Kenya is a founding member of the East African Community (EAC) and its capital and largest city is Nairobi. The host city will be Thika, which is about 42km from the capital city, and has a population of 139,853, which is growing rapidly. Thika has a subtropical highland climate with sunshine most of the year and an average annual temperature of 20°C, with the hottest period in March and April leading to the long rains and the coldest season in July. The “long rains” season lasts from March/April to May/June. The “short rains” season is from October to November/December. Kenyans are warm, friendly and have a welcoming attitude towards Americans. Thika is a relatively safe and relaxed city and easy to navigate by taxi. Access to most amenities, including hospitals and shopping malls, is very easy, and there is a wide range of restaurants. The university campus is located at the center of town where most of the amenities are available.
Host Institution: Umma University
Umma University is a private university offering higher education in Kenya. The university grew out of Thika College of Sharia and Islamic studies, which was incorporated in 1997, offering a degree program in collaboration with International University of Africa in Sudan. It is an accredited university through the Commission for University Education (CUE). It is the first Islamic university in Kenya and currently has 800 students. The University has campuses in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kajiado and Thika. The main campus is in Kajiado County (a 3-4-hour drive from Nairobi). The university offers courses in Business Management, Information and Communication Technology, Islamic Sharia, Islamic Banking and Finance, and Islamic Studies. Its objective is to increase access to quality higher education to diverse individuals and communities. The university has good internet connectivity on campus and an excellent technology lab. The campus is about 40km from the Embassy and about 45km from Moi University, where the nearest American Space is located.
- The Fellow will participate in teacher training and materials development for the English language department related to syllabus design, content-based instruction, and English for Academic Purposes for lecturers at the university, head of departments, and students.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Help facilitate Public Affairs Section (PAS)-sponsored professional development training for teachers of English, including English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) teachers
- Develop materials that can be locally sourced or sourced through the U.S. Embassy PAS to enhance both teacher and student learning environments
- Help American Space coordinators and Access providers develop key English language programs to support post with outreach programs
- Work with Access peace clubs to help strengthen their capacity in identifying causes of violence and how to use leadership and influencing skills to mitigate the risk.