A holder of Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Economics of Education, Dr. Andrew Rasugu Riechi is a Senior Lecturer in the University of Nairobi’s Department of Educational Management, Policy and Curriculum Studies, Faculty of Education. He is a researcher and policy analyst with over 25 years of work experience in educational leadership, teaching, research in education and development in Kenya and several African countries. Between 2005 and 2010, he worked at the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR) as a Research Fellow and Policy Analyst in the Social Sector (Health and Education). Between June 2019 and June 2020, he was seconded to Koitaleel Samoei University College, a constituent College of the University of Nairobi where he was appointed a pioneer Director of the School of Education. He has a track record in research and consultancies in the Government of Kenya and a wide range of international organizations including the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the European Union, Research Triangle International (RTI), Education Development Trust (formerly CfBT), UNICEF, USAID, World Vision, UNESCO, Education for Change Ltd, RTI, Save the Children, Africa Early Childhood Network (AfECN), Finnish National Agency for Education’s (EDUFI), among others.
Between 2011 and 2013, Dr. Riechi was appointed a consultant by USAID to offer technical support to the Ministry of Education’s Taskforce to re-align education to the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and the Kenya Vision 2030 whose Report recommended the introduction of Competency-Based Curriculum in Kenya. In 2016, the Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Education appointed him a member of the National Steering Committee for the ongoing Curriculum Reforms in Kenya. In July 2023, the Cabinet Secretary for Education appointed Dr. Riechi a member of the Governing Council of the Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development (KICD), where he represents public universities.
Apart from being a Member of the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), which is based in Montreal, Canada, Dr. Riechi is a Life Member of the Comparative Education Society of India (CESI) as well as a member of the African Network for Internationalization of Education (ANIE), the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), the Educational Management Society of Kenya (EMSK), Women Educational Researchers of Kenya (WERK), a local research NGO. For many years, he was a member of the National Research Panel at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), among many other networks that he actively engages with.
Dr. Riechi is currently involved in the implementing the Training Trainers for Teacher Education and Management in Kenya (TOTEMK) project, which is funded by the Finnish Government and involves the University of Helsinki and Laurea University of Applied Sciences (both in Finland), the University of Nairobi, Strathmore University and Pwani University (all in Kenya). The University of Nairobi leads the Kenyan project partner institutions. The specific outcome of the project is a scalable model for upgraded professional skills of university lecturers, teacher trainers’ student teachers, head-teachers and principals. The project is ultimately expected to contribute to an increasing number of competent lecturers of higher education institutions, university management and administration in twenty universities in Kenya that are participating in the project.
Dr. Riechi’s research interests include impact assessments, curriculum reforms, innovative educational planning, policy research, programme evaluation, impact analysis as well as
education and development