Past Event

Part 2: Digitizing Education: Parents as Teachers

August 17, 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Online Event

Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi invites you to a live webinar on "Part 2: Digitizing Education: Parents as Teachers". 

Emergency remote education during COVID-19 has exacerbated structural inequities and revealed gaps in pedagogical knowledge and infrastructure to support the use of technology for instruction. In addition to the usual obligations of raising families at home, parents have been faced with the daunting task of having to teach or supervise their children through digital learning platforms. During this webinar, we will hear about the challenges that are facing parents,  and learn about coping strategies and the resources available for parents. 

Panel Bios

Dr. Detra Price-Dennis is an Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Detra serves as Co-Director of the Reimagining Education Online Advanced Certificate Program, and is the founding director of #JustLit - a media based project that provides multimodal resources about literature, media, and social change in education. She uses ethnographic and sociocultural lenses to examine the intersections of literacy education, technology, and curriculum development as a means to identify and amplify equity-oriented pedagogies in K-8 classrooms; and has had experience in the classroom as an elementary school teacher.


Mary Muriuki is a pioneer home educator in Kenya with 22 years of experience. She is the founder and director of Elimu Nyumbani, an organization that provides tutor services, consultancy and training to parents and teachers in Home Education. She is also the East Africa regional representative of CambriLearn, and is a founding member of EACH (East Africa Christian Home Educators). In response to the current school crisis, she launched a free e-magazine to educate parents on successful homeschooling.

Dahlia Hamza Constantine is a doctoral candidate in Curriculum & Teaching at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Her research focuses on how kids navigate, map and learn from the people and spaces in their communities. She has been teaching for 15 years and at nearly every level, from kindergarten to graduate students. Dahlia was a Teacher Consultant with the Northern Virginia Writing Project, traveling to different schools to share ideas with teachers about supporting immigrant children. Her proudest achievement was receiving the Agnes Meyer Award for Outstanding Teaching by the Washington Post.  

Esther Gacicio is an Edtech Consultant & Co-Founder of eLearning Solutions (eLS), a company leveraging on digital technology to design, deliver and deploy learning and training solutions, across the spectrum; to the youth, institutions and corporates.

Esther is a former and a long serving employee of the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) where she rose through the ranks to Senior Assistant Director specializing in education technology. She is an accomplished eLearning Specialist, Instructional and Curriculum Designer, Trainer/Facilitator with experience spanning over 25 years with passion for digital literacy systems and their impact in education and capacity building. Esther was involved in the development of the Competency Based curriculum (CBC) and also served as a member of secretariat for the taskforce on enhancing access, relevance, transition, equity and quality for effective curriculum reforms and implementation of CBC.

Esther holds several accolades among them Global Award for Excellence in eLearning at the World Education Congress Global and Awards 2015 as well as the 2011 Technology in Government in Africa (TIGA) Award by United Nations Economic Commission of Africa (ECA). She was a finalist at the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 2017/2018; a program ran by Royal Academy of Engineering United Kingdom. She is also a Metis Fellow having successfully completed the Metis Fellowship Programme in 2018.

She led the KICD team in scooping an award for excellence in Service Delivery during the Kenya Public Service Day 2017 for the Kenya Education Cloud and again recognized for her excellence in public service innovation 2011 edition in “Development of Policy, Strategy and Leadership”.

Esther holds Master’s and Bachelor’s Degrees in Education from University of Nairobi and Moi University respectively, and a Graduate Diploma in Leadership Development in ICT and Knowledge Society from the Dublin City University, Ireland. She is a trained and certified in New Learning Technologies by tele-akademia and in eLearning Technology by the University of Colombo School of Computing, Colombo, Sri Lanka. She has also undergone the Strategic Leadership Development Program(SLDP) by Kenya School of Government in 2011. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in ICT in Education from the University of Nairobi.


Eskimo Kobia Kirumbi is an official at the Kenya Parents Association - Nakuru County