As we draw the curtains for the year 2013 and reflect back to take stock, we are grateful to note what a fruitful year it was. The highlight of 2013 was the culmination of the first anniversary since Kenya Connect solar powered Learning Resource Center was officially opened in November 2012. The Center started off with training for one school – Wamunyu ABC but to date the number has grown to six schools who continue to benefi from computer literacy training program. At the same time, over 100 teachers drawn from all our enrolled schools have been trained. This means that at least two teachers from each of our enrolled schools are computer literate. Over the same period, over 600 students from 8 other schools visited the LRC for a daylong educational visits. Another notable highlight, is that 2013 was the year that re-known master teachers on arts integration from US conducted the first ever professional workshops among our teachers at the LRC. These are just a few among other remarkable milestones in the pursuit of our goal to reach out and improve literacy standards among all students and teachers of the 54 schools enrolled in Kenya Connect.
During the third quarter of 2013, we enrolled three new schools in the training program. They are Sofia PS, Makaalu PS and Makaalu Secondary School. These Schools are located at middle-distance relative to the Center so after 35 minutes walk from school, all the students are sitted at the LRC ready for an instruction class! At the same time, we enrolled a new class of teachers drawn from different enrolled schools. All the four classes have been running concurrently visiting the Center once a week for two-hours training sessions. Over the same period, Mwaasua, Mavitini and Miondoni Primary schools visited the LRC for daylong tours. All students attending trainings continue to show a great sense of motivation to learn new skills.
“I have never experienced a better practical way of learning than what ‘am learning the Kenya Connect LRC”
Mbithe Mwilu, student Sofia PS.
We owe all these accomplishments to your great support through out 2013 and look forward to achieve more in the coming year. Again, thanks for your great support.
Wishing you happy holidays!
We just marked the second graduation of students since the Kenya Connect Learning Resource Center (LRC) was launched in November of 2012. At the event over 100 students graduated marking a 50% increase compared to the last event. The group - 70 students from Mbaikini and Kambiti Primary Schools as well as 35 teachers from different schools - all underwent intense training for a period of 5 months learning word processing, Internet navigation, email messaging, and hands on practical experience regarding the hardware.
The students attended training sessions for two hours once a week. During the training period, all students showed a lot of enthusiasm to learn. As a result it is exciting to note that the class attendance rate was very impressive: over 97%! The culmination of their hard work was marked in a colourful graduation ceremony where everyone was awarded certificates and special awards were given to the exemplary students.
" My students and I are very grateful to Kenya Connect for empowering us with computer literacy skills for the 21 century. We are very motivated and enthusiastic to learn. As a teacher, I found this training very invaluable for my professional development. It has empowered me with skills to do online research which is very enriching considering we have limited resources in our school. This will enable me to be a better teacher and in turn influence my student’s performance positively."
Benjamin Mwilu, a teacher at Kambiti PS.
“ I thought computer was a hard subject but to my surprise, I found it easy to understand. With computer knowledge, I feel very confident to face any challenge in future!”
Kyule philliph, a student from Kambiti Primary School.
Over the same period Kyeengai PS, which is a relatively far distance from the LRC, had the opportunity to visit for a day-long educational tour. A group of 51 students and teachers had the opportunity to learn basic computer operations and keyboarding.
We are now enrolling a new group of students and teachers for the third intensive training program and we are happy to report that the training is highly desired in our community. At the moment, each of our schools has already two computer-trained teachers and it remains our goal to reach out and train all the teachers in our enrolled schools.
We remain most grateful to you for your great support. It has provided a helping hand to allow us to make a giant step forward in developing the capacity of our teachers and students for the 21st century workplace.
Please spread the word about our upcoming bonus day on October 9th. Your donation will have the most bounce if you give on that day when Global Giving will match it by 30%. Thanks for your support!
Thank you again to Global Giving staff, Ms. Farley Sawyer, who visited during the month of August. We were honored to host her and the students from Kambiti and Mbaikini Primary Schools had the great pleasure of spending the day with her. The visit was quite enriching for both the students and Kenya Connect staff.
We are excited to share the progress of the Learning Resource Center over the last three months. We recently celebrated the graduation of 35 students of Wamunyu Primary School and 35 teachers who were the pioneers at the LRC. A total of 70 students have graduated since we began the computer literacy program.
Mbaikini and Kambiti Primary schools are our new schools currently undergoing computer literacy classes. We have enrolled 35 students in each of these schools making a total of 70 new students. These two schools are in close proximity to the Center. After about a 25-minute walk after school, all the students are seated for a 1½-hour class at 3:30 p.m. We continue our teacher training so at the same time have enrolled another class comprising 38 teachers from different schools who attend classes once a week for 2½ hours from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each of these three groups of learners alternate on different days of the week.
Nduluku and Sofia primary schools have visited the LRC for day long visits for a computer introduction class and basic keyboarding experience. At the end of their visit all the students have shown great interest and enthusiasm to learn.
Most exciting, this summer we were honored to host a group of 10 guests comprised of arts integration teachers, a computer expert, a librarian and other volunteers from the USA who helped tremendously in computer training, the networking of computers, and setting up a mini library within the center. The library has over 340 books; many of them by African authors or set in Africa. We are thrilled that Carus Publications sent 40 of their children magazines including Cricket, Spider, Faces, and Muse. The arts integration teachers hosted a very successful three-day workshop for 38 teachers drawn from different enrolled schools.
Our goal is to train all the teachers from our schools and as many students as possible from all of our enrolled schools. As always, we remain most grateful to your great support that continues to sustain this training program. Keep up the good work!
We are excited to share with you our progress at Kenya Connect’s computer Learning Resource Center as we provide 21st century skills; training students and teachers alike in computer literacy. We opened the doors of the LRC to the public in late November 2012, and our first class of 35 students was from Wamunyu ABC Primary School. It is the nearest school to the LRC and after 15 minute walk, the students sit down for a one hour lesson. The students come twice per week and start at 3.30 p.m. after their normal school day ends.
At the same time we enrolled a class of 35 teachers drawn from different schools in our operational area. They have been attending 2 hour sessions once a week starting at 2.00 p.m. Also since the opening of the LRC, we have provided a slightly different model of instruction to the wider community. Since November, over 200 students from three different schools have visited the center for a daylong tour where they get some basic training on computers. As you can imagine, they are not the same children at the end of that day having for the first time put their hands on a key board and been taught the power of the digital world.
The classes are now graduating and we are about to enroll another set of students and teachers. We as teachers have learned much in the first round of classes. As the instruction evolves one thing we do know with great certainty is that after these classes, the students have a different expectation for their future. Even if it happens slowly, we know we will train all our enrolled schools for we believe that education is power and the community of Wamunyu deserves this opportunity. Indeed to echo the words of Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Special thanks to all our donors for making this great transformation happen!
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