News Archive


At the end of the multi-year programme that ran from 2008 till 2013, all our operations in Kenya were handed over to the partners. So at the moment VVOB has no more operations in Kenya. We will, however, keep this website as a reference to our past operations in Kenya.


In VVOB's Annual Report 2013 you will find an overview of our activities in 2013. We offer brief introductions with lots of photos and testimonials.


"Indeed they feel it in their hearts and so they have to speak." Watch the video "The Fruits of Healthy Learning" below.


In VVOB's Annual Report 2012 you will find an overview of our activities in 2012. We offer brief introductions with lots of photos and testimonials. The central theme of this report is overcoming inequality.


On 24 May, VVOB organised an end-of-programmes event for the Healthy Learning and ICT Integration in Education programmes. More than 100 people from various ministries and partners joined us in reflecting on the achievements and discussing the way forward.


As the collaboration between the Ministry of Education and VVOB Kenya is coming to an end, we did not mourn, but celebrated.

During two days (April 23th and 24th 2013), more than 60 representatives of the 163 Healthy Learning schools in Kenya shared their experiences and told us about their plans for the future.


Healthy Learning has printed the booklet 'Quality Education in Kenyan Primary Schools'. It summarises the successes in the Healthy Learning Projects in our model schools in arid and semi-arid areas since 2008. We thank ICRAF for making this possible.


Isinya district which is implementing the Healthy Learning  Programme (HLP) held an education day on 6th July 2012. The annual event recognized schools that had excelled academically and in extracurricular activities such as drama, sport and music in the district in 2011.


The Healthy Learning Programme recently partnered with the British Council to train 25 head teachers in School Leadership. These included 12 head teachers from Healthy Learning (HL) Schools and 2 education field officers. The 3 day training took place from 18th – 20th June 2012 in Nakuru. VVOB staff also attended the training.


The Healthy Learning Programme has made a major milestone by incorporating 133 new schools by 1st July 2012, bringing the total to 163 schools.


Early 2012, ten photographers set out on a journey. Their mission was extremely challenging; to grasp the impact of VVOB's education programmes on the everyday lives of children and youngsters. The result is an impressive and colourful range of interpretations, perspectives and ideas.


A team of six from the VVOB board of directors visited two Healthy Learning schools on 7th March in Narok North district. This was part of a week-long visit to Kenya between 4th and 11th March 2012 aimed at familiarizing the team with the Kenya programs of Healthy Learning and ICT Integration in Education. 


Flemish Association for Development Cooperation and Technical Assistance (VVOB) has been named as the organisation with the most entrepreneurial approach to education in Kenya in the Educating Africa Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education.


The 'Young People, Farming and Food Conference' organised a media competition in Africa. An article about the Healthy Learning Programme in Kenya, won the silver medal. The competition was looking for articles from across the continent that combine the themes 'youth', 'agriculture' and 'food'.


VVOB will be turning 30 years in 2012. To celebrate this occasion VVOB is launching an 'Active Teaching and Learning' competition for teachers and lecturers in all VVOB partner countries and Flanders.

Hilde Herssens at HL with Paul Bottelberge

Mrs Hilde Herssens joined the Healthy Learning Team, on 3 October 2011, when they visited schools in Kathiani and Machakos Districts during her mission to Kenya. She interacted with (more than 70) parents, teachers from 15 Healthy Learning schools from four districts as well as with district and national education officers.

officials visiting NI3C - 25-10-11

H.E. Bart Ouvry, the Belgian Ambassador to Kenya and the Ministry of Finance's Desk Officer for Belgium, Mr Orwa, visited the National ICT Innovation and Integration Centre on 25 October 2011. Prof George Godia, Education Secretary, hosted the delegation which also included other officials  of the Ministry of Finance.

Laikipia East HL workshop participants

Teachers, parents and district officials from various Healthy Learning schools and districts came together on 3rd to 5th October 2011 to share lessons from phase I (2008 - 2010) and forge a way forward for phase II (2011 - 2013) of the Healthy Learning programme.

Dr. Dennis Garrity with pupils from 10 HL schools

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Flemish Association for Development Cooperation (VVOB Kenya) held a schools’ tree planting award ceremony at the Karura Education Centre on 16th September 2011.

Prof. Dr. Sam Ongeri unveils the NI3C plaque

The National ICT Innovation and Integration Centre (NI3C) supported by the VVOB Kenya ICT Integration in Education  programme was officially launched on the 10th August 2011 in a colourful ceremony officiated by the Minister of Education, Prof.  Dr. Sam Ongeri. 


This text was written by a guest, Dustin Homan, after visiting 10 Healthy Learning schools. Dustin is a student at The Ohio State University in the United States studying agricultural education and this is his first trip to Africa.


This week marks the end of my internship at VVOB Kenya. A practical internship is an essential part of my final year in B. Sc. Information Sciences. I got to hear about this internship from a friend and I applied. I was glad when a few days after attending the interview I was called to join the VVOB ICT Integration Programme team for a period of three months.


On 6 July 2011, Ngong Boys & Girls Primary school in Kajiado North District (about 30 kms South of Nairobi) received two refurbished PCs and screens and a printer from the VVOB Kenya office. The occasion was attended by all class 8 students and teachers, the school committee and the district’s Assistant Education Officer.

Participants get editing tips

Thirteen trainers from the Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) participated in a four day practical training on “digital storytelling”.


Nkoile Primary School is located in Kajiado Central district, a mainly pastoralist community. This is a mixed day primary school with a total enrolment of 308 pupils - 169 boys and 139 girls according to term II 2011 figures.


On 5th May 2011, delegates taking part in the 13th annual Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF) hosted in Nairobi - Kenya from 3rd – 7th May visited 2 Healthy Learning schools in Kajiado District.


Delegates invited to Kenya for the Global Child Nutrition Forum to be held between the 2nd - 7th of May 2011 will get an opportunity to visit four schools in Kenya, two of which are implementing Healthy Learning.

The theme for this year's forum is scaling up sustainability: Linking school feeding with agricultural development to maximize food security.


In the year 2010, beneficiaries of the Healthy Learning Programme (pupils) in 30 primary schools wrote essays on "How you have benefited from the Healthy Learning Programme since it started in your school". Master Emmanuel Mutiso, a standard 7 pupil in Katelembo Primary School - Machakos emerged the winner.

Below is an extract from the winning essay: