Female students from Leap Hub Schools Participate in Intel’s “My Digital Journey Program

Nairobi, Kenya 21st August 2015 – 18 girls from 3 Leap Hub schools within Nairobi including: Kariobangi North Girls High School, Maina Wanjigi Secondary School and Embakasi Girls Secondary School, participate in Intel’s “My Digital Journey” program that has been customized to empower young girls in schools in the field of technology. This is part of the “She will Connect” program by Intel that recently merged with Global Peace Foundation’s Leap Hubs program which is run in schools to empower youth with first hand skills needed in the 21st century.

Organized by Global Peace Foundation in collaboration with Intel Kenya and Youth Banner, the training drew international volunteers from Seattle in the United States of America and Germany who trained the students on how to create their online profiles, find leaning resources and internet security.The students were also taken through a mentor-ship session where they were guided on how to choose their career paths and became successful.

“I now know a lot of things regarding internet safety,” said one of the students from MainaWanjigi Secondary School. “Thanks to the facilitators I can now create my profile, access information and create useful content for others,” She concluded.

This was mainly a testing phase for The “My Digital Journey” software that is still under development by Intel. On completion the program will be launched in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria among other countries. Intel has been in the run to empower and support women technology to not only be content consumers but also content creators.

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Global Peace Education Participates in the UasinGishu/Nandi County Education Stakeholders Life Skills Review Forum

Nandi, Kenya, 21st August, 2015 – On Thursday 13th August 2015, the Global Peace Foundation through its signature program (Global Peace Education) in partnership with Chalan Foundation facilitates a session on the significance of integrating technology in education during the UasinGishu/Nandi County Education Stakeholders Life Skills Review Forum held at AIC Church Hall in Nandi Hills.

With support from the Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MoEST), in collaboration with Chalan Foundation the forum brought together education stakeholders from the Kenya Secondary School Association (KESSHA), Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) and the Local Administration to review the progress made in county governments towards achieving National Character Education Goals in terms of Life skills curriculum coverage and its impact in schools.

The curriculum was introduced to schools by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) for purposes of instilling good character and positive behavior among secondary school youth. This has not been easy without thresholds. Teachers have been putting more concentration on examinable subjects to enable the students perform well. This is because the program does not have a monitoring and evaluation criteria, which makes it difficult to measure its impact on the students. The Life Skills Program focuses on essential life skills components that include: national values, sex education, environment conservation, honesty, respect, relationships, among others. This is crucial in modeling moral leaders from school graduates and also enhances social development of our country.

God has a higher expectation of teachers as molders of the society,” said Mrs. Koske, Patron Chalan Foundation during her opening remarks. “Lack of information, poor self – esteem and lack of purpose all lead to increased student drop-out rates in our schools. These cannot be addressed during regular classroom sessions, but through life skills programs in schools which have proven to help reduce dropout rates.”

The Chalan Foundation has established the life skills program in 40 schools in Uasin Ngishu and Nandi Counties with the objective of ensuring that the skills are taught and practiced in schools by both teachers as role models and students as beneficiaries. The organization has been working with Global Peace Foundation which has established the Character and Creativity Initiative (CCI) across 41 schools in 10 Counties in Kenya with a goal to ensure that secondary school youth graduate with 21st Century employ-ability skills and ability to succeed in Life and work beyond the school.

“Life skills teaching can transform a school in terms of character and creativity. Students who can define their values and understand their behavior are more likely to succeed in academics and try out different extra curriculum activities in the school. The challenge remains with the fact that Life skills is not examinable,” said Mr. PartrickShiribwa, principal Sarwat Secondary School.

In the group break out session facilitated by Ms. Caroline Amollo, Director, Globalpeace Education, the teachers arranged themselves in groups to discuss some of the challenges in their schools and recommendations to address the issues. They discussed their roles and the experience they have gained in education.

hey also gave feedback and recommended that: the Ministry of Education and KICD should make the subjects more practical to real life and capacities building for both principals and teachers in modern technology from public – private partnerships to enable the teachers give relevant training to the issues in the society today.

The teachers highlighted that modern technology was continuously widening the communication gap between parents and their children, teachers and their students and impacting relationships negatively. They also mentioned that poverty especially in rural areas played a major role in diminishing the importance of moral values in the schools and society.

“The problem is not with our curriculum but with how it is being implemented. Teachers are drilling learners and encouraging rote learning. There is enough time for character and creativity formation through life skills and other similar programs,” stated Dr. Nthamburi, Deputy Director KICD, during his keynote speech which took into account the feedback from the group break out session.“Without caring for the moral values of our learners, the nation has no future,” he concluded.

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Kenyatta University Interview: How can Education Transform the Society?

Nairobi, Kenya, 27th August, 2015 – The newly launched TV Station at Kenyatta University hosts Global Peace Foundation Kenya’s, Executive Director, Mr. Daniel Juma for an exclusive interview to discuss on the relevance of education in transforming the society today at the Arboretum grounds in Nairobi.

In his interview during the show that presented by  Mr. ‎Hillary Kawa and Dr. Zippy Okoth, Mr. Juma explains the importance of reviewing the current education curriculum in order to impart the youth with the necessary skills needed to survive in the 21st Century world. The Global Peace Foundation through its Education Program has been working with educators locally and around the world to ensure that education meets 21st Century demands and unemployment as structural pillars of peace in Kenya. This is mainly through the Leadership and Entrepreneurship Hubs and Character and Creativity Initiatives that are currently being implemented across 5 Counties: Nairobi, Kiambu, Machakos, Kajiado, Siaya and Bungoma with an objective to integrate Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Character and Creativity as part of the National School Curriculum in Kenya.

Kenyatta University popularly known as (KU) is one of the leading universities in Kenya. It has invested heavily in offering the best education programs mainly through state of art infrastructure and facilities which include; the ‎Chandaria Innovation Center, ‎Uni-city Mall and KU Digital School. This offers the students with the best experience in quality academic programmes under a nurturing environment in which they can learn and grow.

 

 

Innovators Stakeholders Workshop Launched to Support Youth Innovations

Nairobi, Kenya, 21st August, 2015 – Organized by the Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) the Global Peace Foundation participates in the “Innovation Stakeholders Workshop” to strategise on possible ways to partner with other organizations from different entities to empower and support innovations among the Kenyan Youth with the aim of curbing the high unemployment rate in the country and also promoting the use of technology is addressing challenges in our society today.

Leveraging on GPF’s robust work in innovative initiatives such as Leap Hubs and the Greenhouse projects in primary schools mainly focusing to improve the Kenyan Education System,  GPF  was selected to contribute to the issue. Representing the Global Peace Foundation, the Executive Director, Kenyan Chapter Mr. Daniel Juma enumerated the work the organization does to transform education. Through Leadership and Entrepreneurship program, Mr. Juma pledged to encourage students to come up with a mobile application and a website that would link young innovators in the blue collar job market with potential clients. The application dubbed #FindanArtisan is currently being developed by Leap Hub students with assistance from computer science students at Maseno and JKUAT universities.

The stakeholders resolved to come up with strategies to help commercialize innovation in the country. These strategies would be handed over to the President of the Republic of Kenya for implementation.

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Global Facilitates a Professional Teacher Development Workshop for Teachers at Kamiti Sec. School

February 16, 2015 – Global Peace Foundation facilitated a professional teacher development workshop to 25 teachers at Kamiti Secondary School in Nairobi.

Kamiti Secondary School is one of the demonstration schools nominated for quality CCI implementation. Through the guidance of Global Peace Education’s CCI program, the teachers have been able to re-evaluate and redefine the school core values, mission, vision, and motto geared towards improving their school culture.

The workshop began with a brief introduction from the innovation teacher Mrs. Florence Mudenya,who is also the Innovation Team Leader for CCI in the school. Mr. Kogocho, the school’s Deputy Principal, also urged teachers to embrace the integration of character and creativity as part of regular curriculum coverage in the classroom.

The Director for Education Initiatives, Ms. Caroline Amollo took the participants through the main objective of integrating Character and Creativity in classroom, saying that creativity must become relevant to classrooms today. She emphasized on major aspects that should be incorporated into the teaching subjects to ensure it molds students into morally upright and innovative young people who execute leadership in their areas of responsibility.

CCI aims at promoting character traits such as honesty, respect and responsibility in students. It prepares students to become leaders who can express themselves without fear,” she said, recapping the importance of CCI in refining the behavior of youths.

In groups, the teachers had a chance to participate in discussions that enabled them reflect on their relationships with the school’s administration, their jobs and the students.

These discussions led to the sharing of diverse ideas on how to use best practices to improve school culture, for example, community service, one shilling initiative where by the students save money to help care for the welfare of others, ‘talking tree’ where the norms and values of the school can be written on trees around the compound and other environmental activities to help youth develop into responsible citizens.

“I commend the Global peace Foundation for continued work in transforming education and urge our innovation teams to continue supporting this noble course,” concluded the Deputy Principal at the end of the workshop.

School Portfolios Launched to Track CCI Implementation Progress in Schools

February, 26, 2015 – Global Peace Foundation today launched “ CCI School Portfolios” as a best practice for the Character and Creativity Initiative (CCI) of the Education Program at Kamiti Secondary School. The school which is currently a CCI demonstration school, was the second to be issued with the CCI monitoring tool after St. Anne’s Secondary School.

The School Portfolio is a systematic collection of specific CCI photos and related materials that depict CCI  activities and achievements in the school. The tool will act like an information bank where all the memories of CCI implementation progress will be stored and recorded.

The collection becomes evidence of CCI reflections and self-evaluation. The goal is to help schools monitor their internal progress towards expected outcomes of the program namely; attitude change, improved school culture, behavior change and acquisition of skills desired by 21st Century employers.

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