1. WHAT IS THE TEACH FOR KENYA FELLOWSHIP?
The Teach For Kenya Fellowship program is a 2 year full-time paid commitment that places Kenya’s most outstanding graduates and professionals as teachers in our county’s most high need schools. The Teach For Kenya Fellowship is a transformational leadership program that equips Fellows with transferable leadership skills to effect change beyond the classrooms in the communities they serve.
2. WHY DOES THE FELLOWSHIP LAST TWO YEARS? CAN I TEACH FOR JUST ONE YEAR?
The two-year commitment is necessary to make the impact we intend to have on student achievement. In the first year, Fellows refine their teaching skills and establish respect and trust among various stakeholders within the school community and the students. This allows Fellows to achieve significant academic gains for students. In the second year, Fellows engage in their community projects to further their impact. During the two years, you will strive to transform the student, transform as a leader and transform your school and community.
3. WHY SHOULD I JOIN TEACH FOR KENYA?
On average, 6 out of 100 Kenyan children aged 6 – 16 years have never enrolled in school. (Source – Uwezo Annual Learning Assessment Report 2015)
Nationally, 8 out of 100 pupils in Class 8 cannot do Class 2 work across the country. (Source – Uwezo Annual Learning Assessment Report 2015)
Children going through the Kenyan education system are losing an estimated three years of learning. When years of schooling are adjusted for quality of learning, this is only equivalent to 7.8 years, a learning gap of 2.9 years. This means Kenyan school-going children are having a learning loss of close to three years. Going to school doesn’t mean that children are learning and this is mainly because of the quality of education. (World Bank, 2019)
You should join Teach For Kenya in service to our country to ensure that one day every Kenyan child will receive quality education regardless of their socio-economic background.
4. ARE THERE ANY BENEFITS TO BEING A TEACH FOR KENYA FELLOW?
Yes. As a Teach For Kenya Fellow, you are a part of a movement of young leaders working to eliminate education inequity. In addition, you will have:
- Opportunity to be part of a movement that is changing lives and that will change society
- Extensive leadership development training
- Intensive teacher training
- Real responsibility from day one
- Opportunity to be a part of a global network of change agents from across 55 countries
- Access to a Mentoring Programme, offering a unique opportunity to achieve professional and personal development
- Access to professional development and network of supporters
- Ongoing leadership development, coaching, business training and skills workshops
- Opportunity to design and implement a social change project
- A stipend for two years including during the school holidays.
5. WILL I BE TRAINED BEFORE I START THE FELLOWSHIP?
Teach For Kenya will work to ensure that all Fellows have the knowledge and skills necessary to lead their students towards achievement. The Teach For Kenya Fellowship begins with a six-week residential training program. Here, Fellows are exposed to curriculum, lesson planning, and classroom facilitation and student assessments among other modules, sessions and keys to successful teaching.
6. DO I HAVE TO ATTEND THE SUMMER INSTITUTE?
Yes. The summer institute is an integral part of Teach For Kenya Fellowship prep.
7. WHAT SUBJECTS WILL I TEACH?
Teach For Kenya Fellows placed in primary schools will be required to teach subjects from the Kenyan school curriculum.
8. WHERE WILL I BE TEACHING?
Teach For Kenya Fellows will be placed in underprivileged schools in Mukuru Kwa Njenga and Mathare Slums. However, your exact placement states will be communicated during your interview process.
9. WHAT CLASS WILL I TEACH?
For Fellows posted will be required to teach in primary schools.
10. CAN I CHOOSE MY PLACEMENT SCHOOL?
No, Teach For Kenya places Fellows in schools that are under-served and under-resourced in low-income communities.
11. WILL I BE PAID FOR THE FELLOWSHIP?
The Teach For Kenya Fellowship is a paid Fellowship.
12. WILL I AUTOMATICALLY HAVE A TEACHING JOB AFTER THE FELLOWSHIP?
Joining Teach For Kenya does not mean you will automatically have a teaching job.
13. I AM A TEACHER IN A PUBLIC/PRIVATE SCHOOL IN KENYA, AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
Yes, if you are currently serving as a teacher in Kenya, you are eligible to apply for the Fellowship.
14. DO I NEED ANY TEACHING EXPERIENCE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE FELLOWSHIP?
No. All our Fellows will be selected from diverse education backgrounds, and most of them will have no prior teaching experience. During our training programmes, we empower you with the necessary knowledge and skills to do well in the classroom.
15. CAN I CHOOSE MY SUBJECT?
No, you cannot choose your subject. Teach For Kenya has specified subjects you must teach.
16. WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY UNDERSERVED SCHOOLS?
Our Fellows teach in low income schools. Under served or under-resourced schools are schools that are facing academic challenges and/or are located in a community facing socio-economic challenges.
17. IN WHICH COUNTIES ARE TEACH FOR KENYA SCHOOLS LOCATED?
Teach For Kenya partner schools are located in Nairobi County. However we will be expanding the program to other regions in subsequent years.
18. CAN I CONTINUE TEACHING IN THE SAME SCHOOL AFTER THE FELLOWSHIP?
The recruitment of teachers to the TFK partner schools is done by the Teachers Service Commission. If you would like to continue teaching after the Fellowship, you will have to apply to the Teachers Service Commission during any of their recruitment cycles.
19. DOES TEACH FOR KENYA PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION?
Teach For Kenya does not provide accommodation for Fellows. However, accommodation is provided during the summer training institute which all prospective Fellows must attend.
20. IS THE FELLOWSHIP A FULL-TIME POSITION?
Yes, the Teach For Kenya Fellowship is a full-time position and will follow the Kenyan School Calendar. The school calendar in Kenya runs from January to November.
21. WILL I BE SUPPORTED DURING THE FELLOWSHIP?
Teach For Kenya Fellows receive support throughout the duration of their Fellowship. Teach for Kenya tutors and coaches will be available to guide Fellows to become effective teachers and leaders. There will be ongoing teacher training, mentoring and professional development for personal development.
22. WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I RECEIVE AFTER THE FELLOWSHIP?
Teach For Kenya will provide the Fellows with a certificate of participation. In addition, Teach For Kenya is working with universities to provide Fellows with teaching qualification.
23. HOW WILL THE TEACH FOR KENYA FELLOWSHIP HELP ME GROW PROFESSIONALLY?
Teach For Kenya strongly believes that teachers use the same skills as leaders in any field. Two years in the classroom will help Fellows develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills such as organisation, communication, problem-solving in an unstructured environment. These skills are valuable in any sector.
24. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE FELLOWSHIP?
Teach For Kenya Fellows become Teach For Kenya alumni and join our network of formidable leaders across over 55 countries around the world. Our Alumni are supported in their personal and professional interests towards further education or careers as they become influencers, visionaries, advocates, entrepreneurs and active participants in the education ecosystem.