Headteacher, Premier Academy and Founder, Homeless of Nairobi
Bold Idea: Galvanize local and global communities so that the onus falls on each and every person who meets and interacts with street children to support them to thrive. Create a vibrant and engaging platform that will make it easier for the immediate community and the street children to coexist through shared programs that benefit both.
Path to Metis: The journey to the streets has seen Cliff teach and mentor students and teachers from prestigious schools such as Strathmore School, The Aga Khan Academy, Oshwal Academy, and most recently, Premier Academy where he heads the Prep School. A dynamic, fun-filled, and creative teacher, with a mentoring and writing career path spanning almost 30 years in local and international curriculum is what defines the “Odijo”, as fondly referred to by his street children. Education is at the heart of everything he dreams of. Cliff believes that students dropping out of school because of school fees and ending up in petty crime and taken to jail should not be something a teacher is proud of in this 21st century.
In January 2018, he started the Shule Mtaani Learning Programme that takes the classroom to people experiencing homelessness. Shule Mtaani provides basic literacy and numeracy lessons to street boys, and this is the genesis of the problem they seek to address: how do those experiencing homelessness get access to basic education? Through a dedicated team of volunteers, Shule Mtaani has organized daily lessons to the current crop of street boys who find main schooling a challenge. At Shule Mtaani, each volunteer is in charge of a group of students and makes sure that progress is tracked. They wish to see Private candidates KCPE / KCSE in 2020 and beyond and vocational training for all.