What about meaningful and enjoyable education?
Why we do this
Every person has the right to quality education.
The same is not enough
Over the last years, heavy investment has been poured into education, making it accessible to many more students in a short amount of time.
Such investment is great and needed, but unfortunately these efforts do not translate into higher learning outcomes.
In absolute numbers, the amount of students passing KCSE has dropped, although almost twice as many students are sitting the exam.
More of the same is not enough. Next to access, we also need to invest in quality of education.
Teachers come first
Back in 2016, we did an extensive research to fully understand the situation in schools. We interviewed teachers and principals all over the country to understand what a day for them looks like and what challenges they face.
What we found is that the key to quality education is already active in schools, it’s the human capital working in those schools.
The issue though, is that the human capital is being neglected.
Teacher training often focuses on content over pedagogy. Teachers own all the knowledge in the world, but are not taught how to deliver that knowledge to students.
Classes of 40, 60, or even up to 80 students are common in Kenya. Such numbers make it impossible for teachers to perform crucial tasks such as regular assessments to understand how their class is doing.
Teachers come first
The influence of a good teacher can never be erased
Teachers that start with WHY
We all appreciate when we know why we need to learn or do anything and students are no different. Imagine if for every topic or concept, a teacher not only tells students what they are learning about, but convinces them why?
Teachers that give meaning & enjoyment
Students that enjoy and find meaning in their education become happy, creative, responsible and productive citizens. Imagine if during every lesson, a teacher’s focus were on truly educating and connecting with the students not merely going over they syllabus?
Teachers that know when and how to help
Imagine if a teacher could provide timely and very specific help to each students because they know the exact areas of concern in their learning? Teachers that go beyond saying “wrong” or “right” to saying “you didn’t understand because…” or “you couldn’t remember because…”
But is this possible in my school?