About the programme
The roll out of the
competency-based curriculum in Kenya represents a significant change for
teachers and teacher educators, not just in terms of what is to be taught, but
in how it is to be taught, with much more emphasis on active engagement and on
the importance of teaching a range of skills to all learners. There has also
been an increased focus by the Ministry of Education on inclusion and inclusive
education practices, as well as an emphasis on technology-enabled teacher
development for better learning outcomes.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has made it necessary for educators to
think about the learning environment
outside of the classroom, as may learners are learning at home with some support from their teachers. In the context of such significant changes, ‘one off’ training
sessions are unlikely to have an impact. Teachers and teacher educators need to
be supported, using technology, to learn, practise and reflect upon new skills.
Through its Teacher Futures
programme, COL has supported the Kenya Institute of Special Education to
develop a School-Based Teacher
Development Programme on Inclusive Education. In the current phase, the
training programme targets some 700 teachers in 20 schools, and is likely to
impact more than 21,000 learners. The course resources are available online,
alongside a downloadable Training Handbook.
The programme may open for access by more teachers outside of the
initial project schools in the near future.