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KenCada International School was co-founded by Hemed Mukui of Kenya with Michael McGuire and Anke Jenkins of Canada. Their shared interests brought them together at a school in the Changamwae district of Mombasa. Together they dreamed of a school experience that would connect their two home countries under a common vision: an affordable, innovative, high-quality education. KenCada International Academy is a place of knowledge, a school of discovery.

We owe children the very best we can give. From this simple premise came numerous discussions that took place over three years and across two continents. Countless hours with a variety of experts and stakeholders have led to what has become KenCada International Academy today- an educational experience for Kenya that honors the best practices in pedagogy from around the world.

The result: the creation of a community school with an international presence that prepares the children of Kenya for the 21st century.

Hemed Mukui, Managing Director, comes to KenCada with over 20 years of education experience as a community leader in Mombasa. He has been the school management committee chairman of numerous schools in Mombasa. As project manager for Nuru Orphanage, he oversaw the development of the charity into a reputable organization. Hemed is affiliated with Port Reiz, and actively engages international groups in their work there. In addition, Hemed has worked alongside the Aga Khan Academy in their summer international student programs.

Michael McGuire, Founding and Executive Director, has 27 years of education experience in teaching, curriculum design, leadership, and program development. After receiving his Masters in Curriculum Design and Leadership in 2000, he developed several experiential education programs in Canada. His passion for education and international development has also taken him to Ethiopia where he assisted in the establishment of a community school in Jimma. During this time, he worked to establish Circus Jimma, a community based circus school that has since toured Africa.

Greta Bartsch, Education Advisor, joined the team at the school's inception. She consults with the Directors, Head Teacher, and staff to provide professional development in support of the mission and vision of KenCada. She is the Principal of the Junior School at Stratford Hall International Baccalaureate World School in Vancouver, Canada, and travels frequently to Kenya.

Anke Jenkins, co-founder, came to Kenya in 2011 to lead the development of a Kenyan preschool north Mombasa. Anke's belief in wholistic childhood development and her enthusiasm for international partnerships and development brought her to Mombasa and the KenCada project. She was integral to the school's first phase of operations.