BRCK BLOG

Teacher Training in Gatundu

May 23, 2016

By : Rufus Muturi Rufus Muturi

On a rainy Friday last week we went to Joyland Primary School in Gatundu to carry out teacher training for the Kio Kit. We went with Jeff Crystal of Voltaic Systems, Jamie Drummond (co-founder of ONE.org), Mwambu Wanendeya (ONE.org Africa Executive Director) and Keith Stewart (CTO of Thomson Reuters).

The Kio Kit empowers pupils and enables teachers to have an easier time with their jobs. Our approach is to introduce them to the Kit and then let them explore it on their own. The reception was encouraging. The teachers took to the Kit fast.

Peer learning and collaborative learning are integral parts of our training. After we introduce the Kio Kit, we find teachers are more receptive to it when we give them the freedom to learn with other faculty and by learning from other teachers.

We also installed solar-powered lights for eight of the classrooms with Jeff. It seems like a small thing, but a well-lit classroom makes teaching and learning much more efficient.

We took a lot of photographs, and they can best tell the story.

The class where the training took place.

The class where the training took place.

BRCKs + Kio Kit

BRCKs + Kio Kit

Mark Kamau, our UX Lead, taking the teachers through the training.

Mark Kamau, our UX Lead, taking the teachers through the training.

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Bottom-right corner – Mr. Nguuuo, the school manager

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Teachers playing a memory game to help "flex their fingers" and minds.

Teachers playing a memory game to help “flex their fingers” and minds.

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eLimu Content

Juliana on the roof installing the solar panels.

Juliana on the roof installing the solar panels.

Juliana and Reid installing solar panels.

Juliana and Reid installing solar panels.

Jeff Crystal of Voltaic Systems installs lights in one of the classrooms.

Jeff Crystal of Voltaic Systems installs lights in one of the classrooms.

Jeff testing the lights.

Jeff testing the lights.

Juliana fastens the solar panels.

Juliana fastens the solar panels.

A sample of the solar panels and cables used.

A sample of the solar panels and cables used.

Mark and Keith having a chat with Jamie in the back.

Mark and Keith having a chat with Jamie in the back.

Teachers getting more acquainted with Kio tablets.

Teachers getting more acquainted with Kio tablets.

One of the Swahili teachers heading a lesson.

One of the teachers heading a lesson.

L to R: Juliana Rotich, Jamie Drummond, Keith Stewart, Mark Kamau, and Mwambu Wanendeya

L to R: Juliana Rotich, Jamie Drummond, Keith Stewart, Mark Kamau, and Mwambu Wanendeya

Here is a short interview with Jamie Drummond: