Our school is in Thika town, Thika West Sub County, Kiambu County in central region of Kenya. Most of the learners come from the slums of Kiandutu. It is a mixed public day school. Most learners who come to our school do not have the skills necessary for proper learning. This had made learning very difficult and students often seeked help from their teacher on issues that they would have solved if they had the skills outlined in the Universal Framework. Listening, Speaking, Aiming High, Staying Positive, Creativity, Problem Solving, Leadership and Teamwork have been taught alongside the normal competence based-curriculum (CBC) by teachers. Teachers in grade 1 – 6 are trained in this competence and value based curriculum. We also involve mentors from Mount Kenya University, Faith based Organization and NGO volunteers to help the learners Stay Positive and Aim High.
Our learners are able to better express themselves to teachers and parents in matters related to their skills, lives and education. Parents are also more confident with the skills in conversations with the teachers. Teachers are also more confident in teaching content around the competences and using the framework to assess and see progress.
All essential skills learnt are put in practice in activities in the classroom and outside the curriculum; for example, Leadership during school projects and Teamwork in group activities in class where they are supposed to work in a coordinated manner. Due to the CBC, teachers are constantly considering how skills and competences can be used in different parts of the curriculum. Also, indoor and outdoor activities that we run, like games, also allow learners to put in practice the skills they have learnt.
Next year, we would like to recruit more teachers onto the Skills Builder programme. We would also like to introduce the skills passport system so as to motivate the learners and introduce focused time for learners to engage with resources on the Hub.