MY STORY ABOUT THE KNOWLEDGE CO-CREATION TRAINING (KCCP)
I am delighted to share my short story of the benefits I have acquired from the two KCCPs organized by National Science Center Zambia in conjunction with JICA-Zambia. The first experience was a training held from 5th May to 1st June 2019 under the theme “Improving understanding of Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) in a Particular topic or Learning area at Primary school and Junior secondary school Levels. The second opportunity I got was the online KCCP that was held from 11th to 17th March 2021 under the theme “Enhancing Teacher Professional Growth in STEM Education: Towards Effective STEM Learning Outcomes”
I wish to acknowledge that these two training opportunities were unique and a timely experience. Having an “eagles’ eye” in understanding of the curriculum and deciding on the appropriate pedagogy for the content, activities, questions to ask, preparing for learners’ likely misconceptions are great skills that I have utilized in my work as a CPD trainer. I do interrogate all the resources required to deliver a learner centred lesson. Since these are skills not familiar to most educators, I have used the approach of preparing mini lesson which I demonstrate to different stakeholders as a manifestation that it is possible to have lessons in which learners learn to think. I can testify that there is light at the end of the tunnel. The online experience was such an exciting moment because I was able to co create knowledge from other educators from some African countries. I drew experiences from the online training and it has enabled me to organize, host and train other educators. I am able to digitize content and use it for virtual trainings. I am proud to mention that I am a digital immigrant whose ICT skills have greatly advanced by embracing and utilising the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPaCK) model.
I wish to sincerely appreciate the Ministry of General Education Zambia and the Government of Japan through JICA-Zambia who enabled me to be part of these enriching academic experiences. I’m greatly indebted to the Director and all the trainers of National Science Center for that superior “touch” and expertise you exhibited during the trainings. Appreciation goes to the government of Uganda through the Ministry of Education and Sports for nominating me for the two courses. May God richly bless you all, and Africa.