After visits to several schools by the STEP team in Kenya, the team has decided to work with Mwiki Secondary School (Nairobi County), Afraha High School (Nakuru County), Kisayani Secondary School (Makueni County), and Muongoiya Secondary School (Kiambu County).
Afraha Secondary School is located adjacent to a rural area in Nakuru in the Great Rift Valley, has adequate land and irrigation for field activities, facilities available for food processing, and operates a computer laboratory but lacks animal enterprise facilities and small-scale farm equipment.
Mwiki Secondary School is located on the outskirts of Nairobi but near mixed highland farming systems, has modest field space, water for irrigation, and ongoing animal enterprises, but lacks a computer laboratory and food processing facilities.
Muongoiya Secondary School is located in Kiambu County within the Nairobi Metropolitan Region. The county is a peri-urban area with both commercial and agricultural activities taking place. The school has modest field space, water for irrigation, and a computer laboratory, but lacks animal enterprises and food processing facilities.
Kisayani Secondary School is located in Kibwezi near Kibwezi Town in Makueni County. The school has modest field space, water for irrigation, a computer laboratory, and a disused greenhouse that requires renovation. However, they lack food processing facilities and animal enterprises. The school is close to the Kibwezi Hortipreneur Youth Group (KHYG), an IITA and STEP partner that will provide technical backstopping in training and mentoring of students. All partner schools have neighboring primary and secondary schools that could replicate STEP approaches and require assistance with farm inputs, new crop varieties, upgrading ICT facilities, mechanized tools, and modest renovation. Currently, the farm produce is given to the school kitchen and participating students or sold to teachers and the neighboring community.
Each Country selected the various commodities that they will be training these students on, based on certain factors which include:
- Cycles of the commodities: Commodities with shorter cycles were selected (except cassava because of its large value chain options) This is because Students may get discouraged if it takes longer time is taken for production
- Viability: Profitable crops were selected to encourage the students and also to prove the profitability of Agribusiness
- Ease of set-up in schools
- Nutritional benefits
- Facilitator expertise
The STEP team in Kenya has come up with an online learning opportunity platform that will offer E-teaching and E-learning. The platform will offer online and offline materials to students and teachers, where tests can be assigned and sent to a group of students in the online class. The platform has interactive material in form of PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, illustrative videos, and gradable quizzes.
It is set up as an asynchronous online learning environment, usually characterized to be effective for students with time constraints or busy schedules. To encourage access beyond STEP Club membership, past examination papers on all Kenya-secondary school subjects and their marking schemes are provided so that students can learn at their own pace. The system can monitor who has accessed what, see their progress and send reminders and prompts for a student to take action on an incomplete task or reviews and comments.
It is user friendly and easy to navigate, all students are assigned to a class which makes it easy for the instructors to work with the students.
How STEP-E learning platform works:
- Admin/Teacher creates a class or a test for the students.
- An invite code is sent to students to join the class created from our email account email@example.com
- Students access reading materials and test individually.
- Test offered can be graded and sent to students as results.
- A discussion about a class or new ideas can be shared through the platform my giving ideas.
- Materials shared contains Videos and reading materials.
- Materials can be downloaded for offline use.
- An application can be downloaded and installed in phones and tablets from google play store.
- Admin monitors every user accessing the platform.
Guidelines of joining STEP-E Learning platform:
- An invite link is sent by Admin/Teacher from firstname.lastname@example.org to student’s email.
- Student accepts the invite link and directly joins the online opportunity.
- Use of ‘Google Classroom’ application by following the below guidelines: