The Kenya Adult Learners’ Association (KALA) is an organization that was formed in 1990 by adult learners as a vehicle for mobilizing adult learners to join adult literacy classes, and motivate those already enrolled to continue learning. We urge you to join us in this underaking of empowering communities in all forms of sustainable development.

The only adult learners’ association in Kenya

KALA is the first and only adult learners association in Kenya formed by adult lelarners themselves who underwent through the adult leducation programme

In 1989, Magdalene Gathoni Motsi joined adult education classes to be empowered after being employed at Medical Training College (MTC) as a subordinate staff. When she enrolled as an adult learner, she realized that there were learning activities related to adult learners, which were useful to her interest.

During her engagement with adult learners, she realized that when they come together, they are in a position to empower themselves.

In 1990, the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) organized the World Assembly, which took place in Bangkok, Thailand. Kenya was represented by Magdalene Gathoni, where she noted that adult illiteracy is a problem that affects people globally.

She returned back in Kenya and approached the Director of Adult Education Department, Mr. Kirui who supported her idea of visiting adult learners countrywide and motivate those who are enrolled in class. Through her initiative, adult learners agreed to form an adult learners’ organization. Therefore, between 18th and 21st October 1990, met and formed the Kenya Adult Learners’ Association (KALA), which was necessary as a result of the issues affecting adult learners including the lack of adequate teachers and materials.


The formation of KALA empowered learners to take an active part in adult literacy programmes through mobilization and economic empowerment programmers as well as by democratizing adult education programmes.

The Association forms a vital resource base for innovative programmes such as economic empowerment, functional adult literacy activities, and continuing education, which catalyse the participation of adult learners in adult education programmes in Kenya. KALA understands the need for continuing education and learning of skills for adults (who are mainly women) and youths as links to income generation, productive work, and family health. The Association, therefore, serves as a platform to articulate the perspective of adult learners on literacy by taking part in policy and implementation of the adult education programmes in Kenya. The learners in this organization mobilized each other and motivated others to join adult literacy classes. These learners had income generating groups, which brought them together. KALA used this strategy to ensuring that adult learners are empowered and take part in a conducive learning environment.

Our interest lies in empowering adult learners

KALA’s main focus in empowering communities become sustainable and take part in the mainstream development programmes. We take cognizant that an empowered community is a development-oriented society. KALA has since 1990 ensured that learners are empowered to meet social development goals.

Adult Literacy is beneficial to all

What we do

KALA undertrakes the following programmes

Organizing and Coordinating Literacy Campaigns

Paulina, adult learner from Ngongosowon, Amudat District

Capacity Development for Learners and Literacy instructors

Information, Communication, Networking, and Publication

Celebrating Adult Learners’ Week


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KALA Centre

KALA Centre

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