Education  Kenya Project #35271

A bright financial future for 4,000 Kenyan pupils

by Centre for Enterprise Development and Innovation
A bright financial future for 4,000 Kenyan pupils
A bright financial future for 4,000 Kenyan pupils
A bright financial future for 4,000 Kenyan pupils
A bright financial future for 4,000 Kenyan pupils
A bright financial future for 4,000 Kenyan pupils
A bright financial future for 4,000 Kenyan pupils
Teachers share a light moment during the feedback
Teachers share a light moment during the feedback

The year 2022 began with self-reflection on the progress and status of the Smart Somo project. We undertook an internal review on implementation, identifying gaps and opportunities for the project. We held a consultative planning meeting with project stakeholders, particularly the teachers and parents, and shared our workplan and progress for Smart Somo. A schedule of activities was developed, which primarily entailed completing the piloting phase and monitoring.

The quarter has seen us develop learning content in various digital formats, including notes, lessons and assessments for learners. The curriculum demands and limited time available remains a challenge to quality development of lessons. However, parents and students have continued to show great enthusiasm for the project, and challenged the project team to develop complete lessons for My Money and STEM Subjects.

We continue to monitor and evaluate the progress of the project in the remaining period. The learning and practices gathered from this test phase will inform the nationwide scale out and replication. Our dream is to have at least 20,000 children at primary and secondary level access affordable, high quality and curriculum aligned content nationwide.

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The Advent of Covid19 on school learning, coupled with targeted stakeholders’ discussion informed the adaptation of My Money Project into hybrid learning. The innovative learning, now called Smart Somo, is A Hybrid E-learning Platform Enhancing Access to Affordable Basic Quality Education in Kenya.The platform seeks to deliver affordable, relevant and curriculum-aligned resources to 450 children (300girls,150boys) from low income families and underserved communities.

 

The program has made considerable progress within the quarter. Firstly, development of the Smart Somo platform was a success, after 4 months of development and testing. This was followed by the capacity building and skilling drawn from 20 teachers from the 2 primary and 2 secondary schools in Kisumu and Migori counties. The one-week training of the teachers happened between Oct 3rd and 11, 2021, during the midterm school holidays. Some of the content of the training included digital skills (internet, content creation, apps etc.), and using Smart Somo platform. The Selection of the program teachers that happened prior to the training session emphasized on the STEM Subjects. The teachers selected were drawn from those teaching sciences, technology and mathematics subjects. Also included were the teachers handling My Money Curriculum in the respective schools. This was followed by the equipping of the schools with recording equipment.

 

Still Ahead in the remaining quarter, we are working with the teachers to ensure continuous development of the learning resources for the platform. Every teacher was assigned a subject, with an agreed monthly schedule for recording lessons. Secondly, the CEDI Team continue to provide ongoing technical support on the use of the platform and how to best record quality videos.

 

Monitoring of the project shall continue for the next 6 months. The learning and practices gathered from this test phase will inform the nationwide scale out and replication. Our dream is to have at least 20,000 children at primary and secondary level access affordable, high quality and curriculum aligned content nationwide.

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Formative Evaluation Launch
Formative Evaluation Launch

CEDI continues to deliver on its promise of teaching Financial Capability Skills to over 4,000 children in Kenya.On 26th Mar 2021, the Kenyan Government issued a fresh directive to close all learning institutions indefinitely, alongside a raft of other measures to contain the third wave of covid19. Classroom learning, which only resumed in January 2021 after schools were closed for most of 2020, remain suspended again. A similar directive was issued a year ago, disrupting the learning of over 18Million learners countrywide. Most able institutions have had to embrace out of classroom learning through digital platforms, TVs and Radio. While such learning may take place in major urban areas and with well-off schools, for children in remote and resource-strained contexts, learning remains a challenge. This is due to poor network connectivity, internet costs, lack of access to smartphones and electricity.

My Money program therefore had to adapt and engage key stakeholders to ensure that children continue to access quality and basic learning at home. The teachers promoted the recorded lessons to children through links and WhatsApp of parents. Videos were downloaded and disseminated to children. Similarly, the learning materials issued to the schools were effectively used during the period to undertake lessons in community spaces within the community.

Picking up on the formative evaluation, the project launched the formative evaluation report in Kisumu and Migori on 12th and 13th of June 2021. The workshop for the Formative Evaluation Report Dissemination was attended by the 4Headteachers, Parents representatives, local clergies, representatives from children departments and ministry of education, at national and county level. Also in attendance were teachers, who have been spearheading the program in their respective schools.

The project’s main activity for this year was conducting a formative assessment to the project. The assessment aimed at understanding the lessons, impact and successes of the project since its inception in 2016. The project therefore had two consultative planning meetings with the 4 Headteachers and My Money coordinators within the first quarter of the year. A consultant to undertake the exercise has already been outsourced, and the exercise was planned for the week of Feb 22, 2021 till the 26th Feb 2021, in all the 4partner schools. The report was disseminated to the stakeholders present, to get their views and comments, before a report validation process.

From the workshop, the following were some of the notable feedback and comments:

  • 78% of the workshop participants expressed appreciation on the values and competencies that My Money toolkit propagated amongst children, and that it strikes a correlation with the recently introduced National CBC curriculum.
  • Some Participants called on CEDI to increase the scope of the project by increasing the number of participants.
  • Teachers requested Certification for training received from the project since 2016 as part of evidence for their professional and personal development.
  • Education officials in Kisumu suggested the My Money infusion into the national CBC Curriculum in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.

Moving forward, the meeting participants agreed on two weeks turn around period to study the report and share thoughts and comments on the same. The comments and feedback shall be incorporated into the final version of the report, which shall be validated by all stakeholders, at a date that shall be determined.

Formative Evaluation Launch
Formative Evaluation Launch
Formative Evaluation Launch
Formative Evaluation Launch
Formative Evaluation Launch
Formative Evaluation Launch
Formative Evaluation Launch
Formative Evaluation Launch
Formative Evaluation Launch
Formative Evaluation Launch
Formative Evaluation Launch
Formative Evaluation Launch

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CEDI continues to deliver on its promise of teaching Financial Capability Skills to over 4,000 children in Kenya.In Jan 4, 2021, all the Kenya schools resumed in person learning, barely 9 months after the closure of all learning institutions due to the covid19 pandemic. With much reprieve to students, parents still express concerns over children safety, raising school fees and supporting the psychological adjustments of children to the new normal.

The project’s main activity for this year is conducting a formative assessment to the project. The assessment aims at understanding the lessons, impact and successes of the project since its implementation in 2017. The project therefore had two consultative planning meetings with the 4 Headteachers and My Money coordinators within the first quarter of the year. A consultant to undertake the exercise has already been outsourced, and the exercise is planned on the week of Feb 22, 2021 till the 26th Feb 2021, in all the 4partner schools.

Meanwhile, My Money Club activities remain on course. Since reopening of schools in Jan 4, 2021, the club members in all the 4 partner schools have had at least 5 club sittings. Some of the key notable issues discussed in the club activities include;

  • My Money Club Annual Plan.
  • Increasing My Money Club Membership.
  • Reviving halted club initiative e.g. My Money garden, My Money Shops, the Arts/Craft shows.

The project continues to engage Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) to disseminate the necessary PPEs to children in the schools. The project has equally developed communication materials and posters to sustain the unending fight on covid19 for children at home and school.

Whereas Covid19 continues to impact individuals and organizations across the world, we still work closely with project stakeholders to navigate the challenges posed by the pandemic. We shall continue to monitor the development and trends of the virus, and keep up to date with WHO and Ministry of Health guidelines. We are well prepared to take necessary steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff, project beneficiaries, and their families. Should the virus pandemic increase adversely, as the current models predict, we shall consult project grantors, project beneficiaries, and project stakeholders to creatively adapt the project within the restrictions posed by the pandemic.

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Promoting Financial Capability in 4 Public schools: Q3 Progress Note

CEDI continues to deliver on its promise of teaching Financial Capability Skills to over 4,000 children in Kenya.In March 2020 the Kenyan government closed all learning institutions due to covid19, disrupting 18Million learners. However, in Oct 12, 2020, the Ministry of Education announced phased reopening of schools, with 1.6Million Grade 4 Pupils, 1.2Million Standard Eight and 700,000 Form Four candidates are expected to resume in-person classes. This is barely 20% of all the learners. The turnout remains low as parents worry over children safety, raising school fees and buying learning materials. The project therefore continues to support our partner schools in developing and dissemination of virtual lessons to pupils from our partner schools. Through YouTube and parents’ WhatsApp group, we have shared the recorded lessons to ensure continued learning.

The project also conducted an online survey entitled Teachers' perspectives on the impact of covid19 on learning and child safety in Migori and Kisumu Counties. The survey aimed at capturing ‘of the moment’ feedback from teachers. The survey focused on understanding overall confidence in schools' ability to support virtual learning and creating insights into how to better support teachers and pupils during and postcovid19. With 71 responses, the survey uncovered two key themes; bridging the digital literacy gap for continued learning and addressing increased children vulnerabilities.

From the period Oct 26-30, 2020, we had our Child Safety Week on social media to reach parents, caregivers, teachers, and the general public on the need to safeguard children during covid19 pandemic. The hashtag for the activity was #Tuwalinde (lets protect them) and #ChildSafetyWeek on twitter and Facebook. We do realize that safeguarding our beneficiaries is a critical component of our work and more so during this COVID19 period. Our project beneficiaries, who in this case are children are at a higher risk of contracting the virus easily if exposed to it, thus the need for utmost precaution when interacting with them.

We have equally engaged Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) to disseminate the necessary PPEs to reach the households of these children, check in on their well-being, provide support and resources that we intend to provide. We conducted an induction and training for the CHVs and familiarize them with our child safeguarding policy and ensured they commit to safeguarding and prioritizing the well-being of our project beneficiaries. Through our CHVs, we continue to regularly distribute child friendly posters to promote proper hygiene and sustain public awareness to households.

Whereas Covid19 continues to impact individuals and organizations across the world, we still work closely with project stakeholders to navigate the challenges posed by the pandemic. We shall continue to monitor the development and trends of the virus, and keep up to date with WHO and Ministry of Health guidelines. We are well prepared to take necessary steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff, project beneficiaries, and their families. Should the virus pandemic increase adversely, as the current models predict, we shall consult project grantors, project beneficiaries, and project stakeholders to creatively adapt the project within the restrictions posed by the pandemic.

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Nixon Oleche
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