ALiVE Hailed for Teacher-led Assessment Tool Development in Kenya

On February 27, 2024, Action for Life Skills and Values in East Africa (ALiVE) piloted tools to assess life skills and values among learners aged 6–12 years old, in three counties: Kamahindu primary school in Kiambu, Westlands primary school in Nairobi and Ngurubani primary school in Kirinyaga County. Teachers from these schools conducted a pilot test for grade 4, 6 and 8 on problem solving, collaboration and respect, which had been integrated into Environmental Activities in Grade 3, Science and Social Studies in Grade 5, and Integrated Science, Social Studies, and Creative Arts and Sports in Grade 7.

The two life skills (problem solving and collaboration) and the value of respect, were assessed, using a tool that was co-created by teachers in Kenya and experts from the ALiVE Academy. Read more

We see it that whatever is not assessed is not taught. The same way we teach and assess toward improving teaching on regular academic subjects, is the same way we should treat life skills and values. Assessing these co-competencies is a complex task but we must embrace it. Otherwise, we will not be able to know whether our education system is producing what we have promised the society.

Creating different scenarios that provoke the learner’s thoughts, rather than fixing them to a one answer question is one of the many flexible practices that can enhance the development of problem solving

Dr, John Mugo, the Executive Director of Zizi Afrique Foundation, who is also a Principal Investigator at ALiVE

Children’s brains are like a sponge, which keeps absorbing. They exhibit so much curiosity in their formative stages of life. This is the right time to instil in them life skills and values, otherwise as they grow older, they may be harder to capture and nurture.

Mr. Kennedy Kyeva, the Principal at Westlands School

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