Teachers of both primary and secondary schools in Homa Bay county were grateful following free training on the Teacher Professional Development module (aimed at maximising learning time in the classroom), courtesy of the Teach For Kenya team which visited Mbita High School.
The three-day training, which began on Wednesday 6th and ended yesterday, saw teachers graduate by being awarded certificates of achievement.
Yukabeth Kidenda, the Chief Executive Officer Teach for Kenya, addressed the teachers and elaborated on why they started the organisation.
“We live in a country where inequality is almost the norm. A child goes to school somewhere in the slums and another goes to a school located in the best part of this country. At the end of the day, they are expected to compete for the same opportunity.” said Yukabeth.
She gave an example of someone going into an office looking for a job, saying that at no point will you be asked “Which school did you come from or what is your background?”. According to her, the organisation is going to be lenient on anyone depending on where they come from or what their background is.
The CEO who once taught in Honduras, Central America after completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Strathmore University, said once anyone has graduated from any institution of learning, the playfield is their part.
“Another truth is that there is a very big difference in the quality of education that is received in some of these schools located in various parts of this country,” she added.
To Yukabeth who is passionate about building a movement of ethical leaders to drive reforms in the Kenya education ecosystem, said this is unfair because they believe that every Kenyan child has the right to receive a quality education that empowers, education that puts them on the path towards unlocking their potentials.
“Many people say that poverty is a curse but Nelson Mandela once the greatest president of South Africa said that education is the most powerful tool that you can use to eradicate poverty to build up nations and for the general global development,” Yukabeth said, adding that is the main aim and purpose for Teach for Kenya team.
According to the CEO of Teach for Kenya, they have trained 20 fellows across schools in Mukuru Kwa Njenga and Mukuru Kwa Ruben in Nairobi who help in training teachers to be more effective and improve their teaching skills.
She also noted that they have recruited an additional 6 fellows who are beginning their training on the 1st of November and will begin teaching in January 2022.
“The is no development work that can be done on any continent or any country without the help of the teachers. Because teachers set every career or any profession that is put to work towards improving an organisation,” she said.
“... and for us, Teach for Kenya team, Teacher professional development has always been a pillar that we wanted to champion,” she concluded.
Akelo Misori urged teachers to welcome the TPD module to equip themselves with the 21st-century skills required in schools. He noted that understand the difficulties teachers face when it comes to money issues, but the knowledge was necessary.
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