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Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly

by Acres of Mercy, Kenya
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
In School Teachers
In School Teachers

Dear Friends and Partners,

The year has come to an end and in the words of one of our teachers, "It's been a good year!" I trust you would agree. Teachers started with the main goal of doing and becoming better that they had been in 2017.

From the teachers' perspective the following were highlights of their work in the classrooms.

The discipline level of the school improved to 75% from 60% last year. This is due to better engagement with the students and increased involvement at the school, which can be attributed to teacher trainings completed in April 2018 and July 2018. 

Throughout the year staff morale increased and teamwork grew. Demotivation as a result of delayed salaries was at the lowest as staff were paid on time. 

There were a few lows. Teaching resources were always not sufficient, especially reference books such as dictionaries, atlases, and maps. Teachers also had to deal with negative feedback from colleagues within the school zone who looked down upon the vision and mission of the school. 

Thank you for making the year a godd one!

in 2019, the main focus of teacher development will be around the following areas: -

1. Rich Teaching for Poor Students (Engaging All Students)

2. Incorporating technlogy in teaching

3. Using Makerspaces to teach

4. Improve on Timely Remuneration for our teaching staff

5. Have Better Teacher Support in and out of class 

Let's join hands together again in 2019 to make it a better year,  together.

On behalf of the teachers, Board and children- Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year

Science Class
Science Class
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Teacher with students

Dear friends and partners,

This September I would like to share real teacher stories about their experiences at Acres of Mercy Learning Centre.  I do this as a way of preparing to celebrate our teachers and teachers in general in the next two weeks when we celebrate World Teachers Day on October 5th.

Reflective Teachers, Growing Teachers, Growing Students

Teacher M "In the past three years, i have been with Pre-school children. In my first year, I had  a challenge. I was expecting to deliver the perfect lesson as I planned it. As the days went by I learnt the importance of accepting and learning from my own mistakes...It made me create room for mistakes where learners amke mistakes and learn from their mistakes rather than let the mistakes demoralize them... Through being honest about my mistakes and imperfections, I can noow form a stronger connection with the learners and form strong strong relationships with mystudents in order to create a better learning environment"

Teacher E "Many are the times I feel so encouraged...I look at the way the students do their work independently, compared to the times I used to push them...Teachers , [sic] colleagues,  also encourage me through their support, correction and words of encouragement...Whatever I do, I do because I believe that all learners can learn no matter what through all support.."

Teacher L "I have learnt a lot through the learning meetings we have been having...The new Competency Based Curriculumn has made learning and teaching in Pre-School so enjoyable.."

These and more are stories being told through committed practice of our teachers. They are not without challenges, but through consistent practice and teamwork they are being overcome. Below is one such story re-told.

We admitted him in the middle of last term. He was a troubled teenage boy, bearing the scars of a brutal period in the Kenyan public schools. Our public schools are violent places for differently abled children. This boy had a chip on his shoulder and soon after joining the school he was out to prove himself...he wanted so much to be respected, to be valued, to be loved.

His first infraction was to declare that he could beat all the teachers (female) within the school. We called in the parent, thankfully the father came. What emerged was a student disrepectful to women, in constant conflict with the mother as he sought to be loved, to be respected. Perhaps he had been projecting and needed a little careful intervention.

There has been marked change in the boys' level of discipline, thanks to the efforts of a caring and understanding teacher.

Friends, your investment in these teachers are yielding results one day at a time. Thank you for your continued support. Acres of Mercy has an 11 team teaching team, three volunteers.

Our goal in the next 12 months is to retain 12 teachers at an average monthly salary of $220 a month per teacher. We are  also working on different ways to motivate our staff, in the words we speak, in the trainings, in finding ways they can progress in their careers as mentioned by facilitating increments in remuneration and other teacher benefits so they can continue to invest in our children for a better society whilst living too. To this end our Board is aconsidering a strategy to provide these in a sustainable way.

Your ideas on how to do this in sustainable ways are needed and are welcome.

Get in touch via email- acresofmercy@gmail.com 

Visit our facebook page www.facebook.com/acresofmercy

Consider increasing recurrent giving for this project through involving friends, colleagues and families.

Once again, I celebrate your partnership, friendship and trust. Thank you!

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Students Collaborative Work
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Teacher Steve
Teacher Steve

Dear friends and partners,

Hear from one of our teachers.

"My name is Teacher Steve. I have been part of the teaching team at Acres of Mercy Learning Centre for the past one year. I started my teaching profession here and this has presented me with various opportunities to practice my teaching professionally.

 I believe that teaching is not just about doing well academically but also involves growth in other areas. Doing this has seen his classes improve holistically over the last one year. The fruits I am seeing today have come about through teacher trainings, research over the internet as well as seeking help from colleagues to come up with solutions.

Being a teacher at Acres of Mercy has changed my view on  discipline and learning. I have come to believe that a student does not have to be disciplined using the cane in order to learn. I have also come to embrace the importance of involving students in decision making (student engagement).

I have seen that settling issues of discipline by dialoguing with the students to come up with solutions is a good opportunity for teaching them life skills such as critical thinking. I have to model right character for them to grow. I also ensure that at the end of every lesson i encourage the students.

By doing this we see the students believing in themselves and stop seeing teachers as deities in the education world. Instead, it has made them open up and become more willing to ask for help in areas where they face challenges."

The support we are receiving is evidently yielding results and impacting the people who have the the power to impact our children positively, the teacher. In Acres of Mercy,a teacher like Steve on average earns $110 a month. Thank you.

Still this is way below what Public School teachers earn at an average $280 a month.

We would like to keep teachers like Steve by offering a better working environment, better training, and better wages so they do not have to leave when the Government's employment window opens. I would like to encourage you to invite frriends, other family to support our teachers so we d not lose them.

Thank you.

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Teacher @ Work

Dear friend and partner,

Happy Easter!

It has been an awesome first term! Our teachers are doing their best. We have been exploring some interesting approaches through our coaching sessions. Through February, we took videos to capture key elements in the delivery of quality teaching that captured teaching methods, classroom management strategies, teacher planning practices among other elements that we have been addressing during our coaching meetings. However, we are still on course to tie it with a professional development workshop in this coming month of April.

Between January and March, we focused on two things: -

  1. How do we teach Mathematics combining the Five Strands that would make math teaching more effective? We started by encouraging the use of manipulatives teaching Mathematics from Pre-school level. We also began teaching students problem solving heuristics at middle school level. We trust these gains will bring in a change in math performance outcomes.
  2. How do we continue to assess students where it matters when it comes to reading and comprehension? We are currently focusing on measuring the right thing to determine at what level can the students read and comprehend.

As we continue with these initiatives, our challenge remains to attract the best teaching talent. Teachers who are able to learn and able to balance between maintaining certain structures but also accepting change and moving it forward.

What sort of teacher leadership both at individual level and at school level do we need? How can we train current willing teachers to embrace change?

The challenge for the school leadership is to move teaching/instructional transformations that will have the greatest impact on student achievement.

Once again, we ask for ideas and advice to push results and have greater lasting impact.

On behalf of the teaching staff, leadership and board at Acres of Mercy, I would like to thank you dear friend for getting us onto this journey. Thank you.

Easter Blessings

P.S. Could you make the call for us on our behalf for other friends to check out our other Project page and join us? Thank you

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Some of Our Staff and Their Children
Some of Our Staff and Their Children

Dear friend and project partner,

2017 has been a year of growth and development for our teaching staff. Our aim with this project has been to ensure the students get quality teaching and learning from our teachers. You have ensured that this has happened throughout the year. As our project partners, you have ensured all the teachers have been motivated to come to school every month without having to worry about whether the paycheck will come in time, because faithfully and sacrificially you have ensured that happened. Thank you.

We invested time in coaching the teachers and mentoring them to ensure high quality teaching. In 2017, we focused on training the staff on Brain Based Teaching, Inquiry Based and other effective Instructional Strategies, Classroom Management Strategies, Competency Based Curriculum, and Growth Mindset.

The school had a teacher to pupil ration of 1:13. This is an average score. The class sizes ranged from 24 to 10. The school teacher population was at a constant 13 teaching staff. The support to these teachers yielded impact in the learning and achievement of students as could be seen in the Average Class and Subject Value-Added Scores and Attendance Score.

By the end of the year compared to October 2016, Average Value-Added Scores for 2017 for the entire school grew by 28%. The score shows how much a subject or class grew in achievement from the last assessment taken at the same time in the previous year. It assumes the efforts being put in by the teacher, parents, and students, and administration yielded the growth in achievement. The average school attendance score was at 84%, which can be roughly translated to mean that at any given time the school had 112 students attending class any given day, with the main reason for non-attendance being parents not taking responsibility to contribute their portion of tuition fees.

We found that the Value Add Score is a better motivator to teachers than the mean grade as it measures how much improvement students are making. This has helped teachers focus more on strategies to improve individual student achievement rather than improving class mean scores. It also achieved a key strategy that focuses on using data and assessments to improve teaching instruction and classroom interventions which will yield quality teaching.

At the end of the year, the teachers shared their best memories from 2017. Here are some of them.

One of my best memories was when we went for a team building session accompanied by our students.” Grade 4 Class Teacher

“Guiding Learners in the dangers associated with pre-marital sex.” Counselling Teacher

“Improvement in Grade 4 Mathematics Achievement.” Grade 4 Math Teacher

“Participating with the students in the music festivals.” Grade 5 Teacher

“Seeing the learners develop interest and positive attitude toward mathematics.” Grade 8 Teacher

“Teaching students about road safety with toy cars and sound effects from a sound app. The boys enjoyed it. The girls loved it.” Grade 6 English Teacher

“Being given the opportunity to be Head of Academics. I was able to develop my skill in administration.” Head of Academics Teacher.

“My best memories were seeing children slowly by slowly take initiative in their learning and forge ahead without fear.” English Language Teacher

All this was made possible by your consistent investments in the teachers. We celebrate your successes in 2017. You both have made the year a success. One of lasting impact. Thank you.

On behalf of the teachers, the children and the Acres of Mercy Board, I wish you a great year 2018, one of success in all your endeavors and look forward to your continued support for much more impact in this year.

Teacher's Collaborating During Training
Teacher's Collaborating During Training
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Students Hang Out With A Teaacher
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Acres of Mercy, Kenya

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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Project Leader:
Catherine Muteti
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Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya
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