Nuala Ribeiro | Mombasa, Kenya

Nuala Ribeiro is the Head of Student Support and Well-Being at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, where she oversees her school’s student support services and works with an array of students whose ages range from 6 to 18.      Nuala’s responsibilities include carrying out educational assessments with in-class and out-of-class supports as well as developing teachers’ and parents’ skills through workshops. Nuala also contributes her expertise to public policy by acting as an Inclusive Education Consultant to the Mombasa County Government, which calls on her to advise them on reforms, project design and quality assurance.

Nuala has significant experience working with children with disabilities in and outside of Kenya, having been a speech and language therapist in both her home country and the United Kingdom. She is deeply committed to improving early education practices as well as policy implementation in schools and is especially interested in enabling data collection and monitoring students’ outcomes beginning in early childhood. For her inclusive education project, she developed an early education child outcome tracking system with the Mombasa County Government. The system will eventually enable officials to collect and analyze the development and learning milestones of children across Mombasa County. She has used her Fellowship to learn more about cost-effective early intervention methods that can be applied in areas with scarce resources and high need.

Nuala pursued her ADA International Fellowship training at the University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies.

To read Nuala’s project impact case study click here.