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Published in CEMASTEA News Written by February 09 2021

Article by Dan Orero and Mary Sichangi, CEMASTEA

The virtual training course whose theme is, “Towards developing a quality gender-responsive STEM education through learner-centred teaching and learning practices” is being implemented under collaborative partnership between the Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) and the Education Development Trust (EDT). The aim is to develop teacher capacity in quality gender-responsive STEM education towards learner-centred teaching and learning practices. The training is targeting primary school teachers from Nairobi County.

  

Section of the participants during the opening ceremony

Since the emergence of COVID-19 health pandemic, in a bid to continue with the training CEMASTEA transformed its training modules to virtual platforms namely; Google classrooms, Zoom webinars and Padlet Media blackboard.

The chief guest during the opening ceremony was the Regional Director of Education, Nairobi County, Mr. Jared Obiero who recognized CEMASTEA’s efforts in hosting this important course. He pointed out that gender disparities still exist in performance in STEM education.

He informed the participants that the course will equip them with innovative teaching methodologies to enhance attainment and realization of improved performance in STEM subjects. He encouraged them to embrace and apply gender responsive pedagogy call measures in the respective schools.

The Director CEMASTEA, Mrs. Jacinta Akatsa thanked EDT for partnering with CEMASTEA to mount the course and for complimenting the Ministry of Education efforts to achieve its mandate. She mentioned that the course is designed to give the participants an interactive virtual experience.

 

Mrs. Jacinta L. Akatsa, HSC Director CEMASTEA

She further stated that CEMASTEA has transited its training materials to online and the course can be conducted virtually using various platforms. She said that the course will give the participants an opportunity to interact virtually as they discuss gender responsive pedagogy in STEM. Mrs. Akatsa encouraged them to use the knowledge and experience gained to help the learners achieve excellent results in STEM subjects.

While speaking to the participants the Deputy Director EDT, Sub Saharan Africa, Mr. Mark Rotich thanked the Ministry of Education, TSC and CEMASTEA for working together to implement such an important course. He mentioned that EDT believes in transformative ability of education and that is the reason for partnering with CEMASTEA.

 

Mr. Mark Rotich, the Deputy Director EDT, Sub Saharan Africa speaking during the opening ceremony

He emphasized that quality teaching is directly linked to learners’ outcome. He promised that EDT will continue partnering with CEMASTEA, Ministry of Education and TSC to ensure quality training and professional development towards improved learning outcomes.

Published in CEMASTEA News Written by February 09 2021

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) gives an opportunity to contribute in giving back to the society. Aligning with CEMASTEA’s mandate to provide continuous professional development of teachers in STEM education, The Centre’s CSR activities are a tool to help create awareness of its brand and programmes and put a smile on the faces of learners and teachers in schools through donations towards improving Mathematics and Science.

Through the Director, Mrs Jacinta L. Akatsa, North Highridge Secondary School, Nairobi County and Kyangwasi Secondary School in Makueni County, were pleased to receive a mobile lab, mathematics models among other maths and science equipment in January, 2021.

While receiving the equipment, Mrs. Jane Bunyansi, Principal, North Highridge Secondary School, Nairobi County, promised that the equipment would be put to good use in improving maths and science performance in the school. Hon. Timothy Wanyonyi Wetangula, Westlands Constituency Member of Parliament (MP), who had visited the school, applauded CEMASTEA for the tremendous work of supporting the school. He was positive that the mobile lab would assist the students. The Director, CEMASTEA urged the students to take more interest in science subjects and have a positive attitude in learning.  She was impressed with the students’ engagements in hands on activities and wished the candidates success in their forth coming exams.

 

 Left: Hon. Timothy Wanyonyi Wetangula (seated) receiving the Mobile Lab and other equipment fromMrs Jacinta L. Akatsa, HSC, Director CEMASTEA at Highridge Secondary School, as Mrs. Jane Bunyansi, the Principal, teachers and students look on.

 

  Nothing has been so difficult in the teaching profession than to define a mobile laboratory to form four students, but today, no more definitions since they have seen it.              ”

Mr Mailo Peter, Physics teacher North Highridge Secondary School

 

At Kyangwasi Secondary School in Makueni County, the Principal, Mr. Ken Kamendi thanked CEMASTEA for the donations. He celebrated the good work the Centre was doing in promoting mathematics and science in Africa. All present were in agreement that the school would perform better in the subjects. The guests included the Sub- County Director of Education, Mr Kinuthia members of the school board and sub county administrative officers. The Director CEMASTEA, Mrs Jacinta L. Akatsa, ably represented by Mr Mutua Muyanga, called on the teachers to work tirelessly in lifting the standards of the students and be more innovative in their teaching.

   

Mr. Mutua Muyanga, (second from right) presenting a list of laboratory equipment to the Principal and the guests present.

Right: The school principal, guests and teachers of the school