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The Ministry of Education has announced a ‘Tusome’ Early Grade Literacy Training Schedule for Term one next year, 2019. The Ministry is implementing the Tusome Early Grade Literacy Programme with financial support from the USAID whose work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity, demonstrates American generosity, and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience.

This training is geared towards equipping early grade teachers with necessary skills in readiness for the roll out of the Competency Based Curriculum, CBC, next year. “The Early Grade Literacy Programme instructional materials for Grades 1,2 and 3 in both English and Kiswahili have been reviewed in conformity with (the) Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) and approved by KICD (Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development,” reads a circular by the Ministry’s Elyas Abdi for the Principal Secretary.

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Photos- Some of the ‘Tusome’ Early Grade Literacy programme’s Instructional Materials.

The Circular dated 21st November 2018, and sent to all County Directors, outlines the training programme for Trainer of Trainers (TOTs), Curriculum Support Officers, Head Teachers and Teachers. “To ensure effective teaching with the use of the reviewed instructional materials, the Ministry has organized training activities for TOTs, Curriculum Support Officers, Head Teachers and Teachers to be held from 3rd to 21st December 2018 at Nakuru and County level,” says the Education Ministry.

The trainees’ travel, subsistence and training costs shall be fully paid by the USAID. “The Objective of the training is to equip them (the trainees) with pedagogical knowledge and skills towards effective delivery of both English and Kiswahili lessons in Grade 1, 2 and 3,” adds Mr. Abdi.

In the released Training Schedule, by the Ministry of Education:
  • Trainers of Trainers, TOTs, shall have their training in Nakuru from 3rd to 4th December, 2018,
  • Curriculum Support Officers, CSOs, will be trained at respective County levels from 10-11th December, 2018. While,
  • Head Teachers and Teachers shall have their training done at the Zonal Levels between 14th and 21st December, 2018.
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