In 2014 Dr. Nancy received an email from the Kenyan pastor who had initiated the very first cycle of teacher training FTCSF did, back in 2006. She learned that many from the first group of teachers and pastors in the Kibera slum had continued meeting together over the years to encourage one another as they worked to implement what they had learned. They formed an association, which has grown to 103 schools. His request? Come back, teach us again and give this information to a new group of schools!
In April 2015, Nancy returned to Kibera to begin training more teachers serving in Africa's largest slum.
But it takes time to do it right. “If you want teacher training to make a difference," says Nancy, "You can’t do it in one shot. You have to train, let them apply what they've learned in their classrooms, train again, apply again. They need time and practice to consolidate learning in order to experience a lasting change in behavior.” Since our goal is to make a lasting impact on those who we train, we commit to this approach in our teacher training. That means FTCSF will go to Kibera several times over the next few years to complete the training. In the meantime, teachers who have completed the first session are meeting regularly in cohorts to share their experiences and support one another as they learn to implement the information they received.
These pastors and teachers, in schools founded and led by Kenyan Christians, are working together for the neediest and most vulnerable of Kibera’s children. They are doing all they can and we are committed to seeing these training through. But we need your help to fund the project through to completion.