Meet the Director

Matthew Nzioka Kithyaka was appointed Director of Starehe Boys’ Centre on 4th December 2009.

Mr Kithyaka graduated from Kenyatta University in 2005 with an MBA in Human Resource Management, having first completed his Higher Diploma at Railways Training Institute, Nairobi. He has a Diploma in Education; Certificates in Business Writing Skills, Training the Trainer and Environmental Impact Assessment; and is a qualified trainer in HIV and AIDS and Peer Education. Mr Kithyaka has also worked as a teacher at two Kenyan high schools distinguished by their good record for discipline and performance.

Mr Kithyaka has long been committed to understanding and meeting the development needs of young people, and in 2006 he was awarded the prestigious Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW) for distinguished service to the nation (youth affairs).

It is this unique combination of skills, experience and commitment that will enable Mr Kithyaka to lead Starehe Boys’ Centre in a way that puts the needs of students first while reconciling long-term goals with new demands for sustainable development.

We are delighted to welcome him on board.

A leading light in youth development

Mr Kithyaka has a keen understanding of the needs of young people, and the balance of formal and informal education that inspires them towards personal and social development.

Immediately before joining Starehe, he was Operations Director for the Africa Region of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Association, overseeing the development of the entire programme across 21 African countries.

He travelled extensively, visiting 18 countries and liaising with Government and other officials from a wide range of backgrounds. In particular, he helped to set-up viable leadership structures in Angola, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Mauritius, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda.

He also brokered partnerships between the International Award Association, the World Organisation of Scouts, the World Organisation of Girl Guides and the Girl Scouts movement, and successfully steered many countries in developing project proposals aimed at providing disadvantaged young people with the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills.

A valuable association

Prior to this role, Mr Kithyaka was Director of the President’s Award in Kenya - having worked his way up from Training Officer in just four years.

Indeed, he helped to establish the internship programme which offers opportunities for young college and university students - such as those at Starehe Boys’ centre - to gain meaningful skills in the workplace.

A true dedication

Mr Kithyaka is member of the Kenya Institute of Management.

From 2001 to 2003, he was a member of the Steering Committee for the development of the Kenya National Youth Policy. He also assisted the National Council of Churches of Kenya by supporting their National Leadership Training Programme, and helped the Ministry of Energy by informing its annual staff training programme. In addition, he has written and presented professional papers on a wide range of subjects – from the Effects of HIV and AIDS on Youth to Strategic Management.

Mr Kithyaka has numerous practical skills including basic survival, orienteering, mountain climbing, canoeing, caving, rock climbing, abseiling, fire-fighting and first aid.

In his private capacity, he mentors many young people, helping them to focus on their studies and career development.

He is married with three children.

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Matthew Nzioka Kithyaka - Director

I am commited to community service and volunteerism. And I have passion for youth development. Matthew Nzioka Kathyaka OGW (Order of the Grand Warrior), Director

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