The vision of WERK is a society that values the centrality of knowledge for the creation of a humane, equitable and prosperous society.
To contribute to the entrenchment of the principles of equity, justice and peace in Kenya for all Kenyans by linking research to advocacy. Specifically, it aims at:
- Conducting creative research impacting on the education of women and girls in Kenya;
- Disseminating the research findings to educationists and non-educationists alike;
- Linking research to advocacy for the promotion of a gender equitable society; and
- Building female professionalism in educational research.
Our Core Values
- Equity: Fairness and justice in access to opportunities.
- Inclusivity: Promoting the value of diversity in terms of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and nondiscrimination on the basis of socio-economic status; sensory and physical ability.
- Integrity: Upholding values of truth, honesty, honour, ethical conduct and accountability.
- Excellence: Striving for rigour and professionalism in research and all our activities.
- Learning: Mentoring and nurturing researchers especially women
- Research: conduct educational and social science research; develop the capacity of young researchers especially women; re-activate local community knowledge through utilizing community capacities and resources in knowledge generation and share knowledge with the public and other actors at all levels.
- Advocacy: carry out evidence-based advocacy and action locally and globally through networking with individuals, communities, government and other institutions; develop evidence-based strategies to address issues likely to affect development and empowerment of women and girls, men and boys and articulate WERK’s position on key strategic and national issues that touch on its vision and mission.
- Learning: pursue continued self-improvement and nurture a learning culture through fostering a community of practice in research and advocacy; forging linkages with like-minded persons and institutions; Inspiring change agents in pursuit of WERK’s vision and reflection on and documenting experiences for the betterment of practice.
BYRONE BUYU WAYODI
Byrone is the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) officer for the WERK Opportunity Schools Project. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science from the University of Nairobi, a Diploma in Information Technology from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). He brings to WERK a wealth of 10 years’ experience in project management from reputable organizations with a focus on project implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation for which he previously served as a Project Officer, Research assistant and Monitoring and Evaluation officer positions. He has implemented projects in various local and international NGOs in partnership with government structures for international donor-funded projects including USAID, DFID, World Bank, UNICEF, Educate A Child (EAC) Qatar, among others in the areas of Education, Livelihoods, HIV/AIDS programming and WASH programs. He further has skills in training, innovation and integrating technology in implementation as well as mobile technologies in data collection. He also serves as an integral member of the Fundraising Committee at WERK. He is a generally sociable, outgoing and a learning enthusiast.
BYRONE BUYU WAYODI
AGATHA KIMANISENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER
Ann Mathei works as the Accounts Assistant having previously worked with The Institute for Social Accountability and deals with various operational activities such as Accounts payables, Accounts receivables and statutory deductions. She holds a bachelors of Arts degree from The University of Nairobi (Economics and Sociology), and is currently pursuing CPA qualifications Part II.
ANN MATHEIACCOUNTS ASSISTANT
Dina Ogolla holds a B.A Degree in Communication from Daystar University. She has over six years’ experience working for different organizations. Prior to joining WERK in the year 2013 she served in different organizations at different capacities. She has a lot of experience in Administrative and Human Resource Management.
DINA OGOLAPROGRAMS ASSISTANT
MRS. SOPHIA YIEGA
Mrs. Sophia Yiega holds a B.ED Degree (Geography, History and Education) and M.ED (Psychology) from Kenyatta University. Currently, she is undertaking Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PHD) in Educational Psychology at Mount Kenya University. She is a Council Member of the Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (Government appointment as per the Kenya Gazette Vol. CXV NO 8 dated 18th January, 2013, Gazette Notice No, 472). She has over twenty years of experience in education sector in Kenya, ten of which with the Government and the others with International NGOs. Sophia has held several positions in different International organizations; an Education Advisor for SNV Netherlands Development organization, Education Coordinator with Care International at Daadab Refugee Camp, Capacity Building facilitator for Concern Worldwide and a Community Development Facilitator for Action Aid International. Mrs. Yiega once served as a Zonal Inspector of Schools for the Ministry of Education and as a graduate teacher in Secondary Schools. Sophia has several publications with international journals in her name.