Metis accelerates the pace of education reform across Africa, by investing in African leaders and their capacity to drive high quality education initiatives.

Our Model

Metis runs a Fellowship that develops leaders in Nairobi’s ecosystem to drive stronger learning outcomes and higher quality in their initiatives, enabling the city to be a model for other education systems in Africa.

The Metis Fellowship identifies education leaders with potential - particularly people of color and women - and strengthens their skills by providing them with Coaching, a Community of Practice, and Connections to talent and capital. Our first cohort of Fellows began in September 2017 and 10 Fellows graduated in September 2018. Learn More → 


The majority of schools in Africa are not preparing students for the 21st century workforce or equipping students with basic skills. According to UNICEF, 40% of African children fail "to meet basic outcomes in literacy and numeracy." And education systems are not improving: Uwezo's research on education sectors in East Africa shows "no significant improvement in learning outcomes" from 2009-2015. Learn More → 

The Problem


We use Nairobi's education ecosystem - the city in Africa with the highest concentration of innovative schools, education companies, and progressive government policies - as a lab to build higher quality models. We bring African leaders to the ecosystem to learn the practice of education innovation and impact. Learn More → 

The Opportunity

metis: wisdom, skill, or craft in ancient Greek; practical knowledge from years of experience in a specific local context; critical to influence outcomes in situations that are complex, uncertain, and rapidly changing.

- James scott
seeing like a state: how certain schemes to improve the human condition have failed (1998)

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"Success is out there. There are many actors out there in many guises – in the private sector, among NGO’s, and inside government systems – doing fantastic things even in difficult country contexts such as Pakistan and Nigeria and Nepal. The problem is that failure is out there too, and we haven’t figured out how to consistently build education ecosystems whose natural operation would promote the good and weed out the bad. Lots of people have figured out how to build good, even great, schools – which is terrific – but what I want to imagine is an ecosystem of schooling from which better and better schools are the natural outcome."

— lant pritchett, center for global development
the rebirth of education (2013)