Hello PACE Family! We begun the year, with new strength! Our team has been busy putting together strategies to better support the children we serve. In this regard, we have launched new projects. Here are the highlights:
Community-Based Teaching Assistant Fellowship (CBTAF) Project
We trained and placed 67 youth fellows in 29 partner schools, both in Nairobi and Kisumu. The volunteers underwent an initial two weeks of pre-field training on fundamentals of classroom support, professional etiquette, dynamics of education, community mobilization into action, participatory resource mobilization, fundamentals of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), and storytelling. The CBTAF model provides an opportunity for local youth to contribute to classroom-based and out-of-classroom educational needs of children through incorporation of fun and creative ways of learning. To complement the school activities and sustain impact, we bring in their families and the general community to support the learners’ educational ambitions.
Teacher Empowerment Network (TEN) Project
We officially launched the Teacher Empowerment Network (TEN) Program. Under this program, we have 11 trained teachers placed in 10 public schools within Nairobi and Kisumu counties to improve learning outcomes. A minimum of 2400 under-privileged children will annually benefit directly from this pool of highly motivated and well-exposed teachers, resulting in improved test scores.
Fellows in Action
Our fellows in Nairobi and Kisumu have been working on different projects to promote learning and co-curricular activities. Some of the projects include:
Our Fellows engage the learners in a literacy improvement program weekly using the Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) methodology. This is a child-centered pedagogical approach to literacy where learners are divided into groups, and taken through a ten-day learning camp while tracking the progress in literacy levels. The sessions are conducted in a fun and interactive way for improved learner experience.
School Environment Conservation
At Mathari Primary, the fellows engaged Class 6 and class 4 students on a tree-planting mission to introduce a Community Service Club. The fellows and the students planted 17 trees. This initiative taught the students the need to sow and nurture the trees in line with the Competency-based Curriculum.
We’re excited about the new members added to our team; Tess Ndichu, leading the Learning and Development department, Felix Khamisi, in charge of Finance and Administration, and Diana Jangu, leading the Communications department. The three departments are collaborating to deliver on the organization’s mission and vision.