Education as a way out: teacher training in refugee camps

A recent IB blog post talks about how the oldest IB World School in Africa is sending volunteer educators to help teachers in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya to complete the first stage of their teaching qualification.

A teacher training programme has been set up by the International School Moshi (ISM) in cooperation with Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Windle Trust, Xavier Projects, UNHCR, UNESCO and Moi University in Nairobi, as a result of the need of qualified teachers to teach the growing number of refugee children. 

“Along with other ISM teachers, I volunteer as a mentor for the teacher training programme to help refugee teachers in the camp complete the first stage of their teaching qualification. I guide them through a four-month online course introducing them to teaching techniques, classroom management, student and staff welfare,” writes Florence Larpent, MYP Coordinator at ISM.

“The teacher training project illustrates how IB values are brought to life not only in our school but throughout the wider community, showing our students that these values run long after finishing school and into our everyday lives,” she continues. 

ISM also hopes to expand this project to include scholarships for refugee students to join the Diploma Programme (DP) with the African Leadership Scholarship.

 

Read the full blog post here.

Learn more about the IB’s work in the region on our dedicated page.