In the course of trying to meet its objectives, the STEP-Kenya team has had to develop innovative modes of operation to deal with the limitations posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of such innovations was the creation of an Agribusiness Home Initiative to help the students sharpen the skills acquired during practical trainings in their schools. The initiative encourages the students to establish home gardens at their respective homes. The aim of the initiative is to foster a ‘Do It Yourself’ mentality while still cultivating an interest in agribusiness among the students.
The students received farm inputs in form of seeds, seedlings and vines to plant at their home gardens while the harvested produce were either sold or consumed by their families.
Peer-to-peer learning while receiving the Agribusiness Home challenge inputs
To sustain interactions, the team used virtual meetings and developed an online learning platform for e-teaching and e-learning. The platform offers online and offline materials to students and teachers, with an assessment test feature to enable participants evaluate their progress. It also has interactive materials in form of Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, illustrative videos, and gradable quizzes