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KICD to forge ahead with new curriculum plans


The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development has said it is proceeding with the implementation of the new curriculum after getting approval from the Education ministry.

Director Julius Jwan on Sunday said that the activity is being conducted within globally acceptable standards.

“Claims that the reform agenda had stalled are misleading and meant to cause unnecessary panic,” he said, adding that findings of an audit done by the agency were not conclusive.

“We cannot only rely on an internal evaluation. We need a third eye to generate comparative findings on our state of preparedness for a full rollout. That is why even piloting was necessary to bring out gaps so that they can be fixed.”

By CR

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5 Things Kids Will Teach You About Communication


For the last six months, I’ve spent at least twenty hours a week with other people’s kids. Mostly I teach them how to do cartwheels, wait in line, and drink from the drinking fountain without splashing water all over their tiny leotards. Sometimes, I get to just talk to them. They’ve taught me a lot.

1. Kids (and grown-ups) pretty much just want to talk about themselves.

I’ve learned that asking questions is the best way to get a kid talking. When I have a shy kid, I ask them how many toes they have. When kids are early for class and we have a few minutes to kill, I ask them what they had for breakfast. When we’re waiting for a straggler to catch up, I ask if anyone went to a birthday party recently. If you ask how school was, they say “fine”; if you ask what they’re learning about in science class, they light up and give a better answer that leads to more questions. Sometimes you get great answers:

Me: What’s your favorite animal?

Three-year-old: Strawberry.

Me: What’s your [stuffed] stingray named?

Three-year-old: Four.

I started asking questions because I was curious. What are school lunches like these days? How many after-school classes are these overworked kids in? What do they do on days off from school? Pretty quickly, I realized it’s a good way to get them talking and engaging with me as a real person, not just someone who demands straight legs and pointed toes.

I’m not a great small talker with people my own age. I’ve learned that “how was your day” or “what do you do” don’t usually spur the greatest conversations. Instead, I’ve started asking what their spirit animal is or what their favorite building in Chicago is or, yes, even what they had for breakfast. These things are just more fun to talk about.

2. Ask why.

When working at the gym, I give a lot of very clear directions like “don’t touch the bar”. Naturally, some mysterious cosmic force will lure at least one chubby little hand into grabbing the aforementioned bar. In moments like this, instead of flopping on my belly and flailing my hands around with exasperated wails like a toddler in a grocery store checkout line, I ask why. Usually, the kid looks at me for a second, then up at the ceiling, and says “I don’t know”. Sometimes they say, “Because I wanted to”. Then I say, “Maybe think before you do it next time”. Then I make them go to the end of the line, because that’s the biggest punishment ever for a little girl that just wants to swing on the bars. I’m not exactly trying to teach them the ways of the world, but I am (hopefully) helping them think through their motives and actions.

When dealing with difficult adults, I’ve adopted the same tactic. When a freelance client got frustrated recently, I asked why instead of immediately getting defensive like usual. She took a moment to think, then explained that she was sick of the back-and-forth and felt like nothing was really moving forward. We talked it out a bit, then tried to move on. The problem wasn’t necessarily solved, but I felt like we made progress (if just mindset-wise). Adults already know how to express their emotions, but they don’t always consciously know what’s making them say the things they say or do the things they do.

3. Make sure they’re listening.

With dealing with three-year-olds, I ask them to put their hands on their bellies if they can hear me. At that moment, it becomes pretty clear who’s listening and who’s not: the one little dumpling staring into space suddenly realizes that she’s the only one with her hands NOT on her belly. With the older ones, I call them out: “Clementine, can you demonstrate that again? I don’t think Katniss was watching”. (Seriously, kid’s names these days.) I save my best trick for little boys and bouncy little girls: they get to hold my hand until they stop doing whatever they’re not supposed to be doing.

With adults, you can’t quite pull the hands-on-your-belly trick. Instead, I make it about me: “Before we leave, can you walk me through the summary again? I want to make sure I noted everything we talked about.” Sometimes, I make it clear that what they just agreed to with a flippant ‘yes’ directly affects them: “Are you sure that you want to go that route? It will most likely significantly add to the total cost.” Once they hear that they might have to pay more, they’re suddenly better listeners. Magic!

4. Pinky promises are binding.

In every class with kids under the age of seven, one of the chocolate-smeared lovable goblins inevitably asks when they can jump in the foam pit as if they are entitled to do so. Usually, I make a deal: if we get through all of the things we’re supposed to get through, we can jump in the pit at the end of class. We check in regularly: are we all being good listeners? Did little Madagascar resist the siren-like calls of the trampoline? We can jump in the pit!

Uh-oh. Did we have to wait three minutes before walking on the balance beams because Chester went rogue and ran around the gym six times before collapsing into a sugar-fueled fit? No pit today. Did Oksana smack Laurent in the face because he wouldn’t scooch down the big purple mat? No pit today.

Some coaches feel guilty and still give the reward anyway. Not me. I’m steely. No amount of four-year-old whining will make me crumble. In fact, whining makes me stronger! Consequences, people. You have to do the same thing with adults. Promises are promises. Did you say you were going to show up to dinner at seven? Be there at seven. Did you tell them that additional revisions will incur additional charges? Charge them, even if they get whiny. It goes both ways. Compromise is good, of course, but certain lines (like ‘sign here’ lines on contracts) need to be drawn.

5. Don’t bring anyone else down.

When you coach five classes right in a row and the first one had three screaming fits, nine trips to the potty, and approximately seven hundred blank stares, it can be really tricky to put on a smile for another group of germ-filled, fully-charged gremlins. It’s tempting to sit down and say, “I’m crabby. Don’t push my buttons”, but kids either don’t understand your immense frustration or take it as a challenge. So put on that fake smile (hey, they can’t tell) and run around like a camel or a unicorn or whatever they’re feeling that day. Energy is contagious. I also usually try something different: if my first class wasn’t feeling forward rolls, I start with cartwheels.

Nothing’s worse than having an awful day and coming home to your roommate/SO/dog having the time of their life. Or vice-versa. I hate having my mellow harshed, and I don’t particularly want to harsh anyone else’s mellow. Sometimes you want to bring someone down into your pit of doom with you, but that’s just going to result in two angry people (or one angry adult and eight confused and unlucky kids). Take a breather, try to let it go, and deal with it later. Of course, any good roommate/SO/dog will want to help you with your problems. Let them, then move on.

Communicating with kids is simple. You’re there to play with them, to teach them, and to protect them. If you’re bigger than them, they literally and metaphorically look up to you. Adults are trickier, especially when you’re used to talking about mermaids and basic shapes most of the time. Be patient and be nice.

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By Kanyongope Martin

​Picture of armless teacher writing with her teeth on the board goes viral education


MADAM ENYONAM Several reports have it that an armless teacher identified as Madam Enyonam has become an internet sensation after a picture surfaced showing her teaching children in a class despite her disability. In the picture below, the lady who is a mathematics teacher can be seen writing on a board with her teeth holding the pen cos she doesn’t have hands.

It is reported that she is a teacher at R/C Addo-Agyiri School. The picture has been part of many celebrated on twitter with the hashtag #GhanaTrueHero. One of those celebrated is the picture showing a Ghanaian school teacher teaching his students computer lessons by drawing the whole outlook on the blackboard instead of using a computer.

Asides getting attention from Microsoft, a Ghanaian actress, Fella Makafui also offered to help the teacher. The pictures detailed the stress faced by the teacher as he had to draw the whole icons of a Word processing window on the board with a chalk.

The Ghollywood actress, who recently lost her friend Ebony Reigns in an auto crash, took to her Instagram page to share the pictures and called on anyone with information on how to contact the school’s management so that she and her Fella Makafui Foundation can help with donations. She wrote:

  • Hello Ghana, Can some one kindly help me with information to access this school or it’s Administration, so that I can make some donations to the school. Education is the strongest foundation to help our Motherland attained a developed “Country Status” Hence my desire to support this school with modern Computers. It is sad that even as in this new phase of our world some communities and schools don’t have access to computers … PLEASE HELP ME LOCATE THE SCHOOL !!!! Send me a private message in my DM with the Location or contact details or call my management on 0543558381 … Thank You and God Bless Ghana .. @fellamakafuifound

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​*Today is World ‘Penis Day’….Funny but Educative….*


If you’re not up to 18 years please go to the next Article or Post…


*A true friend is like a Penis, he stands up for you in times of need. A genuine friend is like a Bra, she supports you at all times. A faithful friend is like a Condom, he protects you from all harm, A loving friend is like a Vagina, she accomodates you fully despite the size of yr problem, what kind of a friend are you to me? Penis, Bra, Condom, or Vagina friend?*

*Do u know that the Penis is d greatest breakfast ever?  According to doctors it has a mushroom head, a sausage body, two eggs and milk which provides nutrients. Thus making ladies healthy and full for 9 months*.

 *Besides it has 3 good manners too*

1)  *Its very courteous, it stands before it performs*

2)  *It is very emotional, it weeps during performance* 

 3) *It is polite, it bows after  performing.*.

*Show to ladies and to men to make them happy and proud of themselves!.                                             

⭕1) Kamasutra says : If you suck one nipple, the woman herself offers the other one. And that was the origin of “buy one get one free!”*

⭕2) *Did you ever notice: everything on a woman’s upper body starts with a “B”. Blouse, Bra, Bikini, Boobs & lower body with a “P” Peticoat, panties, pussy… That’s origin of BP!*

⭕3)  *Before sex, you help each other get naked. After sex, you dress only yourself. Moral: In life no one helps you once you’re fucked*.

⭕4) *Success is like ‘pregnancy’. Everybody congratulates you but nobody knows how many times you got fucked to achieve it*.

⭕5) *Life is like a dick, sometimes it becomes hard for no reason*.

6) *Practical thought: A husband is supposed to make his wife’s panties wet, not her eyes. A wife is supposed to make her husband’s dick hard, not his life*.

*When a lady is pregnant, all her friends touch her stomach & say “Congrats”!*

*But none of them come and touch the man’s Penis and say “Well done”!*

*Moral: “Hard work is never appreciated: “Only results matter”*

*Now that I’ve educatededucated You!*:D

*”Happy Penis Day”*


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Its disappointing! Oby Ezekwesili reacts to President Buhari saying he needs to protect his emotions on the missing Chibok girls matter


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Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, has reacted to President Buhari’s comment in his CNN interview where he stated that he has not seen the proof of life video released last month by CNN where 15 of the Chibok girls were recorded by Boko Haram showing they are alive and well. In the interview, President Buhari said he has to protect his own emotions in issues pertaining to the missing girls.
“I haven’t seen that video but even if I see it, I will be very careful about showing it to the families. There is no point to deliberately raise hopes of the families if you can’t meet them. I saw the families as a group twice. One, they came to visit my wife, two, they came as a group to see me and the less I see them the better for my own emotional balance. I try to imagine y 14 year old daughter, 14-18, missing for more than two years and trying to imagine what condition are they in. Art lot of the parents will rather see their grave than imagine the condition they are in now. Its tragic”he said
Ezekwesili feels Buhari’s comments are disappointing.

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What the promise of education did for me:


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As a country, we need to ensure that the quality of a child’s education is not dependent on the neighborhood where he or she grew up.

For me, that’s personal. I grew up in the projects, surrounded by poverty, drugs, and violence. At the age of 17, I became a mom.

Growing up, education was never seen as a pathway to success in my family, yet my teachers believed in me. Some of them even let me borrow books to read at home.

They challenged me to imagine myself in a different set of circumstances, no matter how difficult. They encouraged me to do more, be more, expect more, and become the first in my family to go to college. They inspired me to become a teacher so I could make the same kind of impact in my own students’ lives — a teacher whose influence extends beyond the classroom.

Their support took me far. Today, I’m at the White House to be honored by President Obama as the 2016 National Teacher of the Year.

Tune in at 4:30 pm Eastern to watch President Obama thank our nation’s top educators for their hard work and celebrate teachers across the country who are giving students a chance to succeed.

There are few presidents in our country’s history who have believed as passionately in the power of a quality education for all of our young people as President Obama does.

That’s why I’m particularly excited to join President Obama this year, only months after he signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA — a major step toward reshaping how our federal government supports the education provided to our young people.

As a teacher, I am always reflecting on my practice. Did a lesson go as I thought it would? (They rarely do.) Where did students struggle, and where did they succeed? ESSA is a great representation of this reflective process: It cements critical policies, like holding high standards for teaching and learning, while also allowing states and districts flexibility in creating policies to address the diverse needs of our students.

I’m grateful for the President’s leadership on education throughout his time in office. Through all of the hardships and struggle, when I stand in front of my classroom, I see nothing but promise in the faces of the students looking back at me. That’s a powerful thing — and something the President knows is worth fighting for.

Thank you,

Jahana

Jahana Hayes Waterbury, Connecticut

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