Education  Kenya Project #13015

Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!

by Kenya Connect (KC)
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Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Empower, Engage, Educate in Rural Kenya!
Scientist in training!
Scientist in training!

"I am happy when I see students doing new things and loving it. One of the teachers at Kituiu Primary School asked what I am teaching students because they are very excited anytime I arrive at the school for the LUV class." Patrick Munguti, Director of Technology and Education Programs.

Since September Kenya Connect has expanded our technology classes with the expansion of LevelUp Village  (LUV) classes.  Focused on science,158 students at three of our partner schools in grades 5-8 are taking the following classes: Global Inventors, Global Water Crisis and Global Scientist.  

Combining hands-on learning with digital course content, students in the Global Scientist Class are learning about building aquifers and how human activity can pollute the water in the aquifers. Experiments using filtration and distallation give students a clearer understanding of the challenges of clean water. Using the scientific method, students in the class will work with their peers in the U.S. to design a project.

Students in the Global Water Class are also learning about the challenges of clean water and issues surrounding drought.  The students in Wamunyu know first hand about the crisis that they and their families face when the rains don't come.  As a result of Climate Change, the rains have shifted and are not coming as frequently.   This class helps the students learn about solutions.  Using Tinkercad, an online design program and following engineering design cycle, the students are creating a design to solve water problems and print it using 3D printer. 

Global Inventor, has been a favorite class of Wamunyu students.  It solves the problem of the lack of light at their homesteads through creating a solar light using Tinkercad and our 3D printer.  Students in the US, who partner with our Kenyan students, learn about the challenges of the lack of energy infrastructure and work alongside with their peers to develop a solution.  

Thanks to donors like you, we are able to expand our students' horizons and knowledge through these dynamic, fun and interactive classes.  Your support provides the technology infrastructure, internet and staffing to ensure success for our students.

Teacher Kivuitu, Kambiti Primary School remarked, “Students are so excited to learn in the LUV classes. The technology accompanying the classes makes them more authentic and exciting to the students.”

These classes are one of our strategies to empower and engage our students and teachers with 21st century skills and learning.  Thank you for supporting the work of Kenya Connect and opening our students' minds through these invigorating and exciting classes!  If you're not doing so already, follow Kenya Connect on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a daily update of our work!

Asante Sana!

Global Scientist Class
Global Scientist Class
Digital Learning
Digital Learning
Patrick Munguti Guides Students
Patrick Munguti Guides Students
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New Chromebooks!  New Class: Global Water Crisis!
New Chromebooks! New Class: Global Water Crisis!

There's excitement brewing in Wamunyu!  It's the third and final term of the Kenyan School Year and students in Wamunyu are eagerly engaging in our expanded programs!

Partner Level Up Village (LUV) has introduced new STEM classes for upper primary students.  Thanks to a LUV grant, Kenya Connect has purchased 20 new chromebooks to help us deliver interactive classes including Global Water CrisisGlobal Inventors, Global Scientists and Global Doctors DNA.  Through this program, Director of Technology Patrick Munguti, will be guiding Wamunyu students in partnership with children in the U.S. on learning about these important topics.  This week students at Maakula Primary School were the first students to pilot using the chromebooks and the new class, Global Water Crisis.  Included in this class is guest discussions with water engineers from Kenya and the U.S. The goal is to provide practical information on the challenge of clean water while providing students the opportunity to develop innovations!  In the upcoming weeks we will be introducing Global Acoustic Musician with 40 classes of grade 1 and 2 students.  Not only are these classes fun, they incorporate the tenets of the Kenyan Curriculum including critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and digital literacy.

Our new Reading Rovermobile delivered books to Sofia Primary School.  Teachers Catherine and Karen were excited to check out books to use in their classrooms and the children were thrilled to select new books.  Sofia is part of our Reading Challenge Program with the students reading 25 books in three months.  All students who complete the program will receive a special Reading Challenge String Bag with school supplies.  We continue to enroll new schools in our library program and just this week we received a shipment of 100 new books for our library!

We continue to be focused on the challenges girls face in school.  As the term commenced, more of our locally made Wings Poa Reusuable Sanitary Pad Kits were distributed at Maanzoni Primary School.  Having this product means girls don't need to miss school during their monthly menstrual cycle.

All of these initiatives would not be possible without GlobalGiving donors like you!  Your support is essential and ensures that we can continue and expand our robust programming to empower and engage students and teachers to be successful in the 21st century.  Thank you for being a donor and a friend.  If you love hearing about our work, please consider following us on facebook, twitter and instagram to see daily updates.

Since we know we are all still learning, we wish you joy and learning and happy reading!

Cheers!

Joyful Learning Through LUV classes!
Joyful Learning Through LUV classes!
KC's Reading Rover Bring Books to Sofia!
KC's Reading Rover Bring Books to Sofia!
BOOKS!
BOOKS!
Teacher Catherine Loves the Books!
Teacher Catherine Loves the Books!
Keeping Girls in School Through Wings Poa!
Keeping Girls in School Through Wings Poa!
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June Deworming
June Deworming

The number of students with worm related physical signs has greatly reduced due to the medications" Mr. Kyuu, Kyeengai PS

Deworming is one of the most effective and cost-efficient strategies to help kids stay healthy and in school.  As a result of dirty water, unclean sanitation and the lack of soap, many children become infected with parasitic worms.  Deworming allows children to better absorb nutrients, combating malnutrition and ensuring their immune system is not compromised.  The deworming takes place quarterly during the school year, and just last week our staff, in conjunction with the public health officer, dewormed 6,193 students and 393 teachers at 30 of our partner schools. Wow!

During deworming exercises at the schools, the Public Health Officer also talks about the importance of hand washing and teaches students when to wash hands and how to do it.  Kenya Connect has installed hand washing stations at all of our 55 partner schools, and at 23 of our schools, students in the health clubs are making liquid soap.  This soap making is self-sustaining since student health clubs sells this liquid soap to families to use at their homesteads.  We have found that when students wash their hands at school and at home they stay healthier.

Our first-ever health project was the installation of water tanks so that students could have clean water at school.  These water tanks fill up during the rains and can last 3-6 months.   Recently students at Glenbard HS raised funds for a new tank as well as the parish of Christ Church Glendale.  Clean water is a true gift.

Keeping "Poop in the Loop" is our most recent initiative to keep kids healthy and to provide clean sanitation.  Thanks to Kenya Connect's partner, GiveLove, we are piloting composting toilets at five schools as well as for families at their homesteads.  This elegant and low-tech solution is clean, does not smell or have flies and is easy to manage.  Teachers, students and families are applauding the toilets and are looking forward to using the rich compost on their farms.  The compost takes 9-12 months to mature and our compost managers are regularly monitoring the compost digesters to ensure success.

None of these health initiatives would be possible without donors like you!  Your support provides the infrastructure and support for our team to create, manage and expand these important programs.  Thank you for contributing to Kenya Connect.  We couldn't do it without you!

Compost Toilet at Ngangani
Compost Toilet at Ngangani
Compost Toilet Training
Compost Toilet Training
Healthy Hand Washing
Healthy Hand Washing
Making Soap!
Making Soap!
Water Tank
Water Tank
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Our Latest Vehicle!
Our Latest Vehicle!
Kenya Connect's Library Card and School Library Days are expanding with the acquisition of a new four-wheel drive truck!  Having two vehicles means that we can reach even more schools and double our impact!  Students and teachers are embracing reading and clamoring to join our program.  Along with bringing the library program to schools, our literacy program includes fun book days a Parents' Literacy Council and our latest initiative.... the Reading Challenge!
Kenya Connect's first reading challenge has launched! This program is being pilotied with students from Sofia, Mbaikini, Maanzoni and Nunga Primary Schools and encourages students to read 25 books in a three month period. Thanks to a dynamic group of Garrison Forest students , fun Space Challenge Guides were created that include crossword puzzles, mazes, logic problems and space facts. In addition to these engaging space activities, students will be listing the books they read in the guide.
Robyn Vierra, leader of the Punahou School teachers who were volunteering in Kenya, began the "lift off" by reading, " There's No Place Like Space" a Cat in the Hat book. This talented group of visiting teachers designed a series of activities to celebrate the launch of the program at a special Fun Book Enrichment Day which included a Moon Walk to build sentences, Planet Bingo, Alien Comic Dialog, Origami Bookmarks and Rocket Word Builders.
The children were thrilled to receive these colorful guides filled with games and puzzles and the teachers welcomed this new program. Teacher Catherine at Sofia Primary School said, "Our children seem so excited by this program and I know it will help encourage more reading." Every Friday afternoon, students at Sofia put away their textbooks and read since the Head Teacher believes this is critical to the students' success.
This new reading challenge program is part of our strategy to become #TheVillageThatReads.  Donations from friends like you help support this program by providing support to our librarian and her assistants, provide fuel for our library vehicles, and help us purchase more books for our library, especially those purchased in Kenya.
Thank you for bring the joy, wonder and knowledge of books to our students in Wamunyu.  New worlds and ideas are being opened to them as a result of donors like you!
Librarian Primma and Esther Are Excited!
Librarian Primma and Esther Are Excited!
The Joy of Sharing a Book
The Joy of Sharing a Book
Receiving the Reading Challenge Guide
Receiving the Reading Challenge Guide
We're Ready for the Challenge!
We're Ready for the Challenge!
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PLC Workshop
PLC Workshop

It's an exciting time for education in Kenya.  The Ministry of Education recently adopted a Comptency Based Curriculum (CBC) to be implemented in all schools over the next decade.  The framework has at its core the following tenets to be incorporated by teachers:  critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and imagination, digital literacy, learning to learn, communication and collaboration, citizenship, and self-eficacy.  This is a major shift in how students have been instructed and have learned in the past and teachers have been reticent and unprepared to incorporate these modes of teaching into their classroom.

Fortunately over the last five years, Kenya Connect has been the leader in providing teacher professional development programs incorporating many of these ideas into teacher workshops.  Active learning and engaging students in meaningful ways is at the heart of our work.  Encouraging teachers to use drama, hands-on learning, movement, and open-ended questions in lessons is critical.  Instead of looking for "right" answers, teachers are learning ways to encourage critical thinking among their pupils and designing lessons that are centered around collaboration.  Last year we formed our first Professional Learning Community (PLC) with 18 teachers meeting on a regular basis to design lessons using best practices and incorporating components of the CBC.  These teachers continue to connect through "WhatsApp" sharing lessons they have conducted in the classroom and they are now mentoring a new group of PLC teachers.

The Kenya Connect staff has been instrumental in helping students and teachers at our 55 partner schools become Digital Literate since the opening of our Learning Resource Center in 2012.  Students and teachers are learning basic computer as well as upper level STEAM classes through our partner Level-Up Village (LUV).   The LUV classes like Global Inventors and Global Doctors not only expose the students to technology in a hands-on and fun way, they incorporate collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and learning to learn.  Teachers have commented that after students have taken Level Up Village classes that they are more engaged and willing to answer questions in their home classroom.  In March this year, we hosted a group of teachers from British Columbia, Canada, who met with secondary school teachers to help them incorporate digital literacy into their classrooms using the content-rich Rachel Plus device.  Not only did this team help the teachers understand technology, they incorporated best practices of teaching into the classrooms.

Many visiting teams of talented teachers and professionals have also modeled interactive and hands-on lessons and brought school supplies, manipulatives, and educatonal materials to help foster more engaged teaching and learning.  This, coupled with our Library Card and School Library Day program, is strengthening education with 21st century teaching and learning.

Your support as a donor to Kenya Connect provides the needed financial support to allow these programs to thrive.  When you look back on your own education we are sure there was a teacher or many teachers who engaged you in a way that sparked your own learning and brought the subject matter alive.  Thanks for helping us to provide new tools to our dedicated teachers in Wamunyu and to spark our students' learning.

21st Century Learning!
21st Century Learning!
Teaching Digital Literacy
Teaching Digital Literacy
Global Doctors: DNA Level UP Village Class
Global Doctors: DNA Level UP Village Class
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