Target: Form 4, KCSE leavers and beyond

Dates: From Tue 22nd January 2018

Location: MOW Sports Club, South C, Nairobi

Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm, Twice per week

Cost: Ksh 2,000/- per session

Registration: Kindly click here

The first meeting for the GAP Year 2019 was held on Tuesday 8th January 2018 as the Admissions & Scholarships Session 2019. For details, kindly click here

Aim: Transition preparation: From high school to tertiary educational institutions and working life. 

This includes, but is not limited to, helping  prepare willing, passionate and visionary youth to further seek admission and scholarship into top, world class institutions.


Further details are as per the Personal Leadership Development outline document to the right.


Core program 

This consists of  ten (10) core sessions of 35 contact hours & 10 field sessions of over 35 hours. 

The program is regularly kicked off with a full day Admissions & Scholarships Day event. The skills provided include, but are not limited to the following;  

  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Field trips
  • Group work
  • Team building
  • Research
  • Presentations with assignments in between. 

Our training format is for participation in a Socratic fashion, which requires the participants to work - not just sit back and fall asleep. This is within a fun environment with experiential team-building methodology.


Our Value Addition includes; 

  • Self discovery – students first need to know themselves; their gifts, abilities, learning styles, dreams, goals and vision
  • Identify possible careers – based on knowing themselves
  • Prepare for their careers – based on post secondary institutions, such as universities
  • Plot your educational journey – setting of goals, timelines for short, medium and long term goals
  • Establish a career path – based on current & emerging challenges in the job and careers market locally and overseas
  • Establish Life & Soft skills
  • Launch entrepreneurial projects through proof of concept, pilot projects, scale up projects
The above is based on Customisation, not Standardization, deeply immersing youth in environments that celebrate their unique strengths, abilities, passion with great fun. This is seen as we celebrate the successes of George Gathiani (Gap Year 2015) and his film "Grieve" (above) about a character embracing repressed grief, screened as part of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. As well as Ernest Ochieng, Gap Year 2016 admitted with full scholarship to Harvard University to study Engineering.


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For the Gap Year 2017 & 2018, the last activity in the season is participation at the Kenya National Prayer Breakfast, whose Chief Guest was H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro, Senators, Governors, MP's, Ambassadors and other leaders.

The Gap Year training is based on Core and Field Activities. Sample activities of previous season include, but were not limited to; 

Video testimonial by Francis Wahome, currently admitted to the African Leadership University is available here.

Video talk on Public Speaking by Eric Kimonyi, graduate of TUK is available here

For photos of activities, please visit our Facebook page "Akad Africa" or click here

Testimonial: Yuri Coret, July 2019

Hello everyone,

Following the successful accomplishment of the borehole renovation project in Kawangware Primary School, we were able to have a handing over event today at the school. We have sustainably impacted over 2100 students representing more than 1000 households in Kawangware slum.

Furthermore, we have contributed to the fulfillment of 9 SDG goals. I want to say a great thank you to the Davis And Shirtliff Head Office , AKAD Africa , Public Image, and PACE (Promoting Access to Community Education), Kenya for supporting me through this journey. We will be hopefully extending the project to 2 more schools in Nairobi. — at Kawangware Primary School.

Previous Case Study Activities  

For photos of activities, please visit our Facebook page "Akad Africa" oclick here

Liability Waiver

  • Costs for core events at MOW Sports Club include tea & snacks. 
  • Costs exclude transport, internet, third party & field trip costs. 
  • Field trips & activities are at cost (which vary), payable in advance and subject to space availability. 
  • Field trips are available subject to collaborative partner agreements, and given on a competitive basis - which includes but is not limited to, assessment of submitted Monitoring & Evaluation Essays from Core activity events (please see essay writing format below). 
  • Timetable details of field trips will be provided to successfully registered participants on a need to know basis.
  • By registering, all participants confirm that they have the discretion and are healthy enough to participate in physically straineous team-building activities 
  • Liability waiver is as per policy is available by clicking here
  • Manual liability waiver is to be signed for walk in participants. 

Community Service 

The advantage to participants is that community service verifies and measures your philanthropic contribution to society. This is of value to youth seeking to demonstrate value addition to their profiles, when seeking possible admission and scholarship opportunities in overseas institutions (where an "A" grade is not enough). Community Service is one of the five basic pillars AKAD provides assistance to our mentees.

The YEES! Program schools and community in based in Kawangware, Nairobi, Kenya. YEES! delivers entrepreneurship training to children from the ages of 6-15 years in Kawangware. The curriculum includes enterprise skills, field trips, literacy, and creative and sports development delivered during the school holidays. The program uses trained local entrepreneurs as volunteers to deliver the training and to serve as mentors.

Sample Essays 

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Field Activity Essay samples 
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We truly appreciate the leadership and Mentorship and leadership of Akad mentees that have gone ahead of this group. They include, but are not limited to, Ernest Ochieng (Harvard Class 2020) as he joined Harvard in August 2016. Ernest was mentored by George Gathiani, currently at Washington University in St. Louis (2015), who was mentored by Brian Ngugi, previously of the African Leadership Academy (ALA) and currently at Jacobs University (Germany). Prior to this, Brian was impacted by Wambui Mburu, currently at the Oklahoma State University. 



   Lennox Owino and David Mwangi with Nairobi Women Representative, Esther Passaris 
                                                                                 Good food! 
                               Rev. Dr. Weche with CS. Education, Amb. Amina Mohamed. 



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