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Keep Kenya Learning

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Schools may close but learning never stops

Keep Kenya Learning is a collaborative effort by EdTech East Africa, Metis Collective and the Regional Education Learning Initiative (RELI) to support parents and caregivers to lead learning at home. The goal of the #KeepKenyaLearning campaign is to provide a vision of what great learning at home looks like and access to digital and nondigital resources to support that learning.



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February 2022

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

When Kenyan schools were closed for Covid-19 and the school year was officially canceled, we reached out to parents and caregivers to understand what they needed to help their learners at home. We heard their frustrations about lack of clarity on whether they should continue learning, what they should be learning and how to find the right resources. We started KKL to help provide these answers.

How does your innovation work in practice?

As we dove deeper into their needs, we discovered that caregivers really needed support to build their own confidence to lead learning at home. They also hungered for a community of other caregivers with whom they could share stories and address challenges. The campaign evolved to meet these foundational needs in addition to guidance and resources. We have piloted a set of innovations with rural, urban low-income and urban lower-middle income to address confidence and build community. These interventions include community onboarding meetings where caregivers can come together with others who are building these skills and habits, an SMS-based curriculum that empowers caregivers to build better relationships with their children through talk, a video with peer role models demonstrating the practice and impact of learning at home, and digital literacy training so caregivers can effectively use the digital tools they already possess to engage in learning at home.

How has it been spreading?

The Keep Kenya Learning campaign research and experimentation process has been happening since November 2020. Working in partnership with local community-based organisations (CBOs) who already serve caregivers and have their trust, we have engaged over 300 rural and urban low/lower-middle caregivers. We are completing our final tests now, and we will scale up the offering to additional CBOs, to schools and to caregivers directly. To CBOs and schools, we will be offering a open-source toolkit that they can use to empower caregivers in their community. For all, we will have a web portal to high quality resources that have been collected from across our education communities. We will be sharing information on accessing resources via TV, through our education networks and on social media.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

We have intentionally designed Keep Kenya Learning so it can be replicated in other communities where caregivers need support to lead learning at home. We are creating a podcast to share the learnings from this process so other education communities can discover how to best implement the campaign in their location. Interested parties can message our team at info@keepkenyalearning.com for support.


Keeping Kenya Learning: The importance of caregiver engagement in supporting learning beyond the classroom - EdTech Hub
Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, parents, teachers, students and policymakers have been exploring how to support students to learn at home. The emphasis on education at home has made evident the need to better equip caregivers to support their children’s learning. The Keep Kenya Learning (KKL) initiative is helping parents and caregivers build their capacity and confidence to support learning at home. In this blog, we highlight the importance of parental engagement in learning, and outline lessons we’ve learnt about how to increase parental engagement during the pandemic and beyond.
Zoom Academy by Keep Kenya Learning • A podcast on Anchor
A 2020 study by Usawa Agenda (a lobby championing equitable access to quality education) shows about eighty per cent of students were missing out on virtual classes set up following the closure of learning institutions as part of coronavirus containment efforts. It indicated that only 22 per cent of students interviewed in forty-two counties were accessing online learning resources with those enrolled in private schools being twice as likely to take part in digital learning compared to their counterparts in public schools.In this episode, we explore the accessibility of online and distance learning in Kenya, incorporating views from parents that took part in the Keep Kenya Learning Campaign. Listen in to find out more about the reality of Kenyan caregivers and their children while learning at home and KKL's efforts to support them.Guest appearances in this episode include Jenn Otieno; Founder and CEO at Education Design Unlimited | Supporting educators and learners in East Africa and beyond and Rebecca Ume Crook, Co-Founder and Executive Director at Metis, working towards reimagining education in Kenyan classrooms.
KKL E2: It takes a Village. by Keep Kenya Learning • A podcast on Anchor
Listen in to hear from co-organisers, Rebecca Crook and Jennifer Otieno, about the origins and learnings from the Keep Kenya Learning campaign. You can access the podcast here: https://bit.ly/3weIpYp
Keep Kenya Learning Podcast - EP01
The Keep Kenya Learning team created a 5-episode podcast, in partnership with Semabox, to capture our journey and learnings supporting caregivers to lead learning at home. We welcome you to join the conversation and learn with us!Listen to episode 1 of the Keep Kenya Learning podcast and subscribe to follow the rest of the journey.

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