African Maths Initiative Blogs

CCRP Research: Practical lesson for Primary School Pupils

It is quite good to be emulated with the primary school-going generation. Our presence at Tuyoo Kony primary school brought optimism among the standard seven pupils. A large number looks forward to working hard in their class work at least to clinch the secondary education and later university education. Speaking to the pupils on his experience, Leyton Mudaki attracted the pupils’ attention and enthusiasm on Mathematics and science. The pupils at Tuyoo Kony found it interesting especially when they were asked to define “University” by their motivator that Friday morning.

Leyton speaking to class 7 students from Tuyoo Kony Primary School.

Leyton speaking to class 7 students from Tuyoo Kony Primary School.

Most of the pupils got motivated and through this, I found it encouraging and reflected back during my time as a primary school going boy. We never received such chances and felt these pupils were more privileged in comparison with us during those times. As the head teacher of Tuyoo Kony continued with his introductory remarks, my minds travelled back to the days when we would assemble at the assembly ground only to be directed on the day’s chores and nothing else. But here the head teacher encouraged the students and even allowed us to have a day off with them into the village for the collection of data.
In the course of the data collection, the pupils asked a lot of questions seeking to be told on what actually they should do to get to the university. I got very much determined to share with them my total experience in order to make them at least get what they yearned for. As part of questionnaire administration, the pupils also got involved in filling their questions which actually made them interact more with the Open Data Kit form of data collection. At the end of each interview, these pupils were willing to tell their parents what they had learnt and what they would like to be in their near future. This brought a chance for the parents to talk to their children concerning their ambitions and promised to help them in their made decisions.

Students working with Smartphones. This enabled them to learn bits about mapping the areas surrounding their community using GPS Essentials.

Students working with Smartphones. This enabled them to learn bits about mapping the areas surrounding their community using GPS Essentials.

By the end of the survey, the pupils’ were very much excited and felt to have learnt new technologies and also experienced a lot during the day. On the other hand, those who had remained at school also loved the day due to the fact that they had interacted with the tablets to learn science and Mathematics. They found this activity to be more learnable and enjoyable as well. With all this, the pupils got it difficult to let the CCRP team to leave because they felt like spending more time with us. The day was just but wow!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>