Thanks for the support .. We building this .. :) .. Feeback still needed ...
26-29th Nov - During the Nairobi # dbootcamp , I shared this Idea with the team i was part of and the were excited .. We put together a multidispline team and worked on a Hack( # myprimaryschool .. Possible code) ...
How might data be used to make a difference for young children?
Opendata from kenya on primary schools- available data sets ...
Attachments - ECD service standard guidelines for kenya 2006 (extract) note - the listing on Data stakeholder collect - How might we put it to work beyond the shelfs?
'Focus on learning outcomes rather than schooling inputs'
From a countries Profile - Kenya has a free public primary school education policy, which has been in operation for the last 13 years. " According to education impact audits, dropout rates and transition rates for children in these rural public schools are still wanting". Using relevant Data, communities need evidence based decision making for Change.
This concept is based on several practical concepts: Availability of mobile phones in most households, existence of an online community of schools, micro work and big data. An index designed to measure social sentiments will enable social listening in action, combining analytics with the vernacular languages and class/school outputs to provide insights on each school’s "community web radio" inputs and outputs. This "online web radio"/visualization tool in turn provides useful information for pedagogy design and relevant material information to the greater community and curriculum development partners and stakeholders.
working on a google docs .. cutting down on "space" will share soon ..
Playing around with paper.... sketchs .. hopefully by end weekend all the visualized - Some boring interface here.. might be just another community news blog beyond the back stage acts .. Which makes me think : How might this tool include the rest of the parents across the income divide? Maybe low income parents dont exist in "solitude", - In pure low income communities. (30° progress)
THE STATE OF THIS COMMUNITY
Christopher Muyekho ( chris) is a parent at Makutano S.A. primary school, in Bungoma county, western Kenya.
UNDERSTRANDING THE ROOT CAUSE TO THE PROBLEM
" The first barrier to learning for all is rigid school policies. The curriculum is set in such a way that you have to cover a certain amount of the syllabus, regardless of comprehension." - Ann, teacher, Nairobi, Kenya
in a recent interview Dr. Sara Ruto (Regional Manager of Uwezo E.A.) on being asked :
"If you were able to invest more time and money in reforming Africa's education systems, where would you start?
Sara: Arguably the most dysfunctional education systems, especially public schools, are to be found in Africa. This is related to a bigger problem that is twofold: a washed away value system and lack of imagination. It is herein I would invest my time and money. Values do not rest on the state; they rest in the individual and are 'lived'. Often they are called the 'soft skills' of having integrity, being accountable, and truthful. If the teachers lived this, together with parents and children, we would have the recipe to address the core issues. System reforms are missing out on the core problem, and investing more in the symptoms."
TOWARDS DIAGNOSIS -reading solutions from symptoms
This web tool will leverage on the Kenyan government’s commitment to facilitate digitization of its education system. With time, it is envisioned each public primary school will have an online presence / website
- Inequities in early childhood development, what the data say - unicef