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Mar 11, 2020

Teacher Engagement Report and Plans for 2020

Teacher Working with Class on Reading
Teacher Working with Class on Reading

Dear friends and partners,

It’s my pleasure to report on the progress we made in pursuing our goals for 2019.

In April 2019, during staff training and coaching sessions, a way forward on improving teacher performance and improve students’ involvement in education was reached. A fourth goal was incorporated during our teacher in-house training in November and December 2019.

Teachers agreed that the following goals should be pursued: -

  1. Student mentorship to motivate students and support them during their time at school
  2. Improve the level of Parental Involvement in their children’s learning
  3. Improving students’ fluency in reading and comprehension
  4. Improve teacher capacity to improve curriculum delivery and raise achievement of students and close achievement gaps for students not meeting expectations.

The decision to have these priority goals was necessitated from attendance analysis, student achievement and parental involvement data throughout the year. This Attendance Data taken from all classes revealed that average school-wide attendance at Acres of Mercy Learning Centre was 79%, down from 85% from the previous year (2018). The team agreed on a goal to improve attendance for the following term. To enable attendance and improve learning outcomes, two other areas were identified as critical. These other goals are aimed at supporting students both at school and at home.

 

During the year we had staff training that covered the following topics: -

  1. Conflict management to equip teachers in de-escalation strategies
  2. Achieving Congruency in Pursuing the School Vision
  3. Personal Development Goals
  4. Student Engagement

We made a decision to have a full-time teacher mentor whose main job description is to support students in and out of class. The teacher also doubled as a social worker making home visits, mentoring the students to set achievement goals and stay on task with meeting their set goals.

A total of 11 teachers and a volunteer attended.

Our staff turnover rate measured for the same period last year increased from 23% in 2018/2019 to 34% in 2019/2020. The organization has a target to change 30-45% of staff who are not contributing to the goals of the school without too much disruption.

We still have plans to have a Day Care Centre that will allow for lactating female staff to resume teaching at the school after their maternity leave. The planning is underway and once completed will be posted as a project on GlobalGiving upon approval by the Board.

A better remuneration plan was developed and approved by the board. The bulk of the work now remains in raising revenues to meet these changes.

By the end of 2019 year, we still haven’t found an answer to the question on how to sustainably finance our teaching costs. This is the main question we are now grappling with, and invite you our partners to share from your experience how we can implement such a strategy. The organization is in negotiation with local farmers to engage in joint agribusiness to supply the school feeding program whilst also funding core costs.

I trust that with our continued partnership we will be able to keep our current crop of teachers. in the coming months we will need help in meeting our increased direct teaching costs in salaries, which has gone up and $400 in monthly recurrent giving would cover the shortfall.

Thank you for supporting the teaching and learning at Acres of Mercy by giving to the most important people in learning- our teachers.

Dec 16, 2019

End of Year Report 2019

Dear friends,

As we draw nearer the end of the year, we begin to take stock of the past nine months and what we have achieved together. And it's been no doubt a great year and also a tough one! For the teachers and the students.

Let's go over the achievements and challenges of the year:-

1. The teachers saw the transition of 19 students, 6 girls and 13 boys.

2. We had an average school teacher to student ratio of 1:14

3. The teachers had a good annual attendance record of 93%

4. Teachers were able to achieve a content coverage of an average 82.7% school wide. Grades 4-8 achieved 100% completion on critical content areas  (examinable).

5. During the year we hard a turnover staff ratio of 28.57% (a total of 4 staff left during the year).

6. Teachers completed 3 in house training sessions and 3 teachers completed Competency Based Curriculum training organized by the Ministry of Education and the Kenya Private Schools Association.

7. In November teachers planned around 4 priority areas for the year 2020 around Curriculum Delivery, Parent Engagement, Student Engagement and School Safety & Environment.

8. Throughout the year, teachers had access to support in curriculum delivery and planning with the help of a full time Education Support Officer.

9. We capped the year this December by having a staff lunch out together.

As we head into Christmas, I'd like to thank you once again and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2020!

We celebrate you! 

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Dec 16, 2019

December 2019 Building Project Updates

Dear partners, friends,

 First is to thank you for your continued support to the work. We have made tremendous progress as far as putting in place school infrastructure to support the education of children here in Nguluni.

As at the end of October we were working with 140 children up from 118 at the same time last year. The buildings at the school has increased the community's confidence in the interventions we are giving in the area of literacy, character and skill development.

The teachers motivation has also grown with aone commenting, "Now we can move from the "slum" classrooms, to better classes next year." She was referring to the tin classrooms that had been for such a long time their teaching space and the children's learning environment.

In November, we brought down the tin classes and in their place we started a library and administration block.

For the classrooms, we have been able to do the following since the last report in September:-

1. We have put in the partitions and now have three classes and a hall.

2. The walls have been painted, both interior and exterior.

We still haven't put in the tiles and window panes and plan to complete these in the next three weeks before school resumes in January 2020.

See the pictures for the progress made so far.

We also plan to complete the library before April 2020 and would encourage increased recurrent giving for us to get disbursement more frequently.

Once again, thank you for your continued support in enabling  Acres of Mercy Learning Centre fulfill the vision of nurturing the potential of every learner.

It will be a deserved December break for all of us. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas!

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