Aug 8, 2017

Holding Pattern with Hope for Peaceful Election Results

Today, as votes are being counted and confirmed in the national election, our thoughts are with all Kenyans. We hope for peace in the coming days, while results are tallied and announced.

With the lead-up to this election and during the coming period of transition –either from one leadership to another or one governing term to the next– we are keeping the Transformative Citizenship Program in a holding pattern.

Once things have settled into the new administrative term, we will plan our return to Kenya to finalize which directorate Transformative Citizenship will be planted in at the Ministry of Education. We will then collaborate in establishing formal ministry monitoring and evaluation of the program’s standardization within Kenya’s secondary school curriculum.

We would welcome a one-time sponsorship for this next phase. We plan for it to be the second last phase in Kenya. As circumstances have limited current resources, a one-time sponsorship would ease the way for us to re-join our Kenyan Transformative Citizenship leaders: George, Kevin, Abayo, Harriet, Elizabeth, Zedekiah and others to take this next, near-final step forward for Joyland, Mbeka Girls', Nyang'oma Boys' Schools and Kenya's National Education Sector Plan.

Asante sana – we thank you and are grateful for your continued interest and engagement. For now, we remain focused on our concern and hope for Kenya and will update you as soon as the next term of governing has gained its momentum.

Talk soon. Take care.

Safiri salama,

Q

May 12, 2017

Module: You MUST have a plan, plan will NEVER work

Kenyan Flowers Bloom as TCP Blooms in Kenya
Kenyan Flowers Bloom as TCP Blooms in Kenya

Over the next month, we will have a distance training session for our Kenyan teachers in the Critical Thinking module of Transformative Citizenship's curriculum. This coincides with the Kenyan teachers beginning term II of this school year with our student group of 200 - now in Form II (10th grade).

The Critical Thinking module concerns itself primarily with the requirements of sound and sustainable project planning. Honing these skill sets is what will ensure that these young citizens and any citizen can implement a project that has real and measurable social impact.

You MUST have a plan & the plan will NEVER work is the beginning premise of this module.

It's essential to recognize in project planning , as in life, that a thoughtful, well-informed plan is required as a base and a guiding reference. It is also essential to recognize that, as one proceeds, there will be inevitable adjustments required as unforeseeable circumstances arise and as conditions change. These changes will include challenges, but also wonderful surprise gifts and advancements. Improvisation emerges as the skill that becomes the deciding factor between success and failure, achievement and stagnaation, victory and defeat.

The particularly vulnerable environment in which our Kenyan teachers are leading Transformative Citizenship has been enlightening and inspiring in showing a wealth in all the people participating of this skill of improvising - of the creativity, flexibility and resourcefulness inherent in the skill and art of improvisation.

We are aiming for a return to Kenya in July to plant the program in its directorate at the Ministry of Education. We are keen to sit with Dr. Leah and Dr. Belio again and see the distance Transformative Citizenship has traveled thus far.

We are also seeking a one-time sponsorship for this trip, as circumstances have limited current resources. Then we will re-join George, Kevin, Abayo, Harriet, Elizabeth, Zedekiah and all the others to take this next, large step forward together for Joyland, Mbeka Girls', Nyang'oma Boys' Schools and Kenya's National Education Sector Plan.

We are so grateful for your continued support and engagement. Talk soon. Take care. Safiri salama.

Unwavering Focus on Transformative Citizenship
Unwavering Focus on Transformative Citizenship

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Feb 13, 2017

Brick By Brick - Character Development

On the Way to Class
On the Way to Class

In the midst of Phase Two - Training Kenyan Educators in Transformative Citizenship

Now that the foundation of the Communication module has been laid with our 200 Form I students, we have had a teacher training session for the brick-building of Character - module number two.

Our George has named this group of educators "the TCP Pioneers". It seems like that name will stick.

Our students are now in Form II-- the Kenyan school year goes from January-December.

Following a review of the Communication module, they will begin to work with our Pioneer teachers on discovering their strengths and learning how to better live their own personal values. They will practice working together, thereby becoming able to strengthen communities where everyone is supported in living peaceful values and working successfully on any social and economic enterprise according to their strengths.

From there, we will slide into module three - Critical Thinking, where we begin to learn the skills required for the planning and implementing of any project or enterprise. Then, the students will design and develop concrete social/ economic projects and will proceed to implement them.

We welcome Zedekiah to our group of future leaders of this program.

This summer, we will continue to move ahead with the Ministry of Education in absorbing Transformative Citizenship and its curriculum into the national secondary school curriculum of Kenya.  

We continue to be grateful to you for your interest and support.

On the Way to Class, too - our Kenyan Leaders
On the Way to Class, too - our Kenyan Leaders

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