Kenya School of Monetary Studies
Globally, it is an established fact that Earth science is not as present as other science disciplines (e.g., biology, physics, mathematics). In many African countries, Earth science appears at the end of high-school, if not at the university. This situation represents a major challenge for students selecting Earth related subjects at university level. Kenya embarked on a curriculum review, this was an opportunity to reflect on the status of Earth science in the current curriculum so as to inform policy makers on how to improve this discipline in the ongoing reform process.
The workshop aimed to:
- Sensitize teachers and education stakeholders on the need to promote Earth science education in Kenyan schools;
- To discuss with about 20 teacher’s hands on tools for teaching Earth science in schools;
- Engage discussions with stakeholders on how best to slot more Earth science topics in the ongoing process of curricula reform in Kenya.
The workshop involved lectures, breakout sessions and deliberations in plenary.
By end of the workshop:
- Participants had a clear understanding of why and how Earth Science needs to be promoted in schools;
- 20 teachers had knowledge on using modern hands on Earth science teaching tools;
- Participants had made recommendations on the inclusion of more Earth science into the new curriculum.
The Workshop was organized a by
- UNESCO Regional office for Eastern Africa
- Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM)
- University of Nairobi
- with Support of Swedish International Development Cooperative Agency (Sida)
Dr. Daniel Ichang'i and Dr. Dennis Waga