T4T preparations in Kenya in full swing

If the app and mail traffic increases, then we already know. While the 44 Dutch Kenyans will not have their first preparation meeting until Saturday, our director Francis Nzai has been busy for weeks putting the coordinators of all our projects, informing the important management of the Teachers Service Commission (employer on behalf of the government) about our activities and getting him along for the necessary permissions to go to the schools, involving the Curriculum Support Officers (inspectors) in the programs, so that as many teachers as possible can participate and meanwhile starting local fundraising (to win quality diner set).
Nowadays teachers are no longer allowed to follow courses and training during school hours. For our program, this means that the workshops for SE, PE and Special Needs will take place on Saturday and Sunday. So  we quickly read the reports from last time to see how that worked out. Continuing on Monday after very intense workshops is not a good idea. So adjust the program. Pre-primary education (ECD) still falls under the County Government, which is a big fan of T4T, so these teachers can attend the workshops on Monday. As the projects are increasingly in Kenyan hands, many Kenyan colleagues will be committed. For example:

3 trainers for the school leader training (of the 5, unfortunately 2 have since been transferred to another County);
5 coaches for the school leader training (a number of this group were also transferred)
9 facilitators at the PE workshops (12 are needed, we will not achieve that in full, partly due to the mandatory transfers, but we will also find something on that). Two of them will also continue their training as a workshop leader;
3 facilitators for SE
4 facilitators for ECD (of which 2 will also be trained as a workshop leader);
1 for Special Needs;
1 coach who does the training as a coaching trainer.

T4T director with CSO Daniel Mwanza

Then it’s time to classify the zones to visit, together with the CSO’s, and invite the teachers. In the meantime, we have determined the themes of the projects in consultation with Kenyan coordinators, namely:

Primary Education: creativity in teaching (active learning, portfolio and awareness of competences within CBC). Subject: English in standard 3 and 4.

Special Needs: increase awareness of disabilities and possibilities. (build on the approach of the specialists in September)

Early Child Development Education: creativity in teaching with focus on active learning and developing materials.

Secondary Education: creativity in teaching with focus on active learning, with special attention to the new curriculum.

How hard the themes are, remains to be seen during the first workshop day, because just like ours, teachers’ questions are often different from what managers estimate. We will certainly prepare our participants for this flexible approach in the coming Saturdays. And of course on the first Friday in Kenya together with all facilitators. In the Netherlands, Ria has the comprehensive participant’s guide almost ready, so let’s go. Together with our “taximan” James, she will, a few days earlier in Kenya than we are, embark on an ingenious transport system during the 11 days.

It is all descriptive that I really notice what major steps we have taken in our professionalism. It should be borne in mind that in 2010 there was no information guide at all, that only workshops were organized for PE, of which only the subject was known (Math or English), that there were no facilitators at all, who would organize travel expenses, the lunches and substantive support of the Dutch teachers and certainly not coordinators. But even then it worked. Especially thanks to “to meet” and “to connect”.

So let’s start with this next Saturday.

Ruud Musman

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