The WUSC team has embarked on a sensitization meeting with the remedial teachers, community mobilizers and project officers ahead of next years’ training on how the evaluation process and beneficiary selection will take place. The remedial training was conducted in Dadaab and completed while the Kakuma training will take place from the 7th to 10th of December.
In Dadaab, the remedial teachers attended the annual training that lasted for 4 days. The teachers were so happy to attend the training and they are upbeat they will be able to deliver the remedial project as expected and support the evaluation process. One of the remedial teachers said; …...” we are so happy to attend the remedial teacher training. We will use the skills learnt and ensure the project achieves its objective.” It so happens that this is the first training for most of the remedial teachers to attended in Dadaab. Mohamed Rage Ali remedial teacher at Furaha primary in Kambios said …… “This being my first training as a teacher I have gained a lot in terms of interpretation of the syllabus, making schemes of work and lesson plan.” Just like many other teachers, Ali Issack, remedial teacher at Mwangaza primary in Ifo2 feels that the training improved his teaching skills and taught him how to manage a class of many learners.
The description of the evaluation, evaluation work plan, sampling design for the beneficiary selection were presented to the team in Dadaab and Kakuma in preparation for the January beneficiary selection process. Mary Nzioki Dadaab remedial education officer said …... “the remedial preparation meeting is very timely for the project. We are aware of the new opportunity to conduct the evaluation and we shall use the knowledge gained in our remedial activities. Most specifically, the teachers have gained skills and we are now confident we will be able to have well prepared lesson plans, use proper teaching methodologies etc. The evaluation process is most welcome and we are happy to be part of it.” Faith Saidi, Kakuma remedial education officer says……. “with the opportunity to have the AIR team offer evaluation expertise to our work, we have a better chance to learn the effectiveness of the various components in the remedial program. We have seen girls improve their performance and it would be exciting to link that to the project components. As well, skills development will be enhanced within the project staff who are mandated to monitor and collect data.”
In preparation of the 2017 remedial program, the remedial team has had to increase the number of centers (to 10 centers in Dadaab and Kakuma). This has meant hiring new teachers to serve the increased centers. The project has made a deliberate move to hire WUSC students who act as mentors to the remedial girls. Racheal, a remedial teacher at Kadugli center in Kakuma said they offer mentorship to the students “through their work and good performance.” The teachers have structured their time tables in such a way that they have a session with the girls from 12.30 to 1.00pm to talk and listen to them. The teachers talk about their experiences and how they got to where they are to encourage the girls to go on with their education.
As the remedial program expands to more centers, the project has also made a deliberate move to increase the number of female teachers in remedial centers. This encourages the young girls to attend these classes and at the same time work towards improving their performance. During the remedial monitoring visits, one of the girls at Kadugli center was upbeat of the move. She said, “We thank the project for giving us an opportunity to attend these classes on Saturday and school holidays since most of us rarely get a one on one interaction with teachers during regular school days. We would appreciate if we have more female teachers to relate with.”