Board of Directors

Patrick Makokoro

Patrick Makokoro is a social entrepreneur, an early childhood development practitioner, and educational researcher with extensive experience working in community and international development. The work he has carried out includes early childhood development program implementation, national ECD network establishment in Africa and providing extensive early childhood development consulting support to international non-profits working in Africa.

He is a dedicated child rights activist and among other social entrepreneurship initiatives, he founded the Nhaka Foundation, a charitable organization that provides early childhood development, education, meals, health care, psycho-social support, and other essential services to children in Eswatini, Lesotho, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

He is a co-founder of the Africa Early Childhood Network, founder of the Zimbabwe Network for Early Childhood Development Actors (ZINECDA) and convenor of the recently launched Southern Africa Network for Early Childhood Development (SANECD). He is a key member of the ECDinAfrica initiative led by the UNESCO Tri-Chairs in Early Childhood Development (Africa focused), has several publications on early childhood development in Africa and continues to research and write in this area.

Patrick Makokoro has a BA in Community Development from the University of South Africa, a Post Graduate Diploma in International Youth and Child Care from the University of Victoria, an MSc in Development Studies from the Women’s University of Africa. He has a Ph.D in Educational Studies (Curriculum and Instruction) from the University of Victoria, Canada.