SABIS International School, situated in Nairobi’s Runda suburbs, has kicked off the third trimester smoothly amid the global lock down due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic using SABIS e-learning solutions. The school has deployed virtual learning programmes provided by SABIS that include digital lessons, e-books and digital platform for students and parents that enable them to continue learning seamlessly and with confidence.
Students and parents can access a Weekly Plan of Home Learning and the proposed Daily Home Learning Schedule on the SABIS Digital Platform similar to what is available during normal school days for all grade levels. The weekly plans contain selected material that students should be covering in each week with the daily home schedule directing them on what will be covered each day.
(TOP: Sirah Bah, a Grade 2 student at SABIS International School at Runda, Nairobi, revising at home in Nairobi, Kenya).
The weekly plan is accessible with hyperlinks to the Interactive White Board lessons that teachers/students usually use in active classrooms. The programme utilizes the Virtual Classroom feature by Microsoft Teams to deliver live lessons to students so that they do not miss out on learning while being away from school.
Teachers facilitate lessons for students, who can access these lessons on their tablets of computers, as if they are in a class while delivering a learning session using the relevant material. During these lessons, students are able to ask questions and engage in the lesson with their teachers and follow along in their books. In addition to monitoring and attendance, these sessions can be recorded and made available for later view.
According to the school director, Robert S. Kleynhans the online classes are for all students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 and will be closely monitored by parents and teachers in the school on a lesson-by-lesson basis.
“The system allows parents to provide feedback to the school on the progress of their children’s lessons at home and get feedback on any queries they may have, in addition to individualized online assessments that students take to track their learning progress and provide targeted support,” noted Kleynhans.
As a member of the global SABIS Network, the school in Runda is leveraging on all the resources made available to them and their students, including online videos, which are sometimes created centrally at SABIS headquarters or from sister schools across the network. These videos use a similar curriculum, familiar teaching methodology, and learning materials to reinforce important concepts students are learning.
“The third trimester has kicked off smoothly and we are monitoring the students closely to ensure that learning progresses well as per the school schedule,” said Kleynhans.
The school has also continued to offer its popular reading program at home in an effort to ensure that all students continue reading as much as possible over this period, and the library has organized a Non-Fiction Reading Challenge for all students to work on during this time. This is a good chance to encourage children to continue reading.
SABIS is an international network of schools that has an active presence on 20 countries on five continents and educates over 70,000 students in both the public and private sector. Schools in the SABIS Network implement the SABIS Educational System, an integrated, comprehensive, Kindergarten through twelfth grade academic program that prepares students for success in college, learn how to engage in lifelong learning, and become well-rounded, responsible, community-minded individuals who can achieve sustained success.
Students enrolled at SABIS schools access various benefits. These include a well-structured, rigorous, international curriculum; books designed to dovetail precisely with the curriculum and aligned to state and national standards; proven instructional methods that keep them engaged and learning efficiently; regular assessment that contributes to building a solid foundation of knowledge; cutting-edge educational tools that keep them interested and involved in the learning process; an engaging and active student life that helps them explore their talents, discover their interests, and develop essential life skills; and a safe, disciplined, and positive school environment that allows them to feel secure and focus on developing their knowledge, skills, and abilities.