The teachers of the Community Schools in the slums of Nairobi are frequently dedicated and committed. They work hard and do their best for their pupils. However, what they can do is limited because very few have any formal training. The barrier to the teachers getting trained is a simple one - money.
The majority of teachers have no more than a secondary school education equivalent to GCSE. A few will have a basic diploma and an even smaller number will have an education degree. Without the proper training, teachers are dependent of their basic talents (which is high in many cases) and guidance from other teachers. It does mean that doing the right thing is hit and miss.
The Porridge and Rice team are working on raising money specifically for the purposes of putting teachers through college and university to enable the teachers to provide a higher standard of education to their pupils. This in term will bring about better results obtained by pupils in national exams and hopefully more opportunities.
The overall goal is to empower Kenyans to improve their own lives, and we at Porridge and Rice see education as a key to realising this goal.
Teachers from Excel Emmanuel enjoying the warm springs on a school outing to Magadi.
Titus, head teacher at Excel Emmanuel, reviews a text book while Mary, the deputy teacher at Excel Emmanuel, looks on.