This year’s project approached EBB’s stage 4 main goal of transferring responsibility for designing and carrying out professional development activities to local trainers and facilitators. The trainers and facilitators reported feeling very confident and proud of their facilitation work and attending teachers indicated that they were very much looking forward to trying out learner-centered teaching methodologies in their classrooms in September and sharing the new ideas with school colleagues.
The project also was able to bring many stakeholders on board during a stakeholders meeting with the EBB team. The main agenda was on sustainability of the project in the future. The members resolved that they would support the project to ensure continuity. The trainers and facilitators later discussed this issue further and proposed a regional committee to cover both Laikipia East and Central. This committee, whose members include regional and other stakeholders, aims to support local PLCs and liaise more efficiently with Educational Offices and international EBB representatives.
EBB leaves Laikipia this year with a strengthened PLC support structure, District committees and a regional committee. There are eight (8) trainers, 14 experienced facilitators available to put on workshops (or otherwise support their peers), and 65 more teachers newly trained in designing and delivering learner-centered teaching lessons in their classrooms. Relationships with Laikipia East and Central DEOs were strengthened which will help in providing credibility and potential for district and regional level sponsorship of future projects.
A huge THANK YOU to our team who volunteered for the 2012 project:
James Munga (co-lead)
Emily Mbugua (co-lead)
Ji Ai Cho
More photos of this project can be seen here: Laikipia 2012