Oct 1, 2013

105 students graduate!

The Joy of graduation!
The Joy of graduation!

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.

Graduating teachers.
Graduating teachers.
A T-shirt award for the outstanding teachers!
A T-shirt award for the outstanding teachers!
Well done! A student recieves a certificate
Well done! A student recieves a certificate
Students from Kyeengai PS trying the keyboard
Students from Kyeengai PS trying the keyboard
Ms Farley with students & teachers outside the LRC
Ms Farley with students & teachers outside the LRC

Links:

Jul 8, 2013

70 Students Graduate and Counting!

Learning new technology is pure joy for our kids!
Learning new technology is pure joy for our kids!

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!

 

The class of teachers in session
The class of teachers in session
Theresa Vorce helps in  cataloguing the books
Theresa Vorce helps in cataloguing the books
Laura groo leads a workshop on arts intergration
Laura groo leads a workshop on arts intergration
Arts intergration workshop in session
Arts intergration workshop in session
Laura Groo helps Kambiti students with keyboarding
Laura Groo helps Kambiti students with keyboarding
Apr 9, 2013

Computer Literacy Training Update

Students from Kyamatula PS reviewing a document!
Students from Kyamatula PS reviewing a document!

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!

Students from Kivauni PS keen working with mouse.
Students from Kivauni PS keen working with mouse.
A student from Wamunyu ABC; the pioneer class.
A student from Wamunyu ABC; the pioneer class.
Part of the adult class trying on the keyboard
Part of the adult class trying on the keyboard
A group of the teachers' class.
A group of the teachers' class.
A daylong visit by students of Kyamatula PS at LRC
A daylong visit by students of Kyamatula PS at LRC
 
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.