Training to support government reforms in primary school on French [fr]
The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), played host to 47 French teachers recently appointed as part of the Kenyan education reform and participated in training in FLE (French as a Foreign Language) methodology for the elementary cycle.
This is a joint initiative between the French Embassy and the Kenyan Ministry of Education to support the hiring of 47 French teachers in the elementary cycle. The FLE in pedagogical training was conducted by an associate expert from France Éducation International (FEI, formerly CIEP) and built the basis for a new institutional dialogue.
This reform is in line with the "Vision 2030" which is the country’s national strategy, and considers education as a crucial driver for achieving Kenya’s social and economic development. In this context, the reform focuses on the development of curricula that define minimum standards for each level to ensure that the learner is properly guided and has the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to progress.
Foreign languages (Arabic, German, French and Mandarin) will be offered as an option (2 sessions of 30 minutes per week) from grade 4. The "foreign language" option is offered in the same way as local dialects, sign language and Braille.
The Language Cooperation Department at the French Embassy in Kenya is supporting this reform on foreign language teaching by offering this continuous training programme in line with Kenyan educational policy. This pedagogical training, provided by an associate expert from France Éducation International, Ghislaine Bellocq, will be followed by general training in the new 4th year curricula.
The training, which took place between 24th and 29th November 2019 in Nairobi in 2 X 15 hours, provided methodological and practical contributions on the pedagogical principles to be adopted for language teaching every 10 to 13 years, as well as pedagogical and evaluative practices, approaches and tools to be implemented to promote learning for 10 to 13 year-olds.
In future, some of these 47 teachers will be invited to attend a 30-hour "French in the elementary cycle" workshop, offered as part of the BELC, a regional summer school that the Language Cooperation Department at the French Embassy in Kenya is organizing in 2020, like 4 other countries around the world, in partnership with France Éducation International and with support from the Institut Français.