MY EXPERIENCE AS COMPUTER TEACHER AT ST TERESA’S SECONDARY SCHOOL. MR.LUCAS
Having got trained computer at TYSA am now able to teach in a secondary school as a teacher of computer at St Teresa’s Secondary school, Sinyereri.The knowledge and the skills that I got from TYSA I am now helping other people in school where I schooled for four years in high school.It is a great opportunity since am now giving back to my school.It was like a surprise when I was told if I can able to teach computer lesson in the school.I didn’t believe it myself but later I noticed that I have the capacity and knowledge to do it.I didn’t hesitate to say “YES” because it was my chance to show that I can make it.
I started teaching all students in school computer lessons last year November 2013.It was a challenge to me since the school had only 5 deskstop computers which is shared with 250 students with a small room.I had to plan myself properly on how I can make sure all students atleast get to access computer and learn something.I formed different groups per classes so that they come in different shift according to the timetable.The system worked well but later it failed to due the collaspe of the computers.I had to reduce classes for teaching them computer.I started teaching from form one to form two.The classes are now going on well but still the major challenge is insuffiecient computers.
The students are much willing to learn computer lesson and have the basic knowledge of computer.However they don’t access computer all as they should be.Five computers are very fewer to serve a class of 40 students.As a teacher I try as much as I can to make atleast everybody for a week is able to operate a computer.Also the computer are not in such good condition too.Their is more in the school to provide enough computers for the betterment of computer lessons to be more successful in school. In general, as a teacher am more challenged to be a teacher in such a school.
The school needs a lot support to meet their curriculm needs.Therefore am ready to give my support to the school and hope that they get more computers to make learning good.Having taught for only 4 months in school I can say it has really motivated me to support the program of computers in the school.
Happy new year!!!
You have been a blessing to TYSA over the year! Your continued support has ensured that we grow to reach out to the vulnerable children and youth. You have also supported our Organizational Development and strengthned our management system. On 28th December 2013, TYSA elected a new board for the next 3 years. This is a big milestone to the development and ownership of TYSA.
TYSA has grow from a Community Based OrganizationIam status to Non Governmental Organziation thus increasing its operation mandate. Our outreach now covers over 5 counties.
The new TYSA board is a demonstration of our desire to continually embrace democratic princples and diversity. We believe in making TYSA a truly grassroot organziation that is owned by the community where we work.
We take this opportunity to thank you once agian for your continued support to strentgthen TYSA management. We have scheduled a Strategy Orientation workshop for TYSA board members on 24th to 26th January.
Join us as we lookfoward into a strengthned TYSA board!
Participatory Video Monitoring and Evaluation is a new approach that TYSA was trained in. For a full week, the TYSA staffs were trained in using video to capture the success stiries in the community where it works. The staffs have had in computer through the Computer project that you have been supporting. 'This is vaery unique an dcaptivating approach. Its fun too.Its is easy to learn and to use. Iam very excited about this new way.' Wilkister.
With the support from Netherland Sports Alliance, TYSA is now able to using the video technology to monitor and evaluate its project. We wnat to thank you our sposnor for helping us acquire computer skills which we are able to edit and the work!.
As the schools close this August, we shall continue to offe rmore trainings to teh children and volunteers. Your continued support is very important. We value you !
Keeping contacts a Live
Last year 2012 in October, at the first ever East Africa Streetworldworld forum in Kigali Rwanda, Gichuki and Ojilo from TYSA meet Sara and Katy from Soccer Without Border (SWB) Uganda. These interactions created opportunity for greater understand about what organizations are doing in the region. As a follow up to this spirit, Gichuki from Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November 2012 visited SWB and Whizzkids for an exchange learning. Early this year in January, 10 young leaders form TYSA were hosted by SWB during its annual festival in Kampala.
Katy and Sara who are volunteers at SWB Uganda on 25th to 28th March 2013 visited by TYSA for an exchange learning. After two days at TYSA, they had this Lasting Impressions:
We are very impressed with TYSA approach to its beneficiaries and partners especially the schools. We participated in one of the secondary schools parents and students meeting. It’s here that TYSA shares its experiences with the parents
We have learnt how TYSA trains young leaders in different skills in order to take lead in the implementation of the activities. This is particularly important as it ensures sustainability of the organization and programs.
We are impressed by the fact that distance is not a barrier to TYSA outreach activities. We covered over 100 kilometers in a day
TYSA has built a strong trust with schools. We received warm welcome from the teachers and students. I could not believe that students follow instructions on the spot without delays and they enjoy every moment of the activity
It’s amazing how TYSA uses simple innovative storytelling to evaluate it impact in the community and its beneficiaries
We have crossed the border and heading to Mbale. Thanks you for everything. Your work is truly inspiring. Talk soon. Sara and Katy
For the two days Katy and Sara were with us, they had an opportunity to visit our beneficiaries and interact with them. These interactions rekindled memories of the past , opened new opportunities and lessons learnt;
Small but Big
When I was in nursery school, I learnt a game which I still played while in the university. I was impressed to find that TYSA is using the same game with children in the remote rural schools. Katy. This game is called on the river on the shore. This game improves the children’s listening, thinking and jumping skills. This game was used during the several activities contacted in schools that were visited.
A sloppy pitch
The St. Teresa’s form two students raised so many challenges affecting theme during the parents meeting. Katy and Sara listened attentively and through translations from Kiswahili to English, they understood the challenges facing the students. When the school management gave them opportunity to address the parents and students, Katy came in handy and shared this analogy. As footballer, you find a sloppy pitch and you have to play for 90 minutes on it. What would you do! Would you start leveling the pitch! Would you quit! The wayfoward is to adjust yourself to the pitch and achieve your goal. You must know how to balance in this pitch and what gears to put on. This confirmed what TYSA motto is: play, Learn and Act.
Control Ball ; Control Life
While in Uganda last November, Gichuki advised the children at SWB that if they can control a ball, they can control their lives. This was echoed by Sara and Katy to the students of St. Teresa’s Secondary school Tartar in West Pokot. It’s amazing how the girls are ambitious in life. They are talented in football. They are the Kenya champions 2012! TYSA has strong conviction and program on how to translate the skills and values gained in the pitch to normal ordinary lives of the beneficiaries.
Let Me Play
Learning almost came to a standstill in all the schools that we had games. Children came running to the field of play. Their eyes bright radiating enthusiasm and hope. Every play moment was highly participative. When the bell rung for them to go back to class, they were very sad and urged us to continue at for some extra minutes. Even the children from other classes were eager to join the games.
Warm greetings from TYSA.We hope this email finds you well and in good health.
An organization that started 10 years ago as Self Help Group then to a Community Based Organization has now been transformed into an NGO. TYSA is currently undergoing a significant moment in its history. We are developing our next 5 year strategic plan. We are preparing to remain relevant as we reach out to larger and diverse audience.
You have travelled with us in this journey over the years. You know us and you have interacted with us in one way or the either. You have meet our staff, you donated to to our projects and or participated in our programs and we believe you understand us
We are now inviting you to join us in making our next 5 year strategic plan truly strategic and inspirational one. A strategic plan that will propel TYSA into the next level and still remain relevant to its Vision and Mission. Your broad, strategic experience will enrich this strategic plan by your new perspective.
Please feel free to tear this Strategic Plan into pieces and it will be our responsibility to put them together again and come out with an enriched plan that will serve the organization and its beneficiaries. Your critical analysis is highly welcome.
We want to thank you in advance for taking time to input into this strategic plan that will transform TYSA into a more relevant organization in the 21st century.
It’s our desire to receive your feedback by Tuesday 12th of February 2013 so that we incorporate it in the final draft which we shall share with you.
Looking forward to your unwavering support
TYSA Executive Director
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