St. Patrick’s High School-Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County, in collaboration with the school.

The fourth Emerging Trends in Oral Traditions (Literature) and Indigenous Languages Research in Kenya was held Wednesday-Saturday 22-25 May 2013 at A.I.C. Guest House-Tot, Elgeyo Marakwet County, in collaboration with Kenya Oral Literature Association (KOLA) with membership from Eastern African universities. The association is hosted at the Department of Literature, University of Nairobi. This seminar was unique because there were oral performances from Marakwet and Pokot communities aimed at fostering peace and national dialogue.

The fifth forum was an open discussion on clan-based identities in Kenya Demystifying Ethnic Identities in Kenyan Post-Colony: A Clan by Clan Analysis organized at the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi, on Thursday 27 June 2013 from 9.a.m. to 4 p.m. local time. It brought together discussants from different ethnic/ linguistic affiliations in Kenya and will lead to research Clan Approach to the Study of the Peoples of Eastern Africa over Time on totemic clans, with intent of producing a compendium of Eastern Africa totemic clans in order to promote national integration and cohesion by challenging prevalent ethnic-based identity stereotypes.

The sixth seminar Conflict in Kenya, the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa was held in Collaboration with the Department of Research, the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, on Thursday 28 November 2013 at Jubilee Auditorium, Lang’ata Campus, the Catholic University of Eastern Africa from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time.

The seventh seminar Peaceful Kenya’s 2017 Elections: The Imperative of Calming Ethnic Fault Lines was held in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Foundation on Thursday 27 April 2017 at YMCA-Central, Nairobi, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time.

The eighth forum was an open discussion Politics and the Future of Kenya on Thursday 29 March 2018  at the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi, from 5.30 p.m. local time.

The ninth to twelfth forums were Webinar series offered through GoToWebinar: Agriculture and Food Security in Africa on Thursday 15 November 2018, Poaching and Wildlife Conservation in Africa on Thursday 29 November 2018, Africa’s Image in the World in the New Era on Thursday 13 December 2018, and A Reflection on African Union Agenda 2063 on Thursday 27 December 2018. The forums opened at 15.00 GMT and closed at 17.00 GMT.

The thirteenth forum was a Kenya seminar A Literature and Culture Colloquium in Honour of the Late Prof. Chris Lukorito Wanjala convened at Kisii University, Kapenguria Campus, in collaboration with the university, the County Government of West Pokot, and Association of Literature Scholars of Kenya (ALSOK), on Saturday 26 January 2019, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time.

The fourteenth conference Monetizing Academic Research and Works of Art was a series of informal discussions that began in Makerere University, Uganda, in July 2018 and ended on Thursday 27 February 2020 at Uganda Martyrs University, Kampala, Uganda, between 2 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. local time.

The fifteenth conference Thematic Transitions in African Literature, 1990-2020 was administered online on Thursday 19 December 2019 from 15.00 GMT to 17.00 GMT.

The sixteenth conference Emerging Technological Solutions as Vocational Skills was administered online on Saturday 25 April 2020 from 09.00 GMT to 11.00 GMT.

The seventeenth conference was a lecture Africa and COVID-19: Lessons from Other Regions by Dr Richard Mariita, PhD, on Saturday 16 May 2020, 13.00-15.00 GMT.

The eighteenth conference was a discussion Supporting Communities in the Fight Against COVID-19 by Jemiama Tschetter Dassen, on Saturday 6 June 2020, 14.00 – 15.00 GMT.

Open Sources

The Open Sources Programme is a discussion platform for various socio-cultural themes, one theme/ case one day every week in different cultures, sub-cultures and trends, especially indigenous, around the world that began on Saturday 29 June 2013. A group of five knowledgeable elders/ sources come together to brainstorm, discuss or research on them, take minutes of the meetings and record the proceedings. The proceedings are transcribed, translated and gaps for further enquiry noted. Then they are published in book, booklet, and article forms.

The grand objective of the programme is to generate universal socio-cultural corpuses that are updatable and can reliably inform all aspects of modern scholarship with respect to those cultures/ sub-cultures/ trends under review.

Other than publication of books, booklets, and articles out of the proceedings, the Open Sources Program also contributes significantly towards enriching Indigenouspedia (The Encyclopedia of Indigenous Cultures and Trends) managed by the Foundation.

Vocational Education

The Foundation shall offer free/ affordable/ subsidized courses on Emerging Technological Solutions as Vocational Skills through KVTI to every deserving student, especially school dropouts and other disadvantaged individuals/ groups in poor/ underprivileged sections of every country, on quality and sustainable bases.

The program is offered through KVTI and works in collaboration with existing vocational institutions all over the world and by direct administration of lectures and issuance of certificates electronically.

The idea is to rehabilitate individuals, enable them to study certain emerging technological solutions on traditional vocational courses (such as carpentry and joinery, welding and metal work, masonry and civil works, plumbing, agriculture, dressmaking and tailoring, leather work, among others) and talent-related opportunities in sport and music.

This will work best through establishment of special partnership with the industry, both by KVTI and by the partner vocational schools, such that the vocational skills (academic concept) and industrial application of the skills (commercial concept) shall work side by side. For instance, carpentry and joinery course students will be paired with major furniture and fittings industry players. This shall enable the students to access knowledge and income/ wealth at the same time.

Kipchumba Education Prize

The Foundation shall administer Kipchumba Education Prize every year to outstanding and alive individuals or groups of individuals who have promoted education in their countries/ regions/ all over the world.

2019 Nominations:
The inaugural Kipchumba Education Prize will open for online nominations on Thursday 2 May 2019 and close on Wednesday 31 July 2019. The Prize Committee will review submissions and come up with the best nominees. The second and third best nominees will be recognized. The selected individual(s) will be notified of the decision of the Prize Committee by e-mail and telephone by Thursday 26 September 2019. The individual(s) will be awarded in a ceremony in New York City on Thursday 28 November 2019.
Deadlines:
 Thursday 2 May 2019: Nominations open
 Wednesday 31 July 2019: Nominations close
 Thursday 26 September 2019: Notification of winner(s) done
 Thursday 31 October 2019: Winner(s) officially announced and award ceremony programme published
 Thursday 28 November 2019: Winner(s) awarded
Award:
 USD 10,000
 A medal of recognition
 A certificate of participation
Eligibility:
 Global (all territories)
 Contribution to education through
1. innovative pedagogy,
2. leveraging new technologies,
3. girl child education,
4. educational practices with impact on local and/or global community,
5. progressive education policy(ies), or
6. other relevant aspects.
Submissions:
 Filling the online form below:


 All languages are accepted in the submissions, with a brief summary in English for all non-English submissions
Conditions:
 Only individuals are nominated
 The prize will be split if winners are part of a joint programme
 The winner(s) will be announced after acceptance of the education prize
 Self-nominations are allowed
 Past or present staff or partners of Kipchumba Foundation shall not be nominated
 The Prize Committee will request for further information from nominees at the close of the nominations
 All information about the nominees shall be handled with utmost confidentiality
 The decision of the Prize Committee cannot be appealed
Education Prize