Education  Kenya Project #16680

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
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Support Teachers to Educate 200 Children Monthly
Teaching Students Problem Solving via Chess
Teaching Students Problem Solving via Chess

Dear Friends and partners,

Let me thank you all for being there, offering support both moral and financial to help us serve children better. This stilll remains our drive for the year 2019. 

We are in the third month of the year and still seeing teachers committed to nurturing, protecting and giving children a firm foundation.

The following are excerpts of what the teachers have been doing with the limited resources with the children: Let's call them Continuing Change Stories

Growing George*

George is in class 5, Grade 5 equivalent at Acres of Mercy Learning Centre. He is one of those energetic, constantly-buzzzing around children. You know, the ones we call hyperactive. His teachers, through constantly being encouraged, counselled, trained have been able to develoop the patience and grace to say the following about him. "George has matured, and now even asks for permission to go out." For George this is a remarkable show of growth and maturing. As his teacher Madam Serah puts it, "Previously he would just walk out of class to go out to play. He now takes coorrection positively. You can see the change in his school work. Whereas he used to do all his subjects in one exercise book, though he had one for each subject, he now is better organized, and does each subject in its own notebook. He even takes notes, something he previously struggled wiith. George is learning everyday to follow the school routine and is less combative with his fellow classmates.

Asked what she and the other teachers did to inspire this change, Md. Serah has this to say. "Teacher counselling as well as advising has greatly contributed to the change."

This is remarkable in a country where such students experience countless sessions of corporal punishment to "straighten" students out. 

Our teachers have embraced alternative routes to discipline and the fruits are evident. They are  realizing the benefits of a non-combativ, safe, learning environment for children. Even though there are challenges and iit takes extra work, our staff arre willing to work on these.

Your support is needed to ensure we do not lose these committed teachers.  Let's bring in friends on board, re-commit or consider giving recurrently so we can still reach children no matter their background because every child deserves an education, quality education. The investments we make in their support would have far reaching ripple effects into the future.

Thank you for making it happen, and let's make it happen again and again for the 125 children we currently serve by supporting teachers to impacct children in class and out of class, through sports and club activities. 

You can continue to give through our GlobalGiving page here https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/teachers-biggest-change-factor-in-children-education/

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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

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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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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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Acres of Mercy, Kenya

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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Catherine Muteti
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Nairobi, Nairobi Kenya
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