Othaya Girls School Principal Jane Kimiti is the 2020 African Union Continental Teacher of the Year.
Kimiti bagged the best teacher award in a ceremony that was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on December 21.
The joyful Kimiti hailed the award as an appreciation for the contribution in the education of the girl child. She said that every country in the African Union had a representative and for her case—she flew the Kenyan flag.
“I am very happy with the recognition I have received from the African Union because it highlights my commitment to improve learning, community relations and teacher empowerment,” she said.
Adding, “Every AU state was to nominate two teachers as representatives, a man and woman, who made their presentation on policy and the best way forward to achieve the African agenda.”
She was feted for her creativity and contribution in piloting virtual learning which targeted far-flung learners in the 100 kilometre radius in Othaya, Nyeri County. She did this even before the Covid-19 pandemic struck.
She said, “Our teachers would collaborate with their colleagues under the programme we named ‘classes without walls’. This ensured the teachers are able to exchange ideas and students get the best of every teacher.”
According to the local media, Kimiti used local administrators such as chiefs and their assistants to reach out to the learners while distributing learning materials.
“I thank my team of teachers, the support from Teacher Service Commission (TSC), who is my employer and the TSC chief executive Dr Nancy Macharia was the first to congratulate me,” Kimiti said.