Alexis guides a student in The Giver class
We are excited to report that we have introduced more STEAM lessons from Level Up Village (LUV) to include Global Conversations courses on various books between students in Kenya and abroad. In this past month of May, a group of 21 students from three local secondary schools; Mbaikini, Nyaani and Mwaasua secondary schools have been reading and exchanging reflective ideas on "The Giver” a book authored by Lois Lowry with their counterparts in Eastern Middle school in Connecticut, USA. Through the LUV platform, the students were able to exchange four video letters related to the book. The course culminated with a Skyped call where students from both schools asked and answered questions from each other. The excitement of the students from both sides was beyond measure when the skype call connected and they were finally able to see each other! The virtual connection brought a more personal connection among the students than ever before!
“Although I kept watching the videos that my partner Prathit shared with me through the LUV website, the skype call was the highlight of my experience of The Giver course. I never imagined in my life that it could be possible to talk to someone through the computer one on one!”
Evans – Mwaasua Secondary school
“It was wonderful seeing my students transform from shy and soft-spoken in front of the camera to confident, self-possessed speakers. I was thrilled with the international exposure incorporated into the class, as well. It was so cool they were able to form relationships with students two continents and an ocean away!”
Alexis – Kenya Connect Teacher (Fulbright Funded)
Our partnership with Level Up Village continue to open doors for more students to engage in STEAM. During this summer a group of students from New Canaan County School in the USA are currently exchanging ideas about creating their own video games through video letters with students from Wamunyu Junior Academy. The students are learning to develop the video games using the Scratch Program. Through this program, the students are being introduced to creative thinking while horning their analytical and innovation skills.
When I played video games on my father’s mobile phone, I never thought I could make my own game one-day! I am so excited to learn how to create a video game of my own!
Rahma - Student Wamunyu Junior Academy
At the same time, a group of 72 new students from Kituiu and Mbaikini primary schools have started learning basic computer literacy classes at the LRC.
It is as a result of all these innovative learning experiences happening at the LRC that this center has become a resource of admiration by leaders from other rural areas of the country. A few weeks ago, we hosted a team of leaders from Kuria West led by Ambassador Wambura, the Principal Secretary in the Office of the Deputy President who visited Wamunyu to learn about the programs being implemented at the LRC with a view to begin a similar center in their rural village. At the same time, Karibu Center in Thika has expressed admiration of the programs offered at the LRC.
We remain forever grateful to all donors who have been supportive of these innovations that keep fuelling the next generation with the best skills and practices necessary to be successful in the 21st century.
Students engaged in a skyped call discusion
Irene working with students on computer skills
Teachers share with visitors about lrc resources
Ambassador Wambura at the LRC
Luke from Karibu Center with students at the lrc