School-Based Teacher Development on Inclusive Education
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.