10th September 2019

Police officer ‘drops’ gun for chalk, assumes teaching at Forole primary amid insecurity

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Jairus Mulumia, a police officer based in Forole, at the border of Kenya and Ethiopia within Marsabit County was forced to assume teaching duties at Forole primary school.

On that day, last week, teachers at the school had not resumed duties due to frequent banditry attacks in the area which has left several locals dead.

In August 25th this year, five people were shot and killed early in Forole by suspected Ethiopian bandits.

Mulumia who was part of a security team deployed at Forole primary school, could not take it seeing pupils sit idle in class with no teachers to teach.

After getting permission from the headteacher, Mulumia, a trained teacher, got into class 5 with his tools of trade, in uniform, picked a chalk and started teaching Mathematics.

Officials from the Education Development Trust – Africa visited the school on the particular day and aparently, only girls in that class had the courage to come to school that day.

Forole primary school is a beneficiary of Education Development Trust – Africa UK-aid funded project dubbed ‘Wasichana Wetu Wafaulu’ (WWW).

Cases of insecurity in Marsabit have been condemned by local leaders with former Saku MP Jey Jey Falana, recently calling on the National Government to intervene.

More than 1500 teachers drawn from 480 primary schools in arid and semi-arid lands and urban slums in Kenya in August participated in an intensive pedagogical training on how to teach science and mathematics.

Some of the teachers during the training.

The training was part of a sustained strategy by Education Development Trust – Africa’s Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) project WW, to equip teachers with cutting edge pedagogical skills and techniques of teaching the two crucial subjects.

The training took into account the needs of the competency based curriculum.

“In Kenya, available data shows that girls are under-represented in science and technical careers due to entrenched stereotypes and ‘social belongingness’ – where girls prefer careers with more women,” said the organization.

Eight project counties; Nairobi, Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Tana River, Samburu, Marsabit and Turkana benefitted from the project.

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