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Workers education is critical for any form of development to take place in a modern economy. This statement needs no emphasis. In Kenya, workers’ education and training has come a long way since the evolution of the trade union movement at the beginning of the last century.

One of the most important milestones in this journey was the founding of an institution to offer training to union education and members on various labour issues. This marked the establishment of the Tom Mboya Labour College in 1983.

The College was a tribute to the vision of a gallant trade unionist - Thomas Joseph Mboya.

More than three decades after its opening, there is a lot that has been achieved by the College.

Numerous workers, from Kenya and abroad, have been trained on various aspects of labour with the broad aim of enhancing effective representation while also improving the operations of unions.

In addition, the College has played host to a wide range of local and international conferences, workshops, seminars and meetings of trade unions and workers to deliberate on various issues in the labour sector.

These two major achievements have indeed raised the College's profile locally, in the region and internationally. They have also spurned many collaborations with other organizations and institutions from which the College has benefitted greatly.

Further, key infrastructure developments have been carried out to expand and upgrade facilities so as to offer world class training and education on labour issues.


The most notable of this was the construction of a Resource Centre to offer conferencing and accommodation facilities for unions and workers.

Despite the achievements outlined above, the College continues to face numerous challenges which must be recognized and planned for.

The most significant of these challenges is the continued reduction in resources for implementation of projects and programmes.

Another major challenge is the decline in the number of trade union leaders, members and workers enrolled for courses on labour issues.

These two challenges are closely related. Kenya continues to face declining unionization which impacts on the College's resources.

The dwindling trade union membership and trade union resource base also limits budget for trade union and workers’ education.

This Strategic Plan has proposed several strategies and activities mainly aimed at addressing the resource gaps and redirecting the institution's focus back to trade union education.


This was always what the founders of the College envisioned. The Plan has been formulated to ensure that the College can deliver quality education and training to meet the demands of modern unions, their members and workers in general.

Five key themes have been threaded in the document: aligning the College’s curriculum to trade unions' and workers' needs; leveraging on technology; strengthening research and policy analysis; upgrading infrastructure; and raising the College's profile.

Bro. Ernest N.Nadome
Chairman of the Board
Tom Mboya Labour College




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