Metis accelerates the pace of education reform across Africa, by investing in African leaders and their capacity to drive high quality education initiatives.

Our Model

Metis invests in two ways: first, through a Fellowship that develops leaders to drive stronger learning outcomes and higher quality across Nairobi's ecosystem, enabling it to be a model for other education systems in Africa; second, through a Residency that brings African leaders from across the continent to learn from Nairobi's ecosystem and return to drive innovation in their home countries.

Both programs identify education leaders with potential - particularly people of color and women - and strengthen their skills by providing them with Coaching, a Community of Practice, and Connections to talent and capital. Our first cohort of Fellows begins in September 2017, and first cohort of Residents in January 2019. Learn More → 

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The majority of schools in Africa are not preparing students for the 21st century workforce or equipping students with basic skills. According to UNICEF, 40% of African children fail "to meet basic outcomes in literacy and numeracy." And education systems are not improving: Uwezo's research on education sectors in East Africa shows "no significant improvement in learning outcomes" from 2009-2015. Learn More → 

The Problem

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We use Nairobi's education ecosystem - the city in Africa with the highest concentration of innovative schools, education companies, and progressive government policies - as a lab to build higher quality models. We bring African leaders to the ecosystem to learn the practice of education innovation and impact. Learn More → 

The Opportunity

 

metis: wisdom, skill, or craft in ancient Greek; practical knowledge from years of experience in a specific local context; critical to influence outcomes in situations that are complex, uncertain, and rapidly changing.

- James scott
seeing like a state: how certain schemes to improve the human condition have failed (1998)

Are you a Kenyan leader who would like to learn how to drive higher quality, innovation, and impact in your education initiative? Are you leading within an existing school or organization, or launching a new school, non-profit, or education business in Nairobi?

We are selecting 15 leaders from across Nairobi's education sector for our first cohort of Fellows, which will begin in September 2017. Apply to be a Metis Fellow → 

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"Success is out there. There are many actors out there in many guises – in the private sector, among NGO’s, and inside government systems – doing fantastic things even in difficult country contexts such as Pakistan and Nigeria and Nepal. The problem is that failure is out there too, and we haven’t figured out how to consistently build education ecosystems whose natural operation would promote the good and weed out the bad. Lots of people have figured out how to build good, even great, schools – which is terrific – but what I want to imagine is an ecosystem of schooling from which better and better schools are the natural outcome."

— lant pritchett, center for global development
the rebirth of education (2013)