Between the 15th and 19th of August 2016, GOAL Kenya hosted the Teachers Training on Positive Discipline at the Kenya Education Management Institute in Nairobi.
The event was well attended with 26 teachers from Daniel Comboni and Glory primary schools, two head teachers, three Ministry of Education staff, two GOAL staff, one ChildFund staff, one Plan International staff, one Life Skills Promoters staff, one rapporteur, one Kenya Education Management Institute staff, and one member of staff from the Teachers Service Commission.
The main aim of the training was to equip teachers with alternative ways of supporting and guiding attendees towards obtaining the necessary skills for shaping good behaviour without resorting to corporal punishment.
The training started with a word of prayer, followed by a brief introduction by the participants after which opening remarks were made by Mr.Gachathi representing the Ministry of Education, Faith Thuku representing the partners and the Guest of Honour, Sir Hassan -Director incharge of training at KEMI an agency for the Government with mandate to carry out research and training. The facilitator led the participants in stating their expectations for the training. Over the five days, a range of subjects were touched on from factors that influence child behaviour, to child abuse, to legal and policy instruments on child protection. The conversation was lively, the participants were eager to share in their experiences and knowledge, as well as to learn from one another.
The active participation of the teachers and various stakeholders present, allowed for an in-depth, collaborative process. An example of such participation took the form of a group exercise whereby participants were told the story of Tatu, a little girl transitioning from pre-school to primary school. As Tatu progressed into primary education, she developed a stammer and her handwriting became illegible. The group was tasked with assessing both Tatu, what the potential issues affecting her in her new school environment could be. They then discussed what their role as a teacher looks like in such a situation.
"Against their entry tests, participant’s knowledge, on average, grew by 19.71%. "
On the fifth and final day, a post workshop test was carried out which indicated that the workshop was a huge success. Against their entry tests, participant’s knowledge, on average, grew by 19.71%. The participants expressed how grateful and honoured they were to be the first one to be trained on positive discipline, and they promised to do their best to implement positive discipline in their schools. Internal monitoring will be done by the technical working group for the successful implementation of the positive discipline until it reaches the whole of Kenya.