One of the joys of what we do is seeing the effect Teach2030 courses have in schools around the world. Our Head of Education, Eleanor Sykes, was fortunate enough to be hosted by our partner, Kenya Connect, visiting three of their schools in rural Machakos County, south-east of Nairobi – Ngangani, Kisola and Maanzoni primary schools. Eleanor chatted to teachers, hearing about what they have enjoyed and learned from Teach2030, and what skills and strategies they are now using in their classrooms.
In-school sessions are led by Kenya Connect’s Rebecca Migwambo.
“There has been a noticeable gradual improvement of teachers digital skills and perception, from phobia to embrace, and from just tools to classroom utility tools! The incorporation of the basic technology skills is enabling fresh and creative lessons with learners looking forward to a new and engaged learning.’“
Hear from teacher Richard Mulei on Teach2030 strategies:
Feedback from our community
One of the most useful and important elements of the visit was to understand the pain points for teachers using Teach2030 and where you would like to see improvements, something new or a change. There is no doubt that the teachers in Kenya generally prefer accessing online learning on a laptop, as opposed to a smartphone, mostly since it is bigger and easier to see. However, all teachers agreed that in the absence of a computer, being able to access content on their smartphone was useful and something that they had all engaged in more since first participating in Teach2030. Teachers would like more courses – we hear you and it’s definitely on our agenda!
One key piece of feedback was that many teachers feel an 80% pass rate for Teach2030 courses is too high, and it should be 60%. It is an interesting point and one worth exploring. We want to you bring high-quality and low-cost courses and the only way to keep it low-cost is to make it solely delivered digitally, without face-to-face interaction. Therefore, the only way we can be certain that teachers are completing the courses as they should, and learning from them, is to include an assessment that needs to be passed before gaining a certificate. However, we have decided to review the assessment questions, to make sure they are (i) clear and (ii) not unnecessarily hard. But we won’t be reducing the pass rate from 80%… sorry!
We are so grateful to the Kenya Connect team for being so kind as to host Eleanor for this fantastic visit – we learnt so much that we will put into good use in 2022. We look forward to our next meeting!
Teach2030 courses are designed to bring you sound pedagogy, along with sensible, practical global techniques and strategies that are applicable for larges classes with few resources. It is also intended to provide you opportunities to work together and learn from other teachers. If you’d like to develop your teaching practice with the the help of Teach2030, sign up today!