eKitabu trained 116 teachers in Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in teaching and learning
October 13, 2021
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In mid-July and August 2021, the eKitabu team visited Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps to train teachers, community assistants, community outreach teachers, primary and secondary school teachers, and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) teachers on the utilization of the three Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles and to advance inclusive learning in the classroom. eKitabu, in collaboration with Humanity and Inclusion at Kakuma refugee camp in Turkana County and Dadaab refugee camp in Garissa County, trained 116 (78M, 37F) teachers at the camps on an innovative approach to address the damaging impacts of COVID-19 on African education—for children with disability, teachers, parents and caregivers in the refugee camps. This project is in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, one of the largest, private foundations in the world with a mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion to create an inclusive and equitable world.. Teachers, community assistants, and community outreach teachers were trained on incorporating UDL in their classrooms as well as integrating ICT and utilizing accessible technology in their schools.“The training is resourceful and empowering. I can now go and fully apply the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in my schools.” Mary Adier, Community Outreach Teacher, Kakuma One camp.“It is important to integrate digital learning in the classroom to support learners with and without disabilities to achieve their goals and dreams in life”. Dunia David, Inclusive Education Community Outreach Supervisor, Dagahaley camp.“The eKitabu Universal Design for Learning (UDL) training is an eye-opener. Teachers will now address the needs of all students by providing more flexibility and fewer barriers to learning through the framework for lesson design as a great tool for planning.” Grace Mwangi, COVID 19 Resilience and Recovery Program, Humanity and Inclusion.The schools participating in the project were also invited to participate in the Digital Essay Competition 2021. An annual writing competition organized by eKitabu that invites students from grade 5 to Form 4 to write their essays and submit them for a chance to win scholarship funds, certificates, national recognition, computing devices, and gift hampers.About Universal Design for Learning (UDL)UDL is a theoretical framework that focuses on assisting teachers in planning to meet students' diverse needs. It guides the development of flexible learning environments and learning spaces that can accommodate individual learning differences. According to learning styles theories, students have diverse needs and learning preferences. Nevertheless, the general curriculum treats them as a homogenous group. UDL thus utilizes multiple approaches to engage learners in the learning process. Through the use of hands-on examples using the android tablets provided by HI and loaded with accessible digital content, eKitabu trained the teachers on how to apply the three Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to advance inclusive learning.For more information, eKitabu plans for more training sessions in the coming months and you can find out more by contacting support@ekitabu.comThis teacher training at Kakuma and Dadaab Refugee camps is made possible through the eKitabu partnership with, Humanity and Inclusion working closely with the Mastercard Foundation and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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