Greatness United - G-United is an annual national volunteering programme that was launched on September 2014 by the Presidency of the Republic of Kenya, and is implemented by the Ministry of Education, with technical support provided by Evidence Action. The primary aims of the programme are:
1. Strengthen and support primary education outcomes; educational outcomes such as early reading and math skills will be enhanced, with volunteers under the guidance of teachers, providing remedial support to pupils that have been identified as requiring extra support.
As mentors, volunteers will be challenged to inspire, motivate and cultivate a culture of greatness at their partner primary schools. The volunteers acting as education ambassadors will promote school enrollment through outreach and awareness raising campaigns in their host communities.
2. Promote national cohesion; by volunteering in areas other than their home or residence counties, university graduates will gain invaluable exposure to diverse environments and communities. Whilst on placement with partner primary schools, these volunteers will live with resident host families, further increasing opportunities for meaningful cultural exchange.
3. To create enriching personal development opportunities for the youth through community service. University graduates who are selected to participate in this prestigious programme will develop essential professional and life skills; they will go through extensive training and practical experience that will contribute towards making them better individuals.
A LIFE - CHANGING EXPERIENCE
Becoming a G-United volunteer, known as Volunteer Graduate Assistants (VGAs), is a great opportunity for self-driven, hardworking and passionate young Kenyan graduates to travel to counties other than their home counties and become a generation of leaders and changemakers. Volunteers become 'education ambassadors' who provide remedial education support to young learners in order to contribute to the improvement of the quality of education in Kenya.
In addition to receiving mentorship from a host of professionals and life coaches in the course of their service, G-United volunteers are encouraged to initiate social community projects of their choice which help improve the quality of living locally.
WHAT DO VOLUNTEER GRADUATE ASSISTANTS DO?
G-United volunteers undergo upto 2-weeks of training which equips them with the necessary skills for their placement. This training includes an Introduction to Reading Aloud with young learners faciliated by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, the importance of National Cohesion by the National Commission for Integration and Cohesion as well as personal development sessions and courses such as on Personal Branding and Entrepreneurship and Life Coaching.
After their training, VGAs are deployed in pairs to their placement counties - these are counties other than their home counties. This gives the volunteer an opportunity to experience a new environment other than what they are used to, and interact with Kenya's rich cultural diversity. While in their placements, they primarily support school teachers by helping in remedial education through Read Aloud Sessions with young struggling learners who have been identified as lagging behind in classes 2 and 3.
HOW DO I APPLY?
First, as a Kenyan national, ensure you meet the minimum requirements outlined below:
* a recent University graduate
* between the ages of 22-30 years old
* passionate about Community service
If your answer is 'YES' to each of the above, then
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