Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Teacher Talking Kenya 2007
Teacher Talking (TT) Kenya 2007 – Funded by COL CAWD UK and VSO.
Teachers Talking project, ICT Skills training for Teachers, students and Communities in rural Africa has been designed by Pam McLean the Director of Charity for African Welfare and Development (CAWD) and DadaMc LTD both in the UK, Pam and David had worked on the first TT programmes in Nigeria before, in collaboration with Fantsuam Foundation (http://www.fantsuam.org - a VSO Nigeria partner and David’s former employer.
The first TT project in Kenya involved 20 secondary school teachers and 6 community members from Kangundo District, Eastern part of Kenya, this started with teacher ICT training workshop held in August 2007, at Holy Rosary College a VSO Jitolee partner at Tala town. Tala is a rural location, 67 kms from Nairobi and 6 kms from Kangundo the District headquarter offices. After the training the participants had the opportunity to try and improve their learned skills for 6 months arranged F2F and online discussions forums, the online/virtual learning communities involved former TT members in Nigeria and ICT for education experts from the UK Via the CAWD Teachers Talking yahoo group - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CawdTeachersTalking/ and
LearningFromEachOther yahoo group - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/learningfromeachother/ developed and moderated by Pam McLean in the UK.
The “Teachers Talking” (about ICT) programme has wide ranging objectives. At its simplest level it is an introduction to ICT, designed specifically (but not exclusively) for rural teachers. At another level it promotes strategies for the teachers to use that are alternatives to rote learning, but can work in the resource-poor classrooms where rote learning is often used. At another level it encourages teachers to see themselves as part of a worldwide connected community of life long learners that trickles down to students and their communities. However, the ultimate objective is to enable high-flying teachers to enter into informed debate and to influence policy regarding ICT in education in rural Africa – hence the name “Teachers Talking”.
The objective of TT Kenya is “To enhance life long ICT enabled human capacity development through access to relevant and timely information, formal and informal learning opportunities, and life skill acquisition for rural and peri-rural Kenyan teachers, students and communities, and in particular women and girls.”
The one-week workshop was a first step towards this ambitious and wide-ranging statement. Most of the participants were rural or peri-rural men and women teachers and community leaders. The participants were introduced to online opportunities for formal and informal learning. In their final presentations they outlined their plans to share what they had learned with their students, colleagues and communities, with special reference to women.
We are look forward to partner with other participants in the promotion of new education and learning techniques such as collaborative learning enabled by the use of ICT's as we realise Education and learning are among the most important of all human activities and always have been the principal means of creating productive and sustainable societies.
By David Mutua
CAWD Regional Coordinator and TT project Manager.