Kilifi, KENYA: A total of 110 Early Childhood Development (ECD) teachers from Kilifi County have benefited from the Active learning program funded by Madrasa Resource Training Institute from Mombasa and the Aga Khan Foundation.
The training basically calls for the use of locally available resources to teach children in the ECD centers in the County.
Addressing the teachers who recently graduated from the program at Juwaba hall during the day to celebrate World Teachers day on Wednesday, Madrasa Resource Training Institute (MRTI) Assistant Program Director Mas-ad Omar said the institution is targeting to training more than 300 ECD teachers in the County.
“We have undertaken ECD teachers’ training program for the last 30 years and we are here today to celebrate the day which was set aside by United Nation Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) since 1994 to realize the efforts done by ECD teachers,” said Omar.
“In Kilifi alone, we have trained more than 200 Pre-primary teachers and we are targeting to train at least 300 ECD teachers,” he added.
Kilifi County director in charge of ECD James Angore, said the county has employed more than 500 care givers to work in the county’s ECD centers.
He assured the teachers of permanent employment, immediately the Scheme of Service for ECD teachers from the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) is ready.
“We hope that the scheme of service will be ready by January next year.This will provide a clear guideline on how the ECD teachers will be employed by the County Governments.” Said Angore.
Ruth Oloo from the Aga Khan Foundation in Nairobi, said the organization had teamed up with Madrasa Resource Training Institute (MRTI) in implementing the training of pre-primary school teachers in several parts of the Country.
“We have been able through the MRTI to reach to hundreds of pre-primary teachers who have gone through various trainings in several parts of the country,” she said.
Barke Mohamed, one of the beneficiaries of the trainings from Malindi, thanked both the Aga Khan Foundation and the MRTI for assisting her to join the pre-primary course in Kilifi.
“I am in my third year sponsorship from Madrasa Resource Training Institute (MRTI),that has been paying for my pre-primary teachers training at Kilifi Township where the program is being implemented,” she said.