With a ten-year track record in India, Global Schoolroom is now entering into an exciting new stage in its mission to eradicate poverty, promote economic development and build sustainable communities through the provision of quality education. We are currently expanding our programmes to Sierra Leone and Kenya for the first time in 2017.
A pilot programme sponsored by the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny based on schools in the Makeni and Kono areas of Sierra Leone commenced in July 2017 and will produce a template for teacher professional development and in-service for integration with the State education infrastructure. The impact of these programmes will be to create a cohort of knowledgeable, professional and expert Teacher Tutors who will develop the skills to initiate professional development in their schools and districts. The two chosen locations have a good mix of both SJC private schools and Government schools and is therefore representative of the teaching population as a whole.
‘Vision 2030’ the Kenyan Government’s National Development Plan, aims to create ‘a globally competitive and prosperous nation with a high quality of life by 2030’. ‘Vision 2030’ recognises technical training as crucial to achieving the economic, social and political pillars of the plan.
Over the next 3 years, Global Schoolroom will continue to work with St. Columba’s to build the capacity of teachers in the region so that they will be empowered as trainers of future teachers in St. Columba’s and in partner technical schools in Kitui County. Global Schoolroom also proposes to work with St. Columba’s to raise the profile of technical education in Kenya more generally and to drive a re-imaging of quality education in Kenya.
Global Schoolroom is developing key partnerships with Irish missionary congregations, in both Kenya and Sierra Leone, to identify and address the knowledge and skills deficits in teacher education.