Dr Fridah Kanana

Dr Fridah Kanana


Kenyatta University

English & Linguistics

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Work and Research

I have been a project leader of two funded projects that have had a significant impact on the Kenyan youthful population:1) The Commonwealth of Learning funded projects which aim to improve access to quality education and learning by providing Open Educational Resources for English Language Teaching (ORELT) modules to support teachers and learners of English across Commonwealth member states. I have been coordinating the project in East Africa 2) The Siemens Stiftung projects which aimed to provide entrepreneurial skills on Business management and other soft skills, such as communication and social skills to self employed young Kenyans running small scale businesses.

Fields Of Expertise

English Language & Literature

Research Profiles

My contribution to science and its impact on society

My projects have had  impact  on policy change, and have also had a direct impact on education. From 2015, the Government, through the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD),  proposed to create  a  section  on  the  Orange  book to host the  Open  Educational  Resources which are vetted  and  accepted  for  use  in  Kenyan  Schools.  The  pioneering  materials  to  appear  in this  section  will  be  the  Open  Education  Resources  for  English  Language  Teaching  (ORELT) modules  from  a  project  I  have  been  leading  since  2013.  The ORELT  project  has  a  direct impact  on  society  because  the  adoption  of  the  OER  materials will  significantly  reduce  the cost of Basic Education. These supplementary teaching and learning materials will go a long away to increasing access to quality education.


Through the proposal writing workshops that i have been running with  colleagues from other disciplines, and with financial support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the number of Phd students who win scholarships to  study  locally  or  internationally  has  also  grown.    In  2010,  the  Government, through the National Commission for Science Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI)  supported  country  wide proposal  writing  workshops  which  saw  the  number  of  students  who  received  funding  from DAAD alone increase significantly. We  are  in  the  process  of  conducting  a tracer study on the impact of these workshops so that we can advise the Government and funding agencies on the need  to  support  such  initiatives in order to have a multiplier effect and consequently increase the number of PhDs in Kenya.The capacity building initiatives that  I  have  been  involved  in  since  2010  has  seen the  country  benefit  from  more skilled PhD personnel. The Siemens Stiftung project also provided seed money for all the beneficiaries of the training to start  small  income  generating  projects.  Therefore,  through this  project,  unemployed  youth have been empowered to earn a living through legitimate means.