Kids League Kenya had its first international training on Tuesday, 23rd November 2021!
An online training session in 'Rubbish Science' was delivered by science teacher Neil Atkins and brought together two international partners as part of the innovative Repton Literary Festival, Kids League Kenya, British Council Global Classrooms twinning schools project.
It was attended by staff from two UK schools and two Kenya schools in Kongowea with former KLK scholars, KLK staff and volunteers also joining the session.
The 3-hour workshop was designed to inform teachers and community leaders on how to encourage and nurture young scientists from all backgrounds, using 'rubbish' for equipment, to realise how they can collaborate and even compete to find solutions for everyday eco-challenges on equal terms.
All involved were trained to deliver Rubbish Science in their classrooms and communities and the schools' staff will now transfer the knowledge and the challenges to their primary school students to underpin their joint project and quest to find good practical affordable solutions to their shared 'Water and Sanitation' topic.
Attending from the office, using the newly installed internet café were Mrs Winfrida Odongo (Head Kongowea School), Mrs Irene Mwai (Deputy Head Kengeleni School), Geoffrey Masai (teacher at Kengeleni), Ronald Togom and Julia Wangeshi.
Attending online from Nairobi was Rama Nanjove (a current KLK scholar) and from the UK were Rachel Lacey (Head, St Edward's School, Castle Donington), Holly Jordan (teacher Repton Primary School), Ann Dudley (Repton Literary Festival in Africa rep) and Neil Atkin (Rubbish Science teacher).
This first Connecting Classrooms project will come to an end this school term and all involved are looking forward to the next term when it's expected that the schools will join in some science-based projects using only re-recyclable waste products to even up the playing field between how the schools' experience everyday life in relatively wealthy and disadvantaged areas of the world.