Abdulkarim Taraja

Elgon Centre For Education

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Path to Metis: Coming from a region where illiteracy and few resources have plunged the community into poverty and recurrent civil fighting, Abdulkarim struggled to complete his basic education. When he finally graduated from university, he sought to use education as a tool for peace and development for his community.


He founded Elgon Centre for Education, a non-government organization promoting access to education in marginalized areas through structured integrated academic mentorship programs in marginalized areas of Bungoma, Busia, Trans-Nzoia, West Pokot, and Turkana Counties. In 2019, Taraja carried out mentorship programs in 71 schools across, two of which recorded remarkable results in the national examinations.


At the moment, Abdulkarim is developing a program to equip 12 Secondary Schools in Mt. Elgon with Computers to promote digital learning and innovation.

He has previously worked as a Communications Assistant in Bungoma County Government, Communications Officer at the Civil Registrations Services in Kenya, and a journalist for the Standard Newspaper. He holds a Bachelor of Science in communications and public relations.


Abdulkarim is an alumnus of Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI) Eastern Africa Regional Centre, Tunaweza Alumni of Emerging Leaders Foundation, and Alumni of Reinventing Democracy in the Digital Era and Global Education Goes Local.


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