WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
The Kenyan education system works on simple standard levels, each of which corresponds to one year of school and has its own standard text books for each subject. This makes it straightforward for you to pick up on the syllabus where they left off, understand what students are working towards and come up with creative and exciting ways to help them understand the topics. Primary school is open to all in Kenya and continues until the age of 14/15 years, when students lucky enough to attain good grades may be able to secure sponsorship or scholarships to continue their education to high school and beyond. The hard work you put in during your project could really make a difference to the future of these determined and enthusiastic children.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Your work schedule will be challenging and varied, but always enjoyable, as you embark on your placement in a local community or government school. You will engage fully with your pupils, using your creativity and initiative to deliver a stimulating teaching programme.
You will benefit in terms of your personal and professional experience and will be encouraged to formulate ideas and develop your teaching skills and techniques. Working either with a local teacher or independently, you could be directly involved with marking pupils' work, preparing homework and assembling innovative and effective lesson plans.
There are a range of extracurricular activities you could organise, depending on your personal skills and interests – whether it is coaching a sports team, planning a school play, organising a choir or conducting one to one tuition for children who are struggling. Just use your initiative and get the kids involved! Whatever you decide, you are sure to gain huge satisfaction from inspiring these underprivileged children, whilst enhancing your own skills and experience significantly.