Every September 8, on International Literacy day, my thoughts go to the illiterate women in Kenya. A day that reminds me of the significant proportion of women who are illiterate.
It is a bright Thursday morning at 9:00 am as we arrive in Kilimani village in Kilifi. We meet with three girls walking from school to home and we stop to inquire. They have been sent home to fetch money for paying teachers.
Recently in the 42nd Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KESSHA) conference in Mombasa, Kenya’s Ministry of Education and the Teachers Service Commission colourfully awarded the Principal of the Year Award (POYA) and Teacher of the Year Award (TOYA).
Like any other year, we will celebrate the Day of the African Child on the 16th June. In Kenya, these commemorations are used to highlight the plight of children, taking count of the progress made in enabling the various children rights.
We spent the first Friday of 2017 conversing with the women of Dol Dol, Kenya in two Manyatta Learning Centers, the Reteti and Kimanjo centers, courtesy of the Africa Educational Trust. The women converge either in a community hall or under a tree for their reading and writing lessons.
That early morning of January 1981, my mother walked me quietly into Ndindiruku Primary School, in Central Kenya. At that time, I had never spoken a word of any other language, apart from Kikuyu.
The 2017 new staff induction at the Peoples Action for Learning Network (PAL Network), involved training on Citizen-Led Assessments (CLAs).
It’s 8.30 am as we arrive at Tiling’wa Primary School, in the East Pokot region of Kenya. Expecting to find children finishing the first lesson of the day, we find them just leaving their morning assembly. We quickly meet the acting head teacher and introduce ourselves. He tells us that the head teacher is currently on maternity leave. Mr. Kitur is responsible for teaching Class 1. However, due to severe teacher shortages in their school, he also pops in Class 3 during the morning as they currently do not have a teacher.
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the World Literacy Day, Rosa Naliaka celebrates two important milestones: her 30th birthday, and winning her war against illiteracy. Nowadays, by 7.00 am Naliaka has caught up with her e-mails, updated her Facebook page, and connected with friends on WhatsApp and Instagram.
Citizen volunteer Amol Moghe sets out to conduct learning assessments in a remote village in western India. Upon arriving at the village of Pimpri in Maharashtra state’s Aurangabad district, he greets the villagers, explains why he’s there, and asks for permission from the village leader to conduct a learning assessment survey.