How does this happen?
The teachers designed a hand written assessment covering the content that was covered in term one and a little of term two for the first day of the assessments. The assessment is issued to the pupils to copy into their exercise books. This is done in a systematic way for all the grades. The pupils then take the exercise books home with them to complete schoolwork during the week.
Each pupil will leave behind one exercise book with the teachers for the drafting of the next assessment. This will help reduce the time the pupils will be in the school compound since the assessments would have already been copied out by the teachers.
What are the benefits of this plan?
This initiative will help the children grow academically and also keep them close to the school, ensuring continuity when the schools are finally allowed to reopen (hopefully January 2021). It will also raise the profile of the centre by highlighting the extra effort that is being made to assist the Future Stars pupils.
This initiative also aims to create awareness amongst the parents regarding how to engage their children on positive activities that lead to good morals and behavioural change due to the fact that Kibera as a community is not a good environment for a child to grow in without strict supervision.
There are additional plans laid down to involve all of the Future Stars pupils in extracurricular activities.
The resident children of Future Stars have begun urban farming, with kale, tomatoes and onions, on a small scale. We also have started poultry farming with the resident children. We are looking forward to incorporating the entire school as we gradually increase to a larger scale. This aims to keep the pupils occupied in positive activity, teach important and useful life skills, and also encourage a sense of responsibility.
Can you help?
Education during the pandemic does come at a cost: paying teachers, providing snacks, and ensuring the children have access to and use the appropriate hygiene measures. Hand washing in particular will be emphasised and this will significantly increase our ‘soap budget’.
Any donations will make a very real difference, especially as Chaffinch’s usual fundraising has suffered as a result of restrictions in the UK.