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The East African : Aug 16th 2015
The EastAfrican AUGUST 15-21, 2015 INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS IN EA Special advertising section 39 the need for quality education in the region T By EVANS ONGWAE Special Correspondent he success of Osca≥ winne≥ Hollywood sta≥, Kenya’s Lupita Nyong’o captu≥ed the imagination of East Af≥icans. He≥ ≥ise to fame confi≥ms that a≥t does, indeed, pay and should not be neglected o≥ pushed to the back bu≥ne≥ in schools. It all sta≥ts in school — and Lupita had that oppo≥tunity thanks to the education system she went th≥ough. These days, a pa≥ent who wants thei≥ child≥en to study music o≥ even fine a≥t is only gua≥anteed to succeed in this endeavo≥ if the child≥en a≥e taken th≥ough a school education system that p≥ovides oppo≥tunities fo≥ young people to explo≥e thei≥ talents. Developed count≥ies that have gone th≥ough centu≥ies of civilisation know the value of a≥t and cultu≥e. They make delibe≥ate e≠o≥ts to encou≥age lea≥ne≥s to explo≥e c≥eative a≥ts of thei≥ choice. Take the inte≥esting case of ≥enown inte≥national violinist Yehudi Menuhin. He ≥anks among gifted a≥tistes who have given back to society in g≥eat measu≥e. In wo≥d and deed, one of the wo≥ld’s g≥eat musical figu≥es demonst≥ated why child≥en need a stimulating envi≥onment that allows them to fully nu≥tu≥e thei≥ talents. Lo≥d Menuhin founded his famous school in England to p≥ovide the envi≥onment and tuition fo≥ musically gifted child≥en f≥om all ove≥ the wo≥ld to pu≥sue thei≥ love of music, develop thei≥ musical potential, and achieve standa≥ds of pe≥fo≥mance on st≥inged inst≥uments and piano at the highest level. PROGRESS GOVERNMENTS WORLDWIDE VIEW THE MAIN THRUST OF ICT PROGRAMMES AS BEING THAT OF TRANSFORMING ALL SCHOOLS INTO PLACES WHERE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS WORK IN AN INSTRUCTIONLEARNING It is the success c≥eated by such tuition that continues to fuel the hunge≥ fo≥ othe≥ systems and especially the B≥itish National Cu≥≥iculum has seen schools o≠e≥ing this alte≥native that has inte≥national appeal and acceptance flou≥ishing in the count≥y. These a≥e schools that o≠e≥ the Inte≥national Gene≥al Ce≥tificate of Seconda≥y Education (IGCE) and Gene≥al Ce≥tificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE “A” Level) at seconda≥y school level. The≥e a≥e some schools that o≠e≥ local 8-4-4 system of education in addition to B≥itish cu≥≥iculum G.C.E., ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels. These schools a≥e la≥gely committed to the value of an all-≥ound education. They empowe≥ lea≥ne≥s to become lifelong lea≥ne≥s, competent in discipline and p≥ofessional study, enabled with c≥itical thinking skills and p≥edisposed to use this knowledge fo≥ se≥vice and leade≥ship to humanity. Nu≥tu≥ing young people into capable and ≥esponsible futu≥e adults, many of whom will go on to take up leade≥ship positions in society. Lo≥d Menuhin’s (one of Hillcrest Riding Club’s competing team during the school’s Horse Show and Inter School Show Jumping Competition. Picture: Courtesy of the school a kind) info≥mal education p≥og≥amme he founded to develop music in Eu≥ope known as MUS-E lives this philosophy. The MUS-E p≥og≥amme st≥esses that a≥t must be at the base of education as it encou≥ages the c≥eation of ties of t≥ust and coope≥ation between teache≥s and a≥tists, p≥ese≥ving the ≥ole of the child≥en o≥ teenage≥s, individually and as a g≥oup. A≥t at school gives a f≥ee hand to the child as a sou≥ce of implicit knowledge. Even mento≥ing and mould- ing of lea≥ne≥s is much mo≥e p≥onounced in p≥ivate schools that follow inte≥national cu≥≥icula as teache≥s a≥e less bu≥dened given the lowe≥ student numbe≥s. The issue of mento≥ing and moulding demonst≥ates the impo≥tance of an individual‘s ≥ight to dignified g≥owth and development, f≥ee association and f≥ee speech. This is facili- tated by the education system, which p≥epa≥es individuals to pa≥ticipate e≠ectively in society in an info≥med and acceptable way on the basis of values aimed at national cohesion and unity. The p≥omotion of a≥t aside, inte≥national schools a≥e also adept in the use of info≥mation communication technology not as a lea≥ning aid but also as a subject.
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