Brief about the Project

In 2002, when free primary education was introduced, the education quality also went down. Free primary education came at a time when teachers’ attitudes to work had been negative over a long period of time due to low morale which has been eroding the teaching profession. The free primary education brought with it a great increase in the number of students attending Primary schools and hence, usage of a lot of funds on the pupils. This led to little effort going into the in-service training of teachers and Head teachers who have to impart this education at the two levels from day to day. Strathmore University responded to the issue by starting the teachers’ programs with the aim of motivating teachers of both primary and secondary schools to work better in their schools and classrooms, using the available resources in their immediate environment.

Currently, there are a number of programs issued which include; Art of Leadership, Transitioning to Inquiry Based Teaching and Customized trainings.

Art of Leadership

The Art of Leadership (AOL) training is the heart of the programs which is suited for primary and secondary schools’ management, the head teachers and the deputy heads. AOL covers a number of thematic areas which are; Dimensions of school headship, Systemic Leadership, Managing Resources, Teacher Management Philosophy and Collaborative Planning and Practice.

The teachers are expected to use the skills imparted on them in the trainings to transform their schools into centers of excellence.

Transitioning to Inquiry Based Teaching

The Transitioning to Inquiry Based Teaching (TIBT) is suited for classroom teachers equipping them with the necessary instructional skills which help them better their teaching skills and delivery mode. Some of the key issues tackled include; Approaches to Teaching and Learning, Learning Disabilities, Curriculum Planning and Effective Schemes of Work, Differentiation of Learners, and Assessment Strategies. It is a 3-day training which also includes a classroom improvement project to be done within a school term.

Project Progress and Success

Usually, we offer 7 to 10 Art of Leadership trainings within one year. Strathmore University has managed to train a number of counties in Kenya which include; Makueni, Machakos, Bungoma, Murang’a, Kitui, Narok, Uasin Gishu, and Kajiado, Turkana, Meru Counties amongst others. Approximately 6,000 participants have been trained between 2002 and June 2018 in either Art of Leadership (AOL) or Teacher Self Image (TSI) and 200 teachers have been trained on a one-year diploma course.  The number trained is only 1.3% of the total number, 402,000 of which 107,187 are the Early Childhood education (ECD) teachers, 210,991 are primary school teachers and 85,438 are secondary school teachers of the teachers who teach in public schools.

After training the teachers we make a follow up on whether they implement the knowledge imparted on them during the trainings. The follow up involves both visits to the schools and classroom improvement projects also known as Action Research that the teachers carry out and get back to us. Some of these projects have transformed schools to better places. We also were able to train a number of teachers who came from schools located in informal settlements, slums. We have photo evidences of schools that changed the environment and a number of important aspects after attending the Art of Leadership Programs.

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