Education department was realized in Waldorf Kakuma Project in the year 2018 after receiving support and funding from UNICEF under the project called Learning for life which targeted both the refugee and host community children. Being in Kakuma for some time, school going children have been identified to have been exposed to harsh traumatic events during conflict from their original country and on the way to seek asylum and exposure to prolonged hunger thus damaging their physical, social and psychological wellbeing and development. These were identified as a gap that needed immediate intervention because notably most of these children were in the early years of school going category.
To be able to support them and realize a dream that Waldorf had to ensure these children have been given hope and a better life, Waldorf embarked on a partnership journey with other organizations which included: Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and Finn Church Aid ( FCA)in both Kakuma and kalobeyei camps to help train personnel who have close touch with this children giving them support to to able to offer psychosocial, emotional and educational support to be able to provide hope for the future of this children through learning for life project.
Waldorf through the funding and support from UNICEF was successfully able to carry out different activities to different category of people which included:
• Teacher training
• Mentorship program
• Parents training and
• Board of management training.
• Schools renovations
• ECD UNICEF Kits
Teacher training .Waldorf recognized that most teachers teaching children in schools were untrained and therefore took up the strategy of increasing the number of trained teachers which would also lead to better scholastic outcome of the children, teachers are given intense training to help this children in a child centered approach, the current CBC curriculum, material development, components of literacy and numeracy, child development, direct instructional method and induction on how to use ECD kits provided by UNICEF for the benefit of the child.
Teacher training certificate of participation award
Teacher training ongoing
Mentorship programme. The main objective was to give individualized support to the teacher to ensure they effectively instruct children using child centered approach method of instruction on competence based curriculum drawn from personal attributes.
Board of Management Training. These are elected parent representative in the school. Waldorf trains them on identification of their roles and functions in the school management, the discipline process within the school, education reforms which include CBC.
Board of Management training
Parents training. Parent have a key role in a child’s holistic upbringing and therefore are trained on the stags f child development, their collaboration on competence based curriculum, proper health and nutrition for these children.
Morning circle activity in a parents training
Ongoing session in parents training
UNICEF furthermore funded Waldorf to renovate five schools in Kakuma refugee camp to offer a safe space and environment for children which would also allow inclusion of all children.
Photos before renovation
UNICEF ECD kits are kits provided by UNICEF and distributed to the beneficiary children by Waldorf Kakuma Project; the Kits contain teaching and learning materials that come in different shapes, colors and designs. They are mainly used to support teaching and learning which mostly help children in counting numbers, identification of different shapes, differentiating colors, picture reading and creation of short exciting stories, and help the child interact more with the reality to become more creative
Learning for life project has been a successful journey and has seen great impact and outcome for both the refugee and host community since many children through the project have raised hope for a better tomorrow, developed high self-esteem and appreciated themselves while parents have realized their gaps and started playing their roles effectively in the upbringing of a morally upright child who has focus and hope for a better future and fully support their learning.
Waldorf Kakuma Project