Teachers at The Aga Khan Junior Academy, Nairobi extend a helping hand to the community

29 April 2007
“Improving standards and Teaching practices in Language Arts” is the project initiated by Reeshma Charania and Rosmina Gokrani, teachers at The Aga Khan Junior Academy.

The project which was founded by International Academic Partnership (IAP) involves teachers who work in community schools in the slum areas of Nairobi.

The International Academic partnership promotes global education and student-centred teaching at participating schools. The programme focuses on professional development for teachers and curricular innovation at all affiliated institutions.

Since its foundation in 1983, the IAP has linked schools in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America to create a living laboratory for the study of issues related to developing nations and to provide a forum for the dissemination of methods of cooperative teaching and learning.

Due to availability of funds from IAP, teachers from the Aga Khan Junior Academy, Nairobi, approached the Shepherd’s Orphanage and Educational centre (a centre caring for AIDS orphans) and offered their services as teacher trainers. The workshops which commenced in the months of February 2006 assisted teachers in employing the practices acquired through the workshops for effective teaching and learning.

As a result there was an increase in the level of effective teaching in the classroom. In addition, the trained teachers were able to take their learning into the community to develop other teachers unable to attend the initial workshops hence creating a critical mass.

The teachers have pledged to continue supporting the home in the form of service through sharing of skills, knowledge and time.