A total of 79 participants were trained in three learner-centred approaches and a welcomed benefit was the participation of the district education officers and 6 Teacher Advisory Centre (TAC) tutors in the training. Before the workshops, TAC Tutors attended an orientation meeting with the EBB and ACCES teams. This worked well to share expectations and the role of the education officials during and after the training, including their participation in classroom observations and in sustainability discussions.
Partnership with ACCES, a non-governmental organisation working in the area for the past 20 years, greatly facilitated EBB’s entry into and working relationship with the network of schools, the teachers and the education office.
There already exists clusters of schools within the zones and the same structure was adopted for PLC activities. Eventually leaders were elected to spearhead activities, with each zone developing a work plan and schedule for the meetings to be held in the first and third terms.
The seven ACCES schools had all of their 54 teachers attend the training and this means there will be open discussions and methodologies practice in the schools since all teachers there are involved.
The day after the workshops a team of 4 EBB facilitators, 2 ACCES officials, 1 external partner, and 5 TAC tutors visited 8 schools for classroom observations of some of the teachers who had been trained in the workshops. This reinforced the peer feedback component anticipated to be continuous.
A huge THANK YOU to our team who volunteered for the 2012 project:
Ji Ai Cho
More photos of this project can be seen here: Kakamega 2012