CLARA MUTHONI NJERU
Head of Growth, Kukua Education
Bold Idea: Create and scale fun, engaging, research-backed technology to ensure kids across Africa have the literacy skills and the confidence they need to be fully alive.
Path to Metis: Clara started her career in Information Technology developing mobile applications and selling software systems. During this time she was also involved in various community projects and helped set up the foundation for the tech company where she was working. This work exposed her to children and teenagers who had very low or no literacy skills. A naturally industrious and curious person, she set out looking for ways to provide children with quality, basic education. Equipped with a literacy manual developed by Kusoma Tu Foundation, she started teaching teenagers in juvenile centers and at Homeless of Nairobi to read. In 2016, she joined Kukua, a startup that is leveraging on technology to empower the next generation of children in Africa through education. Her empathetic nature, coupled with her quest to solve problems, has helped her excel at testing Sema literacy games among users by applying the Human Centred Design methodology. She has consistently believed in and worked to see the organization exceed its objectives in Kenya, and now heads growth - understanding, managing data and using it to influence the development of content targeted at pre-school children.
Clara has a BSc. in Computer Science and is pursuing a Masters in Development Studies at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology, where her project focuses on the efficacy of technology in learning outcomes for high and low SES learners.