Inyega Hellen

Inyega Hellen

Associate Professor

Prof. Hellen Inyega - Associate Professor at the University of Nairobi, Department of Educational Communication Technology.

Area of Specialization

  • Associate Professor - Language, Literacy, Special and Early Childhood Education - Teaching courses at all levels of the Kenyan education system; supervising students on placement in pre-primary to tertiary educational settings; providing advisement on academic research; coordinating PhD programmes in Early Childhood Development.
  • Consultant - Language, Literacy, Numeracy, Special Education, Early Childhood Education and Learning Assessment - Providing technical support on: early language, literacy and numeracy instruction, materials development and use; capacity development of regional and national level education personnel; early childhood development policy framework; psychometrics and competency-based curriculum assessment; develop relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and impact measures of education projects
  • Literacy Coordinator Early Grade Reading Institute.

  • Partnership Liaison - Partnering with different organizations on language, literacy, numeracy, special and early childhood education matters.
  • Grant Writing Manager - responsible for grants proposal writing for Early Grade Reading Institute.


Academic background

  • IIEP-UNESCO,Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) Certificate Course on Large-Scale Learning Assessments(February, 2016
  • The University of Georgia, USA -Doctor of Philosophy in Reading Education(2003-2006)
  • The University of Auckland,New Zealand Master of Education in Special Education (1999 -2001)
  • Kenyatta University, Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) (1995-1996)
  • Kenyatta University,Bachelor of Arts in Literature in English and Kiswahili (1988 -1991)


Academic objectives




  • Recipient of the 2015 World Literacy Council Award for being a game changer in 2014
  • National Book Development Council (NBDCK) Literary Award Children’s Category
  • International Reading Association (Nila Banton Smith Research Dissemination Grant 2004)
  • The University of Georgia Graduate School Assistantship 2003-2005.
  • Lamson Prize in Child Language and Literacy (1999) in recognition of research done about children as emergent readers (University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • New Zealand Overseas Development Assistance (NZODA) Scholarship (1999 -2001) for a Masters in Special Education, the University of Auckland New Zealand



Contact information

Office: Department of Educational Communication Technology
Office Phone: +254728515058/+254737728515058


Recent publications

  • Influence of Bachelor of Education Teacher Trainees’ Information Searching Ability on Utilization of E-resources at University of Nairobi Kenya
  • The Nuts and Bolts for Effective Literacy and Numeracy Instruction in Early Childhood
  • Improving literacy instruction in Kenya through teacher professional development and text messages support: A cluster randomized trial