History of the Msingi Journal

The idea of starting "Msingi‟ is an old one in the history of the Department of Educational Foundations at Kenyatta University. In early 1980s, members felt there was a need to provide a platform through which they could present, publish research findings, debate issues, communicate with the audience beyond the confines of the department and the then University College at large. Meetings were held to discuss ways and means of starting a forum for such discussion. The end result of the meetings was the birth of a journal. They named it 'Msingi', Kiswahili for Foundations. Members of staff with a lot of determination, enthusiasm, and passion mobilized their own resources. These efforts culminated in the production of the first issue of „Msingi‟ in 1985. Among the founders of "Msingi‟ were Prof. R.J. Njoroge and the late Prof. G. Bennars, its first editor

The journal was well received in academic circles. It gave hope to many scholars in the department and beyond who had been yearning for such a forum in which to publish. After a few issues, however, "Msingi‟ went out of production mainly due to financial challenges that faced the editorial team. Despite this setback,the dream of having a departmental journal did not die. The need for "Msingi‟ that was identified in 1985 is still relevant today as it was in the days of the founders. Members of the department, yet again, mobilized resources to revive the journal culminating to Msingi Volume 1 Number 1 2013. The issue put the department back on the journey that was started in1985. 

Scope of the journal

The journal covers the following thematic areas

1. Philosophy of Education
2. Contemporary issues in Education
3. Peace Education
4. Health Education
5. Education for marginalized groups
6. Life skills
7. Parenting
8. Higher Education
9. Sociology of Education
10.History of Education
11.Comparative Education
12.Policy and Education