Cindi’s Hope Rescue Center, Nairobi (Eastleigh) and Naivasha, Kenya
The Centers provide complete care for orphaned and abused girls, ages 3 through 16 from Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, and Ethiopia.
In 2014, we took responsibility for all aspects of the reading, language, and math instruction for the two rescue centers. This includes all teacher training; training of coaches and project supervisors; and analyzing weekly student performance data and providing remedies for ensuring that all students are at mastery. Trained supervisors provide the ongoing support for Cindi’s Hope while we remain available as needed.
During 2014, we trained inmates in Embu women’s prison to teach Direct Instruction Spoken English (DISE) to other inmates. We also trained a DI teacher to teach DISE to South Sudanese widows whose families had been killed and who were subsequently in Nairobi taking care of South Sudanese orphans at Cindi’s Hope. Both groups of women needed English skills in order to gain any kind of employment in English-speaking Kenya.
Mayange A and B Schools, Mayange, Rwanda
Nine years ago, Rwanda switched from French to English as the non-native language. Outside of the capital city, Kigali, about 90% of the teachers speak English at about a 2nd grade level, yet must teach all subjects in English.
The Rwandan school year runs from mid-January through mid-November. During 2017/18 November-January break , we taught Direct Instruction Spoken English (DISE) to 50 teachers for 4 hours a day for 8 weeks. We trained 11 of the highest performing participants to become DISE instructors, forming our Cohort 1 DISE instructors. They continued the program for the remaining teachers for 1.5 hours a day for the rest of the school year. Six of those participants were trained mid-year to be Cohort 2 DISE instructors and began teaching secondary teachers at Mayange A.
GS Kamabuye and Mybo Primary schools, Rwanda
In 2018/19, DISE instructors from Mayange A and B taught DISE to 50 teachers at GS Kamabuye and Mybo Primary schools. The combined student population of the two schools is 3000. Eleven of the highest performing teachers from GS Kamabuye and Mybo Primary were trained as instructors to continue the instruction for the rest of the school year. By mid-year, we expect another 5-8 teachers to become instructors.
Mayange A and B
Rwanda has a policy that, during the school day, all students must receive the national curriculum. This means that it is impossible to implement the research-proven spoken English program we use to be included. However, we are able to offer the program as afternoon English club, and teachers are confident nearly all students will be anxious to participate. The trained instructors at Mayange A and B will offer this to P6 students (6th graders) when school starts in January.
There is no national curriculum for students in N1-N3 (3-6 year old children). A pilot program will be started in two N3 classrooms using a research-proven beginning language program. These teachers, who must have previously gone through one year of spoken English training, will be trained to use the beginning language program. This component of the project will commence in July-August of 2019.
The mayor of Nyamata (largest city in Bugesera District) has requested the spoken English instruction be offered to the community leaders—District office staff, business leaders, hospital and police administration, and teacher college staff. A late-afternoon pilot program comprised of about 30 people will begin in July-August, 2019.
Nyamata Teacher Training College Four college instructors were trained to teach the spoken English program. They are presently teaching one group comprised of other college instructors and another group of teacher interns.
In the coming years, we hope to:
● Continue teacher training in other schools, increasing the number of schools served each year.
● Expand the P6 student instruction to additional schools that have received teacher training in spoken English.
● Expand N2/3 student instruction to additional schools that have received teacher training in spoken English.
● Expand the community training program to a wider range of community members using trained community members as instructors.
● Begin training secondary teachers in multiple schools.
● Train high performing graduating secondary students to be spoken English instructors. Basic business skills will be taught so that these instructors can set up businesses teaching spoken English anywhere in Rwanda.