Enos Magaga - Kenya
I am a graduate from Moi-University Kenya, Africa with a major in Special Needs Education. I view quality education to play a key role in fighting poverty and attainment of a successful life. I am a teacher at Tembea Academy- a school founded by Beads for Education in 2013.
I am glad to be an educator. I was raised by a single mother who came from a community that prioritized boys' education over that of girls. She was deprived of quality education. However, through it all, with the little grade 7 level of education that she received, she sacrificed her all to ensure that I received quality education through University. I strongly believe that quality education eliminates all barriers to opportunities and should be a basic need to all.
There is need to re-imagine inclusivity in education. Learners' basic needs are also educational needs. As such, good educational programs should not tackle education in isolation but serve to ensure that children have their basic needs met. In my society and most societies in Kenya, Africa, learners from marginalized communities suffer the most in terms of access to quality education. Special needs learners from marginalized communities hardly get access to education as their parents lack adequate skills and resources to fully support them.
I also believe that the goal of education should be to create global citizens who are environmentally conscious. There is need to mend our relationship with the earth and live in harmony with our surrounding in order to protect the future generation.
I work with Beads for Education, an organization committed to support girls' educational by addressing their comprehensive needs to education. BEADS matches girls from vulnerable communities in Kenya, Africa with generous sponsors. Beads gives hope, changes lives and instills leadership qualities to girls who would otherwise be circumcised and married off at an early age. I believe that the impact of educating a girl is generational. If a girl is educated, she is most certainly going to make education a priority to her children- boys and girls
HundrEd community is committed to quality education for all. I appreciate HundrED because it offers a platform to meet educators, share innovations, and inspire others to improve the quality of education to all. It also addresses pertinent issues affecting education that are often overlooked by many. It has the vulnerable communities at heart and dedicates resources and connections to ensure that they get quality education. HudrED appreciates contributions from each and everyone regardless of their origin; race, culture or nationality.
Education eliminates all the barriers to opportunities in life. Students have potentials, dreams and ambitions. All that is lacking is the force to get them through. I believe education is the most empowering force in the whole world. It builds confidence in students, creates knowledge and breaks down all barriers to their opportunities. It is only education is strong enough to break down the cycles of poverty that inhibit most students from flourishing.
What role does innovation play in education change?
An innovation prompts educators and students to actively engage in exploration, research and use of the available resources to unearth something new. Education change requires people to have a different way of looking at, and solving problems. Innovation contributes to the thinking process helping teachers and students to develop creativity and problem solving skills.
Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)
This innovation creates environmental awareness to the learners and make them cultivate in them the passion to protect the environment. I like its approach of bringing the environmental concepts in the classroom and working towards fostering change in the entire community.
The innovation creates an opportunity for learners to break the classroom monotony and connect with real world personalities that stimulates their learning. Learner get exposed to new ideas and people boosting their engagement levels to learning.
Changemaker Curriculum innovation
Provide connections fro learners making them think globally, and engage in critical thinking skills by having a wide circumference of thoughts.
Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)
Environmental protection by the current generation for themselves and the future generation is the way to make an impact. Students combine knowledge and wisdom.
Community Share - Critical thinking develops through connection with real live experiences and people.