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.