Martin Kavua | Nairobi, Kenya

Martin is a Lecturer at the Kenya Institute for Special Education (KISE) with international experience. He trains teachers and other professionals in special and inclusive education and conducts academic research.

Martin at the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, Minot, North Dakota

Over the last 20 years Martin has contributed as a teacher in elementary school, school for the Deaf, and higher education.  He also has extensive international educational experience. He studied for a Masters in Special and Inclusive Education on an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship at the University of Roehampton in the United Kingdom; the University of Oslo in Norway and Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

Martin trains teachers and other professionals in Special & Inclusive Education as well as Kenyan Sign Language. His other responsibilities include collaborating with partners to conduct research on special education and disability, assessing children with special needs for placement and referral, supervising teacher trainees, and facilitating the distance learning program. He also supervises teacher-students working in the areas of special needs and disabilities as part of their diploma qualification and facilitates collaborations between KISE and other partners as a member of the linkages committee.

In addition, Martin has authored several publications on inclusive education, communication for Deaf learners, non-formal education, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). He also serves on the National Technical Committee on Digital Literacy Program overseen by the Kenyan Ministries of Education and ICT. In his spare time, Martin coaches students with and without disabilities in basketball, and provides mentorship to young professionals.

Through the ADA International Fellowship Program, Martin gained skills, knowledge, and expertise related to inclusive education. As a veteran teacher, he is committed to the importance of a “train the trainer” model. He is interested in building teacher capacity and changing teacher attitudes towards disability and inclusive education through training and mentorship.

Specifically, Martin has designed and implemented a 2-day in-service training for lecturers at KISE and regular teachers in mainstream schools. The training covered topics including Universal Design for Learning. Martin has also mentored the teachers in the training.

Martin pursued his Fellowship at the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD) at Minot State University under the supervision of Dr. Evan Borisinkoff.

To read Martin’s project progress report click here.