With the approval and promotion of local school administrators, the IOL team conducts 5 day training seminars for teachers. Methods and techniques that create an active learning environment and stimulate creative/critical thinking skills are taught. An emphasis is also placed on collaboration and communication to encourage team work and innovation. A culture of developing and modeling character strengths is established.
The Inside-Out Learning program prepares learners by integrating the following three core conditions:
- R Learner Readiness – Learners should be ready at all times to receive knowledge prepared for them.
- P Learner Participation – Learners should be actively involved in the lesson. Learn by doing.
- A Learner Application- Learners should be asking themselves at all times, “How does this lesson apply to my life and how can I use this knowledge to change the quality of my life?”
A Teacher Resource Guide has been written covering the following topics:
- Learning Environment
- Multiple Intelligence
- Inquiry Based Learning
- Critical Thinking
- Creative Thinking
- Character Education
- Strengths in Education
It is estimated that over 500 billion dollars of aid has poured into Africa. But there has been no significant positive change. It is like pouring water into a bucket full of holes. The general trend has been to plug the holes with outside resources. What is needed is a new bucket. A bucket full of tools to ignite individual potential and utilize natural resources.
During the past seven years, over 1,500 teachers have been trained using the IOL methodology. Based on the average student ratio of 80 per classroom, it is estimated that more than 250,000 students have had an opportunity to discover and develop their God-given talents, intellect and moral compass.
The African IOL Kenya team has now taken ownership of the program for their country. Requests have come from Kisumu West Zone for all teachers to be IOL trained. African IOL Board Ms. Lilian Odiero, Dr. Esther Alando, Professor Jack Obongo, and District Officer Stephen Abere are taking steps to become financially sustainable and to influence future curriculum development for the Kenya education system.
Because IOL does not alter curriculum, and works within the existing education system, the program is easily assimilated into any culture or language. The Teacher Resource Guide is self-explanatory and is currently being translated into Spanish preparatory for trainings scheduled for August 2017 in Peru.
IOL students and teachers become productive citizens. Productive citizens utilizing problem solving skills, innovation, collaboration, and following a moral compass will build a vibrant economy. A vibrant economy will provide full employment. Full employment will create a secure family. Secure families establish a stable society.
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