Global e-Schools and Communities Initiatives (GESCI) has partnered with AccessKenya to help improve the quality of teaching of Science, Technology, and Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in Kenyan schools. It is feared that the number of students taking up these subjects is on the decline in Secondary schools which would likely lead to lack of future engineers and scientists.
Through Strengthening Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (SIPSE) project, AccessKenya and GESCI have been collaborating over the last one year to train STEM teachers. The project is an initiative by the Ministry of Education to ensure that teachers are equipped with the appropriate ICT and pedagogical skills on how to better integrate technology into their teaching and therefore make learning more relevant and exciting.
The pilot programme has so far benefitted 60 teachers drawn from Nakuru and Machakos counties to assist in inspiring, motivating and guiding students to perform better in STEM subjects. The 60 teachers have also been able to improve their competencies in the use of interactive white boards, conducting online research for the class and engaging in academic exchanges with their peers abroad. In addition, the curriculum has helped teachers to learn how to integrate videos in teaching of chemistry and biology classes.
The SIPSE project is now set for review and a possible up scaling later this year to include even more schools in the race to have technology absorbed as part of the daily teaching and learning tools in public secondary schools.
GESCI primary goal is to invest in and deploy ICT to improve teaching and learning in developing countries.