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Ariam commented on The Nairobi Play Project

Thanks Isaac Jumba! Just sent you an email.

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Ariam commented on The Nairobi Play Project

Thanks Isaac! We work directly with community-based organizations in Kakuma and Nairobi. Xavier Project thus far is our key partner, but we're looking to work with many more. Xavier Project conducts all the recruitment, they have a strong partnership with UNHCR, provide scholarships to refugee adolescents and other support. Our model is to build sustainable capacity around the technical piece of the program (curriculum, assessment, teacher PD) for these organizations that are community-run and are experts in recruitment, community-dynamics, etc, which leverages both of our skillsets and prevents overlap and a waste of resources. Our ultimate goal is to create sustainability by building on the existing ecosystem and addressing the gaps (which we would then build capacity around, rather than try to fill ourselves).

Yes our long-term plan is for the model to be aligned to the new competency based curriculum (once computer science standards are published) and integrated into the regular school day. We have had conversations with many schools who are interested in the program. The curriculum will also be reviewed and available free of charge on the Kenya Education Cloud (DLP devices) through the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, which will make it available to millions of students and teachers.

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Ariam commented on The Nairobi Play Project

Dear Nalini,

Thank you for your incredibly helpful and thoughtful feedback, we have and will continue to incorporate it into our program design and implementation. We are developing a teacher training kit which codifies our model and provides teachers with techniques and structure for facilitating the program, but we need to develop more of a framework for evaluating teachers' performance and ongoing feedback with our implementing partners/CBO's. Some of our partners do not have the capacity which is where the challenge and design opportunity exists to create something more modular and create/use existing teacher networks. We also have a program-level theory of change we will be sure to incorporate, and regarding community engagement, we always strive to co-design and co-create with communities, and at at the same time take great care/consideration not to trigger conflict. As you suggested, our approach here can be to work with a couple of caretakers who currently see the value in the intercultural goals of the program and would be interested in championing it to negotiate some of these tensions with other caretakers (as some of our teachers have).

thank you again!
Ariam