AUGUST 2015 BUNGOMA SITE OLPC REPORT.
The month was with a lot of activities to be done since it was a holiday, kids were to come at the center and learn from there. We as teachers planned to have a science camp which was done from the marketplace center near Bukokholo in Bungoma County.
1st and 2nd which was a weekend, and learners came at the center as from 10.00 am to 5.30pm. They used tamtam mini, tamtam jam to enjoy themselves from music others used speak, browse, and record activities. Those who used browse discussed different subjects such as physics, chemistry since they were secondary students. From them young kids learned that with discussion they can learn more things that were not understanding.
3rd and 4th which was Monday at Butonge and Tuesday at Namwesi, it was a free class where students were to do any activity they like as from 3.00 pm to 5.30pm as teachers were walking around to see if any student is stuck and assist. The lesson was much interesting because most of the learners were doing paint activity and scratch to perfect on their drawing and scratch animation.
5th Wednesday, 6th Thursday and 7th Friday at the market place centre kids in good numbers and were grouped according to the ages and classes at school and teachers gauged them on what they can do on XO sugar lab activities. Every group was to explain an activity that they know to others.
8th and 9th it was a weekend where learners did keyboard work at the market place. This is to ensure that all learners to master the whole keyboard and each button with it’s functions. All kids were attentive in that sector because teachers were to evaluate them over work done on the keyboard.
10th to 14th- At the market centre- Learners from different schools came for lessons so we arranged 3 teachers to be on duty to help learners on which activities they were to do and introduce new learners on XO sugar lab activites sincw we never miss new learners at the center at any given holiday. They were three teachers per session as from 10.00am to 5.30pm. These was the day learners did most of write activity to master all the functions of every key on the keyboard. They used brackets, exclamation marks, colons, semi-colons, question marks, comma, full stops etc.
15th and 16th – It was a weekend- learners did write activity for familiarization both for old students and new students. we asked them to use all punctuation marks and inserting of tables, alignments of paragraphs and inserting of their pictures (images) on a text. They enjoyed too much as others kept on repeating same work for several times.
17th- 21st- Monday to Friday-Learners did turtle art where they constructed different shapes as per math arrangements. We had new students who saw it as a difficult activity but with time they manned and did well. They were showed how to use pen size, pen shade and pen color for them to know more about the activity.
22nd to 23rd- weekend- It was a short break for the teachers.24th to 25th-camp planning between teachers and students over the roles to play in that science camp.
26th-Was to be the first day of the camp for the registration of kids to participate in the camp. There was a lot of co-operation among the learners which were to participate. We had those who were to present paint, turtle art and write activities. There was a lot of competition among themselves. We liked their arrangement.
27th-Arrival of students from different schools who were registered to attend to the camp,
1-The camp overview 2-Grouping of students as per an activity 3-Topic orientation by each teacher as per group 4-Entertainment
-Afternoon each group was assigned to an activity as per camp focus..Group were as follows;
-Paint activity -Write activity -Speak activity -Scratch activity -Etoys activity -Browse and solar system.
28th-Discussion and writing stories over what was done on paint activity, paint, scratch, memorize, maze, Record, browse and sharing off pictures and discuss the impact of those pictures.
29th-Was teachers camp review and recommendation over what kids did in the camp.
30th-31st-Teachers rested after the camp.
*Inadequate facilities for the camp due to high number of students
*The target was not met because funding was not to expected and budgeted for.
*Days were few as per proposal expectation.
*Young kids aged 4-8 years were so many at the camp with aim of learning and eating not even wasting a single second at the time of arrival. When the time for lunch arrived they were very keen and excited.
*Girls were much interested in singing , poetry, narrative talks and computer learning than boys.
*Boys were good artists by use of paint activity than girls.
*Girls attended the camp more than the boys in numbers.
*Those kids who were infested with the jiggers before, were free from infestation. Due to lesson learned, attended the camp and as a result others were motivated with the previous camp results . As a sign of togetherness they came and joined others to learn in problem identification and solving as their fellow kids are doing with the case of jiggers..
*The parents who were interested with the camp challenged their children to be so keen in whatever is happening in camp venue.
*Memorize activity improved the learners imaginations
*Learners were much interested with the camp, so they were just forced to leave the place because time was not on our site.
*Because of insufficient funds, our camp was not a boarding camp but was half board camp.
-It was achieved because students were able to explain why they were doing activity or drawing those pictures.
-Kids improved on self explanation and esteem they planned how to identify problems and then have a better solution.
-They used pictures to teach the whole world over what is happening to endangered species namely black rhino and elephants
-Students have known which animals are mostly poached and most endangered animals.
-Promotion of child to child interaction
– Teachers were given name tags for easier identification in schools and market center.
-Learners are able to talk about proper trash disposable and plastic reuse.
-The camp brought kids together and throught it they have known their child rights as that to education, food and expression.
*We need more facilitation for the camps to promote child to child interaction.
*There should be funds upgrading so as to meet our target for the future science camps (more funds needed).
*There should be learning by seeing i.e Learners should be exposed to some game parks and game reserves to see which animals are being targeted with poachers then have chance to interview game wardens over the same.
*Teachers motivational tour- teachers should be taken out at least once per year for them to share and exchange views with other OLPC sites country wide. At the end ,this will promote team work and experience.
* Learners who are performing well to be awarded for others to work hard.
* Intersite camp competition (OLPC) as promotion of XO sugar lab activities to different parts of Kenya.