Born and raised in Laikipia North, among the Maa community, Francis works in one of the schools located in a rural sub-county and describes himself as a committed, hardworking and a passionate teacher. His biggest concern is the absenteeism of students, which he describes as the one thing he struggles with as a teacher.
After training with AET in how to teach lower primary in Maa, the local language most children speak, he is pleased to see an increase in school attendance and also parent’s involvement in their children’s education. Additionally the new libraries of school books makes a huge difference to the children’s education.
He has big dreams for his students and supports them to achieve them.
Like many other teachers in the region, Francis is self-driven and committed to his work and the success of his learners. He can be counted among one of the successful teachers in the region, who have braved the challenges of working in such areas.
Teachers whose original training has been compromised by disruption of their own education need it more than ever.
The chance to complete official teacher training, or use continuing training to upgrade their skills, are vital opportunities in these circumstances.
This, combined with motivation and recognition of the important role that teachers play, can build the foundation for a functioning education system.