Last week we hosted 12 teachers from 8 different schools from Kilifi County for a 2-day workshop on ‘Alternative approaches to Discipline’.
Corporal punishment was banned in 2006, further it was enshrined in various legal instruments such as Constitution of Kenya, 2010 (Art 53, ”Protection from child abuse, neglect, harmful cultural practices, forms of violence, inhuman treatment &punishment, hazardous & exploitative labour”). The reality shows that it has never been fully implemented. One of the factors is that not all teachers are equipped with knowledge on the variety of alternative approaches to disciplines.
The workshop program included information and inputs to understanding development needs in children, fostering positive behavior through teacher learner healthy relationship, how to handle children with different capabilities, legal and policy framework on child safeguarding and approaches of positive discipline.
The workshop also provided a platform for the teachers to share their experiences in regards to the workshop topic as well as the progress on the introduction of the school safeguarding policy.
A big thank you to all facilitators for all their inputs and participants for their valuable contribution and active participation.
Creating safe spaces children is of utmost importance and that we can only achieve if we uphold their rights.
CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE.
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to be shy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with tolerance, they learn to be patient.