On the 26th of February 2022, Brother Andrea Sifuna was honoured by the Ichange Nations Award at Kamel Park Hotel, in Kisii town, Kenya. The award was given in recognition of his contribution in the field of education, especially in empowering marginalized youth in the education sector through the CP schools. He received the Ichange Nations Regional Statesman Award.
Ichange Nations is a USA-based NGO that identifies and honours people who have excelled in empowering others. The group sent nine of its officials to Kenya to confer the Awards.
Brother Andrea Sifuna was nominated for the award by two of his former students. He is a passionate believer in the transforming power of education for the marginalized young people.
Br. Sifuna has been instrumental in starting the Coaching Programme (CP) at Mosocho in 1995. This was an affordable secondary school that cut off many appendixes that contributed to anchoring secondary education beyond the reach of the poor. The Coaching Programme focused on what was core and necessary for certification at KCSE level.
The idea was quickly noted and replicated by people both within CMM and outside. Soon afterwards, many schools emerged in various places modelled on the idea. It must be kept in mind that at the time these schools were emerging, secondary education in Kenya was not yet free as it is the case now. Today, thousands of graduates from these schools can be found almost in every sector of employment both within Kenya and abroad.