PeaceBuilders is an organization that provides training for teachers, parents and others involved in the lives and wellbeing of young children and teens. The training goes beyond the nurturing and disciplinary aspects usually associated with child care, and also strives for a peaceful environment more conducive to learning.
School children have asked government to explain its commitment to end rampant child labour in the country. The children, in both primary and secondary schools, said despite several efforts and the laws in place, child labour has persisted, thereby posing dangers to their growth and health. “We are always abused. Is it right for children to work in construction companies? What solution do you have for those who employ children in bars and other places and what is government doing to such entrepreneurs?” Hamidu Kamoga, a secondary school student from Comprehensive College, Kitetikka in Wakiso District said.
An education official has blamed teachers in Narok North district for the poor performance in national examinations. Director of Quality Assurance and Standards Enos Oyaya said teachers don’t prepare for lessons and as a result fail to communicate the issues they are supposed to be well versed with.
Speaking at Narok Model Primary School during the District Education Day, Oyaya said teachers also create a bad environment for learners. He said this has made many students dislike some subjects, something that has impacted negatively on education standards in the district.
“Students perform poorly in math and science subjects because teachers are incompetent, the National Council for Science and Technology has said. The council said most graduates from tertiary institutions are half-baked. “I have visited more than 40 public schools and institutions across the country and I can tell you for sure some of the math and science teachers are just incompetent,” said NCST boss Prof Shaukat Abdulrazak.”—allAfrica.com: Kenya: Teachers Blamed for Poor Maths Results
[KENYA} TEACHERS have told the government to allocate money for hiring teachers or prepare for a national strike in seven days.
Union boss David Osiany said despite setting a target to employ 28,000 teachers by 2012, the government decided not to allocate money in this year’s estimates. “It is obvious the government has overlooked the current teachers deficit that is now taking its toll on the quality of education and we cannot just sit and watch as education standards are compromised,” Osiany said.
The video recorded by the teacher on a cellphone shows a classroom full of very young children lying on the floor. The teacher is heard gently asking her students to keep their heads on the floor while shots are heard in the background. She reassures the children that everything is ok, and that they’ll be safe in the classroom, reminding them to keep their heads down. To distract them, she starts singing with them. She selects the Raindrop Song from the Barney show: in Spanish, it wonders about what would happen if raindrops were made out of chocolate and how you’d open the mouth wide to catch them all. By getting the children to sing the song she managed not only to keep them calm but also to have them stay with their heads on the floor, as she prompted them to turn over and look up to the sky with their mouths opened wide.
Full-day kindergarten may be having a negative effect on the learning and personal development of some children, according to new research.
Early results from a pilot study focusing on two classrooms in southwestern Ontario revealed that teachers in a regular school setting were often caught in the tension that exists between meeting curriculum expectations and teaching to student interests.
The International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) brings outstanding secondary school teachers from around the globe to the United States to further develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills, and increase their knowledge about the United States.
The program also brings US secondary school teachers to the home schools of international alumni to collaboratively develop workshops and share best practices. International alumni are eligible to apply for small grants to implement self-designed projects that benefit their home schools and communities.
NEW YORK, USA, 9 May 2011 – More than 175 million children are estimated to be affected each year by climate-related disasters. While coping with climate change is becoming essential, so is preparing future generations to deal with the aftermath of disasters and adapt to the ever-changing climate.
UNICEF Radio moderator Amy Costello discussed how education is empowering youth to participate in civil society with Asmaa Elbadawy, a young researcher for the Population Council’s office in Egypt and an expert within the Division of Poverty, Gender and Youth; and Mohammed Naseehu Ali, a writer, musician and teacher from Ghana whose fiction and essays have been published in The New Yorker and the New York Times.