SESEA was a five-year project designed to strengthen teacher education and support systems to improve and sustain learning outcomes for boys and girls in pre-primary and primary levels in target areas of East Africa. SESEA was part of the partnership for Advancing Human Development in Africa and Asia (PAHDAA), a five-year programme co-funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC).
AKES, K, as one of the agencies of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), has been implementing SESEA in Mombasa from 2013. Its major contribution was mentoring through the placement of practicum students, both from Early Childhood Development Colleges and Teachers Training Colleges such as the Madrassa Resource Training Institute, the Shanzu Business School and Islamic Teachers Training Institute. This was to expose student teachers (mentees) to the best teaching and learning experiences and practices at two practicum sites. These sites work closely with regular AKES, K teachers (mentors) employed at Aga Khan Primary School and Aga Khan Nursery School, Mombasa.
The two practicum sites had high quality gender responsive institutions for mentees. They also provided professional development to existing mentors to expand their knowledge and skills. They provided the schools with essential teaching and learning materials and general day-to-day stationery and resources that support teachers in active learning, including developing teaching and learning materials from locally available resources.
The mentors were exposed to different face-to-face professional development courses and online learning that emphasised gender-responsive pedagogy. The objective was to leave behind strengthened teacher education and support systems that will be able to improve and sustain learning outcomes for both boys and girls in pre-primary and primary schools.
By the end of SESEA (September 2017), AKES, K will have mentored 110 female students and 42 male students for a total of 152 - both from the AKPS, M and AKNS, M.