"Bado mapambano" - Kiswahili for "continue striving"
greet their guests from America in song, and see it in their teacher’s enthusiastic embrace of 21 st century educational strategies. This summer, inspired by the positive attitudes of our partners in education, I led my fourth “Kenya Connect Teachers” professional development seminar at the Learning Resource Center in Wamunyu, Kenya. It was my 7 th trip here in 6 years, and I’ve seen first hand the results of working within a culture whose prevailing response to crushing poverty is gritty determination to succeed against all odds coupled with a boundless reservoir of sheer joy.
Our featured presenter was Ali Oliver-Krueger, executive and artistic director of the children’s theater and education company Interact Story Theatre, joining us for the second year. Over 50 new and returning Kenyan teachers joined us at the LRC for one of two 3 day sessions featuring innovative teaching strategies, integrating dramatic story telling and literacy. In the words of a Head Teacher observing our work for the first time, “if all teachers taught in this way, our students would really learn!” The sound of music and laughter mixed as teachers experienced highly engaging activities customized to suit the local school system.