Amid COVID-19 epidemic, AVSI is reinventing the way it delivers services. In Kenya, inside the Dadaab refugee camp, one of the largest camps in the world (200,000 people are currently living there), we are using Zoom to train teachers to provide quality education to the refugee and host community schools. The activity is part of the project “Transitional Support for Integration and Quality of Education in Dadaab Refugee and Host Community,” funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM).
Although refugees and host communities living in Dadaab are keen users of smartphones and social media, the introduction of using Zoom for training was challenging since most of the beneficiaries were not familiar with the platform. AVSI trained beneficiaries on how to use Zoom while reassuring them that training will continue.
Currently, between 70 and 75 trainees are participating in each of the Zoom classes. Since 2014, AVSI has taught Early Childhood Development teacher training in Dadaab to address the acute shortage trained teachers in refugee and host community schools. Topics covered include Competency-Based Curriculum, Education Quality Assurance and fostering school-level governance and accountability for trainers of teachers. Through the years, beneficiaries have received different levels of certificates and able to receive state approved validation of their teaching competencies, which have improved the quality of education received in schools in Dadaab.
AVSI is also using Zoom as an opportunity to bring awareness on the spread of COVID-19 to the beneficiaries and clarify theories that have been circulating in Dadaab about the virus.