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Apr 18, 2022

Ongoing support for the Kithino Learning Centre


The Kithino Learning Centre


Group of adults and children attending a lecture in the countryside.

This project aligns with the following Sustainable Development Goals. To learn more about the United Nations SDGs, please click here

Founded in 2016, pupils who attend KLC come to learn, unlearn, and re-learn.

KLC’s approach to learning is holistic in nature and practice. It embraces different faculties of knowing and knowledge generation. Besides the usual five senses of sight, touch, smell, taste, and hearing, there are other faculties of knowing that make learning exciting and fun. These additional faculties include sensing, intuition and connecting with the natural world.

The school’s botanical/herbal garden produces natural foods that pupils enjoy for lunch and dinner. Experiential learning through camping in nature is another such program. The school treats the natural world as its primary text to read on a daily basis. It provides a conducive environment for learning and knowledge generation across knowledge systems. The community’s Elders come to the school to teach children storytelling, to train them to dance cultural dances, sing traditional songs – some of which are at the risk of extinction because of cultural erosion.

Pupils at KLC spend time in nature at the nearby forest, at the river Kithino and in the school herbal garden. Here they learn about their relationship with the natural world as well as about aromatic and medicinal plants, under supervision of knowledgeable Elders. Sometimes they find and collect different wild seeds for different aromatic and medicinal plants to propagate in their garden.

Their time in nature cultivates curiosity to know and to nurture their creativity and innovation. Modern research has shown that when children interact with the natural world, they become more creative and innovative. At the same time, the herbal garden produces highly nutritious foods that maintain the good health of the learners. All these foods are grown naturally without chemicals.

The school administration believes that “people become what they eat”. The school cherishes physical and mental health of the teachers and learners. A healthy school community contributes to a healthy Kenyan nation. It creates good conditions for knowledge to emerge.