Community-based learning has officially kicked off in Mandera County with some 15 students who reported for their first day.
The objective of the programme is to engage learners in productive activities with a view to acquiring basic knowledge related to the pandemic and other practical life skills
The activities the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has suggested include weeding, cultivating, grazing animals, storytelling, planting, debating life issues, hygiene and other related activities.
Teachers are also expected to conduct learning activities with regard to reading, numeracy and other subjects.
Speaking during the opening of Komor Community Based Learning Center in Mandera East Sub County, TSC Director Hussein Hassan noted that the government is committed to building students’ life skills and make them more productive in real-life situations.
Hassan said TSC has already stationed 960 teachers for the program in the entire county as more stations will be opened within the county.
The government has engaged area chiefs and community policing elders to identify students from both primary and secondary learning institutions to be engaged in the Community based learning.
The centres will act as engagement centres to learners and make them more involved in learning activities for better education results in the region.
Reading will also be part of the learning process to build capacity among the learners in the region.
TSC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nancy Macharia directed all teachers under the Ministry to undertake community-based learning without charging parents with effect from August 12.
According to a circular released by the TSC boss, county and sub-county directors are expected to coordinate the programme in collaboration with officials from the Education, Health and Interior ministries.
Chiefs and their assistants will be central in the implementation of the programme.
The Interior ministry, through the Nyumba Kumi iniative, is expected to ensure all learners participate in the programme.