Since I was trained, I have put to practice these teaching methods and the outcome is refreshing and pleasing.  Learning is learner-centered where every talent and ability in the individual child is nurtured and assisted to mushroom.  I strongly recommend that the IOL concept be inculcated in the education system to help boost education standards.

— Peter Amos Mzee, Teacher, Kenya

Having the privilege to undergo an IOL training and exposing my teachers to this program, I have witnessed an improvement of test scores.  Indeed transition rates will increase, job prospects will be enhanced and eventually the Kenyan economy will be invigorated with an innovative and value based workforce.

— Stephen Abere [Supertendent], District Education Officer Magarini District, Kenya

I met a high school teacher in June who was teaching in a school I had gone to inspect as part of my routine supervision of teachers.  He used IOL techniques throughout the lesson of 40 minutes.  When I inquired, he affirmed to me that he had been trained by IOL when he was teaching in primary school at Akado.  I think the relevance of IOL as an effective method of content delivery, learner-interest motivation, and content retention is unquestionable.  The fact that our very difficult and conservative education officials embraced the idea after evaluating its efficacy is not a small thing.  The county education office invited me to the County Education Day on 15th of July, [2014] and I was amazed at how they talked positive about IOL as if it was a government initiated program for which they had full support.   The education officials encouraged the teachers to sharpen their teaching skills by updating their teaching methods such as IOL.   I am a trained teacher and I know that IOL is not only relevant, it is a powerful tool of teaching; both at the junior and senior levels of learning.  The gap between getting education and getting educated is the gap that IOL seeks to fill. This program has helped me to break the monotony.  I now understand the strengths and weaknesses of my learners.  Those who are not academically gifted, the program has helped me understand that children have different aptitude levels that can be developed and help every child to be useful.

— Dr. Esther Alando, Professor of Education, Nairobi University

This past seven years has witnessed a steady development and growth of IOL not only identifying the gap in Kenya’s education system, but of developing a training philosophy that has the potential to awaken learners to their full learning abilities, making learning enjoyable and fulfilling.  Empowering the teacher to not only appreciate his influence on the learner, but to realize his potential to ignite learners’ full mental and psychological power for thinking, solving problems, and being innovative.  Indeed, it is a well-rounded educational program that is giving rise to critical, creative thinkers and individuals that are now applying themselves to the good of society and humanity as a whole.  It’s the only educational program that is calling all learners to take action, appreciate that they have all they need (strength from within) to make a difference in their lives and in the lives of others.  How lovely it is to let all the children feel included even when they have been excluded for many years, dismissed for not having what it takes yet they have what can be used to transform their lives to productivity and wholesomeness.  A beautiful program that leaves the participants yearning for more.

— Ms. Lilian Odiero, Inside-Out Learning Africa Director

My experience with this program has made me realize that Inside-Out Learning is a well-rounded approach to education that invigorates both the soft skills (empathy, social deftness, optimism, leadership, and the discipline of delayed gratification, etc.) as well as the more concrete skills (math and science expertise, language mastery, creativity and especially critical thinking skills), through well researched methodologies.  Inside-Out Learning is a unique program that offers hope for the transformation of not just our youth today, but society and humankind in the long term.

— Dr. Laban Ayiro, Educationalist in Kenya

Most schools have reported an improved learning environment.  Social barriers between teachers and their students have been minimized through the process of mutual participation in activities especially during the morning music and the use of ice breakers.  The harsh, unfriendly learning atmosphere has been replaced with a warm, safe and secure environment.  Teachers are motivated to assist children to take responsibility for their learning.

— Mr. Ben Katana TAC Tutor [Teacher In-Service], Magarini District

The program has been an eye opener.  After the training I have used the IOL methods that have made my work easier and have replaced the limitations of rote education.  I used to give my students so many notes on the board.  Now that has changed.  Many teaching methodologies like the use of songs and graphic organizers make learning more concrete and easier and helped enhance my lesson delivery.  With graphic organizers and other IOL teaching methodology I have been stimulating inquiry based learning and hoping that this will have an effect on my learners long after they leave primary school.  My students will be capable of solving their own problems and will develop confidence.

— Mr. Japheth Chengo Yeri, Kadzuhoni Primary School, Magarini District

Our teacher is friendlier these days and school is more enjoyable.  We sing and dance before and during lessons.  Mrs. Clemence has made us appreciate subjects like mathematics, English and science.  Through recitation of the application formula in mathematics I am able to remember.

— Abdul Haq, pupil in Marereni Primary School 

The program has enabled me to meet the varied educational needs of all my children.  It’s the best method of teaching and one that has made teaching and learning very interesting and enjoyable.  When I assess the methods I have been using before, I can say that I neglected other abilities and intelligence and paid attention to word and logical smarts.  IOL has enabled me to include the varied needs of all learners during my lesson plan.  When I put my lesson content into a song, I know it’s meeting the music smart child, when I draw, the visual smart child benefits, when I ask children to talk, I enhance the interpersonal students, and when I encourage writing of thoughts, this benefits an interpersonal and word smart child.  I just love IOL Program.  A very transformative and education Program.  I am glad to be a part of it.

— Mrs. Clemence Wawuda, Teacher, Ngomeni Primary School

This program has helped me to break the monotony.  I now understand the strengths and weaknesses of my learners.  Those who are not academically gifted, the program has helped me understand that children have different aptitude levels that can be developed and help every child to be useful even though they might not be strong academically.  Since the training, I have remained committed to changing myself so that I can better change my learners.

— Mr. Henry Mugambi, Teacher, Kambi ya Waya Primary School

This program is so useful and has helped me change my way of teaching.  IOL has taught me how to get my learners involved.  Participatory activities have helped my children to get more interested in learning.  Appreciating the children’s different abilities has also helped me to be more understanding of their challenges and that has dealt with my harshness.  I am no longer harsh to my students.

— Ms. Sarah Gitonga, Teacher, Kanagoni Primary School