COL’s work in Kenya primarily addresses farmer and teacher education, open educational resources (OER) and technical and vocational education.
Lifelong Learning for Farmers
- COL supported Kenya’s rural population to find appropriate technology-based solutions to improve their livelihoods. Vulnerable rural women and their families have been empowered to create their own self-directed learning process, organise themselves to solve the challenges of food security, and improve their living conditions.
- An L3F study in Kenya showed that a 1 per cent increase in empowerment can increase the profits of enterprises by 2.3 per cent. The study also revealed that L3F farmers have higher average empowerment scores than their non-L3F counterparts. The study found that combining learning with social and financial capital was the critical success factor for empowerment.
- COL supported Siaya SEED SACCO in championing the integration of L3F in Kenya’s cooperative sector.
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OER for Skill Development
- A five-day hands-on workshop on OER course development was conducted for 11 vocational and technical trainers from Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology, Kisumu, Kenya. The purpose of the workshop was to develop a 100-hour certificate course on solar PV technology, which has since been offered by the institute.
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- COL supported Elimu Digital Media to develop 117 science and 96 vocational television programmes, which are available online and broadcast on Elimu Digital Media.
- COL launched impact studies of two Elimu Digital Media projects: enabling quality secondary science education through ICT and media; and enabling access to skill-based education for out-of-school youths.
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- Open Resources for English Language Teaching (ORELT) materials are being used to improve the teaching of English in Kenya, reaching 300 teachers and 714 students. ORELT comprises a collection of open content (OER) — including multimedia resources that are available in online, offline and printed formats — that supports classroom teaching in junior secondary schools.
- Three East African universities, including Egerton University in Kenya, in August 2016 collectively launched a project called DigiTeacher. This project addresses the challenges arising from the integration of information and communication technologies (ICT) in teaching and learning in the region. Through the DigiTeacher project, the three universities are designing a Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate in ICT Integration in Education.
- In response to market demands that require innovative educational methods, Kenyatta University in 2016 transformed the course materials in its teacher training course from simple print-based modules to vibrant, multimedia e-content.
- Twenty-one teacher-educators have been trained in a wide array of topics, including OER, social media, models of technology integration, and planning for technology integration.
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Technical and Vocational Skills Development
- Sixteen course plans that integrate the sustainable development principles of economic growth, environmental conservation and social inclusion were developed at a workshop hosted by the Kenya Technical Trainers’ College. The workshop included educators from Kenya and resulted in plans for cascading the training to other teachers.
- Kenya adopted COL’s flexible and blended (FaB) TVET model and increased their partnership to 44 institutions.
- At a five-day workshop in Nakuru, Kenya in May 2016, six INVEST Africa Master Champions worked in collaboration with COL’s Open Educational Resources Adviser to train 36 new Champions in the FaB TVET model and in open, distance and flexible learning institutional policy.
- COL supported Thika Technical Training Institute in capacity building for a tracer study to collect data on the outcomes for learners.
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