Martin Kavua | Nairobi, Kenya

Martin is a Special and Inclusive Education Specialist at Kenya’s Ministry of Education. He helps develop and administer guidelines for inclusive education teacher training and implementation in Kenya’s schools.

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

At the time of his Fellowship, Martin was a Lecturer at the Kenya Institute for Special Education (KISE) with international experience. In that role, he trained teachers and other professionals in special and inclusive education and Kenyan Sign Language, and conducted academic research.

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.

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.