Mr. D.K. Gachukia: Director and Chairman
Mr. Gachukia is a self-made entrepreneur who started his career as a Secondary School teacher after graduating with a Diploma in Education from Makerere University College in 1956. On graduation Mr. Gachukia taught in various Secondary Schools in Kenya and Uganda including, Kagumo High School, Thika High School and Namilyango High School in Uganda. He studied Diplomacy in France in 1962-1963. Between 1963 and 1974 he worked with the Foreign Ministry as the Charge d’ Affairs at the Kenya office in Paris and then as Chief of Protocol until he retired from the civil service. On retiring from the civil service in 1974 he joined the Board of Directors of East Africa Industries Ltd, initially as the Company Secretary and Head of Personnel and Human Resources and finally as the General Manager responsible for the Oils Crops Development Division of this company. He retired from East Africa industries in 1983 to launch The Riara Primary School and concentrate on the school business. Mr. Gachukia is widely traveled on both training courses and attending educational meetings. This has enhanced his knowledge of local, regional and international educational systems. Mr. Gachukia has held responsible positions in a number of organizations. He served for five years as Chairman of the Board of Governors of Thika High School. For six years he was a member of the Kenyatta University Council and Chairman of the same Council for 3 years. He is a Life Governor of the Agricultural Society of Kenya and was for 3 years the Chairman of the Nairobi International Show. In 1994 Mr. Gachukia played a leading role in the establishment of the Kenya Private Schools’ Association (KPSA) for which he is now Patron. This is an association of owners of private schools in Kenya, which follow the Kenya Curriculum of Education.
Dr. (Mrs) Eddah W. Gachukia Phd: Academic Director.
Dr. E.W. Gachukia has been involved in education and training in Kenya since 1960 when she joined Thika High School after graduating with a Diploma in Education from Makerere University College. After teaching for 3 years she advanced her education at Leeds University where she specialized in language teaching. She was then appointed the Head of General Methods Section of the Kenya Institute of Education specializing in Curriculum Research and Development, where she remained from 1965 to 1968.
She then joined the University of Nairobi where she graduated with a Bachelor degree in 1971. Her Masters Degree was upgraded to PHD in 1973. She obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Literature in 1981. Between 1973 and 1987 Dr. Gachukia was a lecturer at the University of Nairobi. She was also a Member of Parliament between 1974 and 1983. During the period 1987 and 1990 Dr. E. Gachukia was National Advisor to UNESCO on Population Information and Development Communication for Kenya. In between she was also for over 10 years the Chairperson and Board of Governors of Kenya High School, which is one of the largest girls secondary schools with boarding facilities in Nairobi. She was also a member of Boards of several other schools including the Alliance Girls High School and State House Road Girls High School.
Dr. E. Gachukia served as the Founding Executive Director of the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) 1993 – 1998 which is a non-governmental Pan African Organization based in Nairobi and serving over 30 African countries. FAWE membership comprises of Women Ministers of Education and University Vice-Chancellors in the African region. The NGO concentrates on the promotion of policies and practices aimed at enhancement of girls’ education in Africa countries.In addition to being a Director and shareholder of RGS, Dr. E. Gachukia was the chairperson of Uchumi Supermarkets Ltd, a Director of the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR). She has served on the Board of Kenya Airways and Nation Newspapers Limited, among others. She is a respected member of several Organizations of which she has served in various capacities. These include the National Council of Women of Kenya, the Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organisation (MYWO), the YWCA and the Collaborative Centre for Gender and Development. Dr. Gachukia’s wealth of experience as an educationist, business executive and social worker have been useful in the development of The Riara Group of Schools. She has been a member of various education review task forces and chaired the task force that whose recommendations guided the implementation of the Free Primary Education in Kenya.
To date Riara has succeeded in building a name as a reputable institution offering quality and holistic education; meeting the needs and requirements of her.
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