When the Kenya Connect team visited their partner schools, they were shocked to see that new computer tablets from the Kenyan government weren’t being used. They turned to the teachers in the community to find out why.
The Kenya Connect team brought together the head teachers of their partner schools to get to the bottom of why new computers weren’t being used. “Most indicated that they have not been used due to the lack of training and understanding on how to use them,” explained the Kenya Connect team.
After listening to community feedback Kenya Connect took action. “As a result of this information, our technology specialist worked with the Ministry of Education and one of the trainers for the tablets and developed a tablet training session at the Kenya Connect Learning Resource Center.”
The trainings were a success. “A total of 222 teachers from 48 schools were trained. We have been following the usage of the tablets in schools, especially the usage of a-ACADEMY digital content, which is in line with the curriculum. Many teachers have embraced the use of technology in their teaching. They are now comfortable to use the devices. We realized the how powerful it is to empower teachers with new skills as they take it far beyond our expectations.”
The power of community feedback to make positive change is clear to the Kenya Connect team. They won’t stop listening in order to achieve their mission. The team shared this with GlobalGiving:
“We constantly garner feedback from our teachers to make sure we are meeting the needs of the community and achieving success.”
Michael Rothwell, who visited Kenya Connect as a member of GlobalGiving’s Field Program, observed this about the team, “They actively involve the community in their projects regularly meeting with head teachers of their partner schools and insist on their programs being community-led.”
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Featured Photo: What's Under the Tree in Wamunyu 2015? by Kenya Connect (KC)