Update from the FHF Safe Inclusive Schools team in Kenya
Carolyn Francis, Carolyn Thorne, and Liz Townsend are in Kenya from March 6 to 26 to lead workshops and school visits on Positive Learning for All, the third stage in the SIS Project.
After a night in Nairobi, we drove about 2.5 hours to Mukurwe-ini to the home of our hosts Gerald and Grace Kariuki. What a spectacular place they have on top of a hill overlooking terraced farmland. Like their neighbours, Gerald & Grace grow coffee, bananas, and macadamia nuts. They also keep milk cows, hens, and goats. It’s so dry right now that the pending rains will be more than welcome.
Gerald has been an important Farmers Helping Farmers (FHF) organizer in Mukurwe-ini for over 20 years. He was also a key person while FHF supported growth of the Wakulima Dairy – but that’s another story!
This time Gerald set up two days of workshops, school visits, and various other meetings.
We welcomed around 30 workshop participants who stayed with us for the two days.
The first discussions were on discipline issues and ideas for positive discipline to replace corporal punishment that is against the law in Kenya.
What excitement we had as they participated in learning educational strategies like “carousel” where groups moved from table to table to add ideas on flip charts on Positive Discipline for All.
By Day 2 we moved into creative mapping by groups who were asked to draw on flip charts and present to everyone an ideal inclusive and accessible school.
Now we’re off to conduct similar workshops and school visits in the Meru district.
To read more about Safe Inclusive Schools, visit our Farmers Helping Farmers website!