Students were greeted with new and engaging content as they returned to the iMlango classrooms after the short break this month.
The team behind the learning platform’s encyclopaedia, Q-Files, have added an online question and answer feature. A new question will be posted each week (e.g., why is the sea salty?) and the question will be answered with the aid of pictures, diagrams, videos, and an accompanying article. This is a great way to learn about new topics. We are working with Q-Files to generate specific questions that will help develop the iMlango students’ knowledge of key Life Skills topics, such as sanitation.
We are extremely excited to be working with the Great Debaters competition and television show in Kenya, and will be running our very own competition in schools using the iMlango learning platform to capture student responses to thought-provoking questions. Look out for more on this in next month’s update.
As ever, we continued to progress the Support Initiative and are making good progress. We aim to have parents and students in 130 schools benefiting from conditional payments in the coming weeks. The team are also working hard to deliver new community Wi-Fi sites in Makueni and Uasin Gishu County.
The field team have been busy accompanying the Girls’ Education Challenge team around schools in Makueni County for the programme’s quarterly review. They met with participating merchants and beneficiaries of the Support Initiative, observed teachers using content from the learning platform to conduct whole-class learning sessions, and witnessed one teacher give a presentation – with content sourced from the learning platform - on the importance of washing your hands. This was followed by a practical demonstration outside of the classroom. What this presentation demonstrates is that iMlango provides teachers and students with the necessary tools and skills to source and deliver information that is vitally important to the students’ health and wellbeing.
We’re very proud to announce that the iMlango programme was the winner of the Dóchas “Innovative Programme of the Year” Award. Presented by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins in Dublin to Camara Education, who made the application on behalf of the consortium, the Dóchas Awards celebrate innovative and inspiring work by people and organisations in Ireland working for global justice
Lastly, we have lots of great new content on the site - make sure to check out the Success Stories and Gallery pages to see how iMlango is making a real difference in Kenya.
Until next time,
The iMlango team