• General information about the workshop

    Welcome to the 4th TOTEMK Training Workshop for training of trainers!


    This course is designed for lecturers/teacher educators. The aim of the workshop is to enhance the participants' knowledge and skills in socio-cultural issues related to their work

      After participating in the workshop you will be able to:

       1. Apply ways to empower yourself and other teachers through  teacher efficacy, work life
                              balance and self-management
                              2. Comprehend the connection between values and teacher empowerment
                              3. Elaborate a plan on how to take into account different learners at your university
                              (students with special needs and gifted & talented)
                              4. Comprehend the teacher’s role in the school-parents relationship and to empower the

    During this workshop you will learn about:

    Teacher empowerment
    Teacher absenteeism
                              Value based education
                              Special needs education
                              Socio-cultural diversity
                              Inclusive education
                              School - parents relationship
                              Parental engagement

    The distance period takes place 5.12.2022 - 10.3.2023

    During the distance period you will:

    • Continue exchanging experiences on socio-cultural issues with fellow teachers from other universities
    • Deepen your knowledge on the topics discussed during the workshop
    • Share your experiences and sensitize the colleagues from your own university
    • Discuss different kinds of frameworks (e.g the ones introduced during the workshop) and plan their implementation
    • Have elaborated a plan of action for a selected topic to be introduced at your university (e.g. plan of inclusivity)

    Participants will get a certificate after completing the course

    You will find the daily agenda and schedule of the workshop at the end of this page.
    You will find the materials and presentations of each day under the specific date tab by at the folder "Plenary materials" and "Additional materials".

    Instructors of the workshop:
    Dr. Robert Maneno

    Dr. Robert Maneno is a senior lecturer from Pwani University. He has a qualification of Doctor of Philosophy In Special Needs Education from Kenyatta University – Nairobi Kenya. His areas of research interest are speech and language development, communication disorders and hearing impairments. Click on the links below to a more detailed profile of Dr. Maneno

    Detailed profile of Dr. Robert Maneno

    Prof. Izael Da Silva

    Prof. Izael Pereira Da Silva has a PhD in Power Systems Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil).
    He is also a Certified Energy Manager (CEM). At present, he is a Professor at Strathmore University and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Research and Innovation. He started the Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC), which he led as the director from 2012 – 2017. Before working at Strathmore University, he was an Associate Professor at Makerere University, in the College of Engineering Design Arts and Technology (CEDAT), where he worked for 13 years. He has a strong interest in the following areas: Rural Electrification, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Policy, Sustainable Development and Demand Side Management. In line with this interest, he started the Strathmore Energy Research Centre (SERC), which aims at training, conducting research and providing consultancy services in energy-related topics, promoting sustainable development and cooperation among countries.

    Dr. Peter Kinyua of KICD

    Dr. Seija Karppinen

    Adjunct Professor (Crafts pedagogy), PhD (Education), Senior Lecturer, Deputy Head of Department of Education, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland Dr. Karppinen is an education specialist, teacher educator, in-service teacher trainer, supervisor, and researcher. She is currently a leader of two Kenyan-Finnish projects, TOTEMK and REFORD. Her current educational research interests are related to following topics: management of teacher absenteeism (TA) in low- and middle-income countries; global education; Craft science, invention pedagogy and STEM-education; technology-enhanced learning.

    Dr. Mikko Häkkinen

    Dr Mikko Häkkinen is a Principal Lecturer from Laurea University of Applied Sciences. He has a PhD in Health Sciences. He is also a qualified psychotherapist. Dr Häkkinen has a long career in Higher Education as a teacher, researcher, and developer.
    His professional interests include the development of Higher Education, promoting psycho-social well-being at work, development of Social and Health Services, and professional coaching. 

    Dr. Dean Magdalene Dimba

    Magdalene Adhiambo Ngala-Dimba is a Senior Lecturer at Strathmore University, Kenya. She holds a PhD in Educational Administration and Planning from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, a Master’s in Economics of Education and a Bachelor of Education in Economics and Geography from Moi University, Kenya. Magdalene is an experienced educationist, administrator, and researcher.

    She has a wide teaching experience at the university level with a particular interest in teacher education. She was a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa for several years before joining Strathmore University. She has experience in teaching Geography and Business Studies at the Secondary school level as well. She has presented conference papers and published articles in national and international journals in administration, planning, and leadership. She has also presented papers at national and international conferences.

    Having held a high-intensity, people-oriented job as Head of Academic Programs and a Dean of Students, she has good skills in mentoring and handling students’ issues. Her research interests include Teacher education, access, and equity, planning and quality in education. She has also been a Member of The Universities Fund Board.

    Mr. Ian Wairua
    Ian Wairua is a master’s holder in Information Systems, and a Bachelors owner of Education in science.

    He is the Current Vice- Chairman and Founding Secretary-General of the Association of Japanese Language Teachers in Kenya (JALTAK) and a member of the Administration Committee for the JLPT Examination in Kenya. He is an Associate Member of the eLearning Guild, and also the Current Head of Oriental-languages sub-department of School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

    He is also the Faculty Representative of the Learning and Teaching Services- Strathmore University, and a board member of Synonyms- and organization of language experts. He also belongs to the Japan Foundation-trained Japanese language educator and the former education and information officer, Embassy of Japan in Kenya.

    Dr. Alfred Kitawi

    Dr. Alfred Kitawi is the Director of Centre for Research in Education and a lecturer at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He received his doctorate in higher education management from the University of Bath, UK and Master’s degree at Makerere University.

    He has carried out a number of monitoring and evaluation projects in the areas of community capacity development, action research, life-skills development and community engagement in Kenya and Uganda.

    His interests, publications and expertise span the areas of education management, community engagement and use of instructional technologies to facilitate learning.

    Dr. Marie Huxtable
    Marie Huxtable was a senior educational psychologist, developing and coordinating an inclusional and inclusive gifted and talented programme, for and with educators, children and young people in an English local authority.

    Marie is currently a visiting research fellow with University of Cumbria (UK) and supporting a number of community based projects and international research groups. She is still working  with the educational intent of engaging with others to generate and research their own living-educational-theories and so contribute to the flourishing of humanity.

    Dr. Jack Whitehead

    Jack Whitehead is a Visiting Professor at the University of Cumbria. He is a former President of the British Educational Research Association and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Westminster College, Utah. He is a Visiting Professor at Ningxia University in China. He is a member of the editorial board of the Educational Journal of Living Theories (EJOLTS). Since 1973 his research programme has focused on the creation of the living educational theories that individual’s use to improve their practice and explain their educational influences in their workplaces.

    His original contributions to knowledge have focused on enquiries of the kind, ‘How do I improve what I am doing in my workplace?’ These contributions can be accessed from his website. His recent research has focused on the use of digitalized video-data in explanations of educational influences in continuing professional development in a range of workplaces.

    Dr. Beatrice Njeru

    Beatrice is a communication and communication skills lecturer. Her area of expertise is in Organisational Communication, which her final doctorate study is on. She has research interests in the constitutive attribute of communication, and how this can be applied in understanding the role of communication in the constitution and de-constitution of various phenomena.She is keen on improving academic writing standards for university students and staff, and founded the Strathmore University Writing Centre. She has interests in educational research especially in classroom practice, and has been nominated twice for the Lecturer of the year award- 2009/2010 and in 2013.Beatrice sits in the School of Humanities Research Committee and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.

    Dr. Stephen Macharia

    Stephen Macharia holds a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics and a Bachelor of Education (Linguistics and Literature) from the University of Nairobi. He is pursuing a PhD in Communication Studies at Moi University. He has spent the last 12 years teaching Communication Skills and Business Communication as well as consulting in writing and editing documents for various corporates and individuals. He has published on a variety of subjects. His research interests are in the areas of language education, business communication and impact investing. He is currently a lecturer at the School of Humanities at Strathmore University and a consultant based at the Strathmore Writing Centre.

    Prof. Helen Mondoh

    Prof. Helen Omondi Mondoh is a professor of Education with close to 40 years experience in teaching, teacher training, curriculum development, research and pedagogy. She has been a Dean of School for eight years and a Director in charge of Quality Assurance for six years. Currently, she serves at Pwani University in Kenya, as the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Administration, Finance and Planning.

    Prof. Jacinta Kwena

    Dr. Jacinta Aswani Kwena is a Senior Lecturer and Dean of the School of Education at Pwani University, Kenya. She is an Educational Psychologist with a bias in Educational Statistics, Tests and Measurement.  She has been teaching at the University for over twenty years, with the better part of it having taught at Kenyatta University in the department of Educational Psychology.  She enjoys teaching, especially the interacting with her students, molding them into responsible teachers, this gives her a lot of joy.  Sje also enjoys carrying out research especially related to education. In addition to all these, she also enjoys doing community outreach services.

    Mr. Raymond Mutura

    Mr. Mutura is a member of the Technical Working Group (TWG) on Family Policy, Family Law & Parenting, a Lecturer on Family Studies, Social Ethics and the Family Business Programme for Entrepreneurs. He is also the Director of the Center for Research on Organizations, Work & Family at Strathmore University Business School

    Mr. Tomi Tolonen

    Tomi Tolonen has a Masters of Education degree and minors in special education, youth studies and ethics. He is an expert in gamification of education, PBL and using different digital solutions to enhance learning and teaching. And he has been training teachers about these topics for almost 10 years. He has teaching experience for over 10 years and during those years he has also worked as a teacher trainer and pedagogical expert in different city, state and nation wide projects using his expertise on gamification, PBL and digital pedagogy. Tomi is also a CEO in a company that focuses on teacher training and especially using gamification in education. He has facilitated workshops and held lectures in different international educational events and occasions. He has also worked as a learning experience designer in a start up company that focused on production of educational games. Currently Tomi works as an expert in digital pedagogy at Laurea University of Applied Sciences with a focus on planning, creating and delivering different kinds of MOOCs.