An initiative of Jaslika members, the Cup is awarded in recognition of schools that nurture positive values and resilience despite many contextual and resource constraints.
This blog piece summarises a presentation made by Dr Sheila Wamahiu at the “Enhancing Equity” session of the International Conference on Early Childhood Development in October 2018, organised jointly by the Africa Early Childhood Network (AfECN) and co-hosted with the Government of Kenya.
The Positive Deviance (PD) study in public primary schools in Kenya, which began in February 2017 was finalised in June 2018. Prior to its finalisation, the study findings were disseminated in Dar-es-Salaam at an international conference, and through five workshops in the study locales in Kenya.
Jaslika tested its rapid safety, health and environment risk assessment initiative on 27th March 2019. On invitation from the principal, a team consisting of two environment and education experts from Jaslika visited a public secondary school in the Central region of Kenya towards the end of Term 1. The name of the school principal and the school shall remain anonymous consistent with our confidentiality and ethics policy.
The rapid assessment combined two methodologies: First, we held informal discussions with representatives of the school’s Board of Management. Second, we did open ended observations carried out through a school walkabout. The school walkabout enabled the team to survey the school environment and facilities. Based on these, we provided feedback to the school on potential risks to the school community, and made specific recommendations for the school Board to consider.
Our feedback and recommendations focused on the following:
Safe removal and disposal of asbestos
Safe water sources, including the use of boreholes and rain water harvesting
Safe and sustainable waste management
In our report, we strongly recommend the use of a holistic approach in addressing the above issues. A holistic approach as articulated in the Jaslika SHE Framework looks at safety, health and environmental sustainability as:
Inter-related, interdependent and as reinforcing one another
Everyone’s concern - individually and collectively
Grounded on quality education, defined broadly to include both in-school and out-of-school interventions
Value-based, building on the values of respect and accountability.
Finally, we reiterate the importance of engaging the whole school community in sustainable measures and incorporate these measures into the teaching subjects as well as co- and extra- curricular activities. Such an approach will make all members of the school community (learners, teaching and non-teaching staff) take pride in their environment and facilitate ownership of the process and outcomes, The kind of learning promoted through the SHE approach is compatible with the Competency-based Curriculum, and more specifically will contribute to the Community Service Learning component as students will be able to acquire new knowledge and skills that they will be able to transfer to the catchment community as well as to their homes though outreach activities.
The year 2017 was a busy one for us at Jaslika, making the year go that much faster. During this time we were able to undertake a variety of activities that encompassed knowledge building, sharing, learning and reflecting while at the same time enhancing our visibility through the launch of our website Jaslika.com and integrated social media platforms Jaslika Consulting and The Write Policy.
The second bi-annual conference on Education Evidence for Action (EE4A) was successfully held in Nyeri on 5th and 6th December 2017. The focus and goal of the second EE4A Conference was to consolidate evidence gathered in the past three years for policy engagement with government in the education sector.
The search for positive deviant (PD) schools in Kenya, commissioned by TWAWEZA EAST AFRICA and spearheaded by Dr. Sheila Wamahiu with a team of JASLIKA researchers, found its way to one of the ASAL (Arid and Semi-Arid Land) regions in Kenya early September, 2017.
This talk by the Director of Jaslika Consulting Limited was originally presented in her capacity as UNICEF Uganda’s Chief of Education at a panel discussion commemorating International Teachers Day in 2006. The event was organised by the Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU) and the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Kampala.
On Thursday 31st August, Ms Wangui Nganga and Ms Naom Ondicho represented Jaslika Consulting at a workshop organised by THINK EQUAL-Kenya at a Nairobi Hotel. The one day workshop, funded by UNICEF was graced by participants from the Ministry of Education (MoE), the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), the Africa Early Childhood Network (AfECN), Plan International, Women Education Researchers of Kenya (WERK), Kenya National Commission for UNESCO, Nairobi County and early childhood teachers.
Since February 2017, Dr Sheila Wamahiu has been leading a team of Jaslika researchers in documenting Positive Deviance (PD) schools in Kenya. Commissioned by Twaweza East Africa, the PD approach is relatively new in the region and to the field of education.
Director of Jaslika Consulting, Dr. Sheila Wamahiu, shared her insights into value-based education with participants at the ADEA 2017 Triennale on Education and Training held in Dakar, Senegal. She was a panelist at a parallel session on Building Peace and Global Citizenship through Education.