Education  Kenya Project #26875

Success in Kenya Schools with The Virtues Project

by Virtues Project International Association
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Success in Kenya Schools with The Virtues Project
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Success in Kenya Schools with The Virtues Project
Success in Kenya Schools with The Virtues Project
Success in Kenya Schools with The Virtues Project

Project Report | Apr 22, 2019
How Virtues Training Changed One Teacher and Her School

By Judith Opieba | Project Leader

Students at Mwiyenga Primary School
Students at Mwiyenga Primary School
I honor everyone spreading the Five Strategies of The Virtues Project for their commitment and purposefulness. I especially want to honor those Virtues Project practitioners who helped shape my character from unhealthy to becoming a purposeful, mindful, considerate, compassionate, kind and loving teacher.
You see, I was a hot-tempered teacher, no-nonsense, brutal teacher. My learners feared me instead of respecting me. I didn't have patience and rarely showed tolerance or mercy to anyone.  I almost landed myself in jail on more than one occasion. One such occasion was after hitting and a grade 3 pupil's head causing injury. I was attacked by the parents of the boy who dragged me to the police station, only to be released after the head teacher's intervention. I didn't learn my lesson.  On another occasion, I hit a grade 8 boy and injured the palm of his hand. Things were getting out of hand, and this time around, I had to deal with the matter by myself. I prayed and begged for mercy and almost lost my teaching carrier.  My prayers worked.  I thanked God. And this time I felt that I learned a lesson. I realized there was something wrong with me but I had no idea what the problem was or how to correct it.  My friend, a nurse, sat me down and told me that I needed help.  She pleaded with me to see a psychiatrist.  I couldn't see myself doing that so I decided to apply for a transfer from Nairobi to Kakamega for a fresh start.  And that is where I discovered the cure to my dis-ease.  A virtues training was held at Mwiyenga Primary School where I was now a teacher.  This training was eye-opening and life-changing for me. I saw a different me. I even longed for more training.  I could feel myself changing slowly but surely from what they had taught me. Corporal punishment was no longer an option for me and I needed a discipline method to hold on to so as not to lose my job. You see, I am a widow and I need to take care of my son. So I worked hard at practicing the strategies and it worked miracles. I changed. They had awakened the virtues inside of me.  Instead of being hot-tempered I have become more understanding, friendly, patient and purposeful. I have received high scores for commitment. Pupils are closer to me and now share their problems with me without any fear.  I have inspired many who now speak openly of the good change in me and now my school.  
Our school is now a zone of virtues. We attest to the numerous benefits of the practice of The Five Strategies. Our school has grown from grass to Glory.  Many teachers have undergone the virtues training and they are practicing the strategies. We do a Virtues Pick when we have staff meetings and this guides us and controls the discussion. Teachers have become more united, caring, supportive of one another and committed to their work. We not only teach but also nurture character in the most positive way. We harmoniously relate to each other and offer parental love to the orphans in the school.
Sharing and caring have become the order of the day. Virtues club members are doing a great job of keeping peace in the school. Learners have become honest, responsible, reliable and respectful. They do their work even without supervision and don't wait to be called upon to assist. Recently, one of the grade six girls was not feeling well. Teachers were in a meeting so a girl who had been honored for her helpfulness and service during the week surprised everyone in the school, by notifying the teacher on duty of her friend's illness and then lifting the sick girl onto her back and leaving for the hospital.  A teacher who had gone outside saw them and rushed with a motorbike to give a helping hand up to the hospital.  It was indeed an amazing act of friendship and love.
The learners join hands in spreading the good news of virtues even in homes. They always try to practice the virtue of the week and sing the virtues songs. This has improved their performance tremendously.  We give virtue caps to learners who practice the virtues.  We acknowledge virtues when we see them and we also guide and correct when it is needed. We advise using virtues. This has been an answer to our problems of truancy, absenteeism, school dropouts, and early pregnancies. Learners have become committed and assertive.  Parents are supportive.  Kudos to Virtues. 
We have strategically placed a virtue board where everyone can easily access and improve on their challenge virtues. Virtues discs have also been hung around the school.  As teachers and students move around the school they see gentle reminders of the virtues they need to practice.  A Virtues Corner helps us deal with discipline cases in nonpunitive ways.  
Detachment has helped me deal with my anger and I shall forever be grateful to the virtues practitioners who introduced me and my school to The Five Strategies of The Virtues Project.  
Your financial support is making a huge difference for teachers, students, and families. Thank you for your charity and caring.
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Virtues Project International Association

Location: Calgary, AB - Canada
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Caroline Ngure
Calgary , AB Canada
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