Information communication and networking

Information and communication technology acts as an invaluable means of gaining education and knowledge for adult learners. KALA shares adult learners’ information through the publications which are developed by adult learners and other players in the adult education sub-sector.
Information sharing plays a critical role for adult learners to acquire information through newsletters, workshops and conferences. This increases participation of adult learners in all aspects of national development, through publications, thus strengthen learners exchange programme locally and internationally.

Resource Centre

The KALA Resource Centre located at Kamuguga, is a training institution established for integrating information and education-based activities addressing social skills of the community members using information communication and technology.

Due to nature and dynamism of adult learning, KALA Resource Centre provides a basis for learning and research activities, capacity building and networking for youths and adult learners, is in line with the Kenya Vision 2030, a project on Education and Training flagship, which lays emphasis on supplying computer programme to equip learners with ICT skills, necessary for addressing and responding to the diverse needs of adult learners.

By equipping of a management information system, the Centre, capitalizes on acquiring digitized learning materials to enhance e-learning programme as a means of enabling adult learners capitalize and expand their social, political and economic needs competitively.

The centre is also a training centre for adult learners and youths.

Learners’ Capacity Building

Providing training for skills development and support learners groups through economic empowerment and functional literacy and strengthening their livelihoods in business management.

Capacity building through “learning and earning” is a strategy by KALA geared towards mobilizing and enabling adult learners control over their lives, through functional (literacy) and economic (income generating) needs.

The functional aspect of literacy is addressed in the context of the daily life activities and the circumstances of adult learners. With the ability to read, write, numerate, and earn income, the quality of life of adult learners is improved and their self-esteem developed and enhanced.

Publications

KALA's publications are published under the banner "Sauti ya Wanakisomo" (Learners' Voices), which has four Kiswahili and English issues and two issues in seven local languages

Adult Learners’ Week

Since1999, when the Kenya Adult Learners Association launched the Kenya Adult Learners Week celebrations, adult learners have continued to advance their endeavours through sharing of ideas in a democratic platform.

These contacts are enhanced during the Adult Learners’ Week and the International Literacy Day celebrations as well as through adult learners’ meetings, seminars, workshops and case studies.

KALA collaborated with the Directorate of Adult and Continuing Education (DACE) in planning for the Adult Learners’ Week events.

Adult Learners' Week celebrations are held in different parts of the country, back to back withe the International Literacy Day Celebrations

E-Learning

KALA has embarked on a pilot e-learning programme targeting adult learners in Kenya. This programme, has seen many adult learners, enrolled into adult literacy classes, as it enhance their learning by use of modern technology in learning. E-learning enables adult learners to learn seamlessly and confidently thus compete with adult learners in other parts of the world.

Initially, learners would write on exercise books, which easily get defaced and lost. It cost adult learners money to replace the lost or defaced books. The e-readers kindles enable learners to access the pre-installed books by scrolling through to a book of their choice.

E-learning, however, does not replace traditional learning fully.