By Ben Oroko.
Eburi DEB Primary School of Bassi Chache Ward in Sameta Sub-County in Kisii County is one of the beneficiaries of the Ministry of Education’s sponsored Greatness United (G-United) programme providing literacy remedial sessions for struggling learners in class two and three.
The Head teacher, Henry Onchari has confirmed that his institution has already received two lightly trained Volunteer Graduate Assistants (VGAs) who will be stationed in the school for one year.
Speaking to Education News, Onchari clarified that the volunteers will serve as education ambassadors and encourage high levels of school enrolment and attendance through outreach and awareness creation in the local communities.
He said the volunteers are targeting learners in Standard Two and Three based on research findings showing early intervention for struggling readers is crucial for the development of reading competencies.
“The programme’s rationale for laying emphasis on reading is based on research findings that reading is one of the major skills that a child should acquire in lower primary,” stated Onchari.
Onchari further observed that reading serves as the critical foundational skill for all school-based learning without which opportunities for academic and occupational success are limited.
G-United is an annual volunteering programme launched in September 2014 by the President of the Republic of Kenya and is implemented by the Ministry of Education, with technical support provided by Evidence Action.
The Programme aims to improve primary educational outcomes for over 2 million children, strengthen National Cohesion as well as create rewarding personal development opportunities for over 30,000 unemployed youths throughout the country.