To address the staggering shortage of 70,000 teachers, we recruit motivated high school graduates, train them and deploy them to work as volunteer teaching assistants during their pre-university break. Each teaching assistant commits to a minimum of 15 hours per week, for a minimum period of 6 months (two school terms).
Our volunteers work in grading, mentoring, tutoring, substitute teaching (when teachers are absent) and managing extracurricular activities. In exchange, they receive mentoring, job-readiness training and entrepreneurship training.
Founding (September 2012- December 2012)
PACE founding team meets for the first time in Nairobi to discuss the vision, mission and goals of the organization in September.
Team begins recruiting volunteers through visits to Loreto Kiambu, Loreto Limuru, Buruburu Girls, Aquinas High School, Starehe Boys, Lenana School and Pangani Girls. 63 applications received in the first cycle.
2013: The year of Firsts
January 2013: PACE trains our first class of 24 volunteers with the assistance of TAC tutors from Teacher Advisory Centers in Nairobi.
The 24 volunteers are sent to four schools: North Highridge Primary (Parklands), Edelvale (Jacaranda/Kayole region), Farasi Lane Primary (Lower Kabete) and Moonlight Primary (Kibera). Our 1st class started Hockey Clubs, Drama Clubs and Reading Clubs…Click here to learn more.
April 2013: First class of volunteers completes 1721 hours of service.
PACE wins a Promising Project award at the Dell Social Innovation Challenge.
May 2013:PACE trains second class of teaching assistants and achieves 2929 hours of service in our schools.
PACE reading club programs piloted in order to promote literacy and civic awareness among our students. Reading club programs run both in English and Kiswahili in partnership with Nation Media Group’s Newspapers in Education Program.
July 2013: PACE is legally incorporated as a NGO in Kenya.
August 2013: 1st PACE graduation held in Nairobi.
September 2013: PACE is featured at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York as a leading example of young people innovatively making a difference in the global arena.
October 2013: Clinton Foundation publishes International Day of the Girl Child Feature on PACE volunteer impact.
December 2013: PACE third class completes service, achieving a total sum of 5325 hours.
2014: The Year of the Dream
January- March 2014: PACE fourth class brings our team to 110 teaching assistants and brings total hours to 13880 hours of service in schools.
PACE wins first place at Harvard Graduate School of Education Bridge Pitch competition.
July 2014: PACE featured as finalists during the inaugural Transform Kenya Awards.
We believe there are skills that people, both young and old, can only learn by volunteering.
“Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation.” United Nations Volunteer Programme (UNVP).
Through the PACE volunteer program, volunteers develop increased problem solving and agency among youthful volunteers as demonstrated by the reading clubs, French clubs, library projects, and hockey and soccer teams they set up in school. These youth-led initiatives are leveraged as incentives to improve literacy and has made learning more enjoyable for students.
PACE has also been featured at the Clinton Global Initiative and received an award for outstanding humanitarian work in Youth and Education Development during the United Nations General Assembly in 2013.
Whether it’s engaging your employees in mentoring young people, working with disadvantaged children or giving inspirational career talks, we would love to connect you with schools and students in the PACE network. Let’s speak and work together to create a lasting impact in Kenya’s education today.