Eddah Gachukia Biography
Eddah Gachukia was born on 13th July 1936, she is a Kenyan educationist and entrepreneur. She is the director and co founder of Riara Group of Schools.
Eddah Gachukia Education
Graduate student, Doctor of Philosophy degree in Literature.
Graduate student at the University, masters degree.
Undergraduate student at the University of Nairobi Bachelor degree in Education.
Undergraduate student at Leeds University, Degree in Education specializing in language teaching..
Student at Makerere University College, Diploma in Education.
Secondary school student at Alliance Girls secondary school.
Eddah Gachukia Career
1993-1998: Founding Executive Director of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), a non-governmental Pan African Organization based in Nairobi and serving over 30 African countries. FAWE membership comprises of Women Ministers of Education and University Vice-Chancellors in the African region. The NGO concentrates on the promotion of policies and practices aimed at enhancement of girls’ education in Africa countries.
1992: She joined other women education ministers and women Vice-chancellors from the continent to establish the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), which has increased access to education for millions of girls in Africa.
1987-1990: National Advisor to UNESCO on Population Information and Development Communication for Kenya.
1973 – 1987: Lecturer at the University of Nairobi.
1965- 1968: Head of the General Methods Section at the Kenya Institute of Education with a focus on Curriculum Research and Development
1960: Secondary school teacher at Thika High school
Eddah Gachukia Membership
Chairperson and Board of Governors of Kenya High School
Board member of the Alliance Girls High School.
Board member of the State House Road Girls High School.
Director and shareholder of RGS.
Chairperson of Uchumi Supermarkets Ltd,
Director of the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR).
Board member of Kenya Airways
Board member of Nation Newspapers Limited.
Member of the National Council of Women of Kenya.
Member of the Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organisation (MYWO),
Member of the YWCA
Member of the Collaborative Centre for Gender and Development.
Eddah Gachukia Political Career
Mrs. Gachukia also had a remarkable political career serving as a nominated Member of Parliament for two terms between 1974 and 1983.
Eddah Gachukia Publications
- Accelerating the Education of Girls and Women in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Development Imperative
- Gender, education, and training: a case for affirmative action
- Teaching of African literature in schools with S. Kichamu Akivaga;
- The Women’s Grant in bilateral assistance: main report with Janne Lexow
- Notes on Ngugi wa Thiongo’s ‘The River Between’.
Eddah Gachukia Awards
In 1997, H.E President of Senegal Abdou Diouf honored her for service to Girls’ and Women Education in Africa.
December 2008,during the 25th graduation ceremony of Kenyatta University, she was honored alongside Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete with a Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa).
In 2009, The International Committee of the Fellowship of the Least Coin honored her, for exemplary effort in education development in Kenya.
Eddah Gachukia Family; Husband and Children
Eddah Gachukia is married to Daniel Gachukia: Kenya’s longest serving Chief of Protocol who is the CEO and Chair of Riara Group of Schools. Together they are blessed with four children:
Alan Gachukia: The former banker is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin (Political Science and Economics, class of 1982) and Strathmore Business School (Advanced Management). He is the Executive Director of Riara Group of Schools and board member of Nairobi Hospital.
Suzanne Gachukia-Opembe: Studied music in the US and formed the all-girl trio, Musikly Speaking, comprising Susan Matiba and Joy Mboya in 1985 and later Afro-pop band, Zannaziki (where former hubby Gido Kibukosya was a guitarist) and music production via the defunct Samawati Studios and Serenade Music. Now married to Kenyan ambassador to Ireland, Richard Opembe, Suzanne runs the music label, Sub-Sahara Ltd. Son Marcus Kibukosya (Kcous) is a member of music group, Camp Mulla.
Tony Gachukia: For a decade to 2009, Tony was a TV sports anchor and voice over artist before the graduate of business and journalism hanged his lapel mic to run Thamuru Fish Farm in Kahaine village in Murang’a – where greenhouses and science have created ‘Lake Victoria-like conditions’ for 15,000 fish in 14 ponds on 13 acres.
Juju Gachukia-Muthama: The alumnus of Bridgeport University, USA, (Bsc, Merchandising) and Daystar (Diploma in Education) is an interior designer and operations director at Riara Group of Schools, as well as Council Member at Riara University.