Seminar: Early Childhood Development and Education in Kenya Event as iCalendar

19 January 2018

4 - 5pm

Venue: J12 Lecture Theatre, Epsom Campus

Location: 74 Epsom Avenue, Epsom, Auckland, 1023.

 Dr. Tata J. Mbugua


Dr. Tata J. Mbugua

Professor of Education at The University of Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA


Early childhood development and education (ECDE) has gained prominence in Kenya’s efforts to transform public education. The rapidly expanding field of ECDE has developed through inter-sectoral collaboration between a variety of domestic and international stakeholders. This presentation will provide a socio-historical and cultural overview of ECDE in Kenya highlighting recent accomplishments in access, quality, and curriculum reform through a National Curriculum Policy espoused in Vision 2030.  The presentation will also delve into challenges facing Kenya with regard to regional disparities, lack of harmonized curricula, insufficient teacher training, and limited availability of quality preschools, with a concluding section on future potentialities.


This seminar is the first in the 2018 Early Childhood Education Seminar Series. 


Dr. Tata J. Mbugua holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nairobi (Kenya), and has more than 24 years of university teaching experience. Tata has developed and directed international teaching/learning programs for her students in USA and internationally, and is an active international scholar. Tata’s scholarly interests are in early and primary education; cross-cultural and global perspectives in education; academic service learning as a pedagogical approach to teaching and learning; and the educational and psycho-social needs of HIV/AIDs orphans in Kenya.