Schools have been closed in Kenya and it’s a worry for Kenyan parents that their children may lose out on their right to knowledge and education. We have been advised to stay home and we thought it best to help you out with a few links. Below is a list of some apps like Zeraki Learning App, free online classes and educational resources.
Free Online Education Classes & Resources
This is a list compiled by home educators. It is a non-exhaustive list that might help those affected by school closures due to the Coronavirus outbreak in Kenya.
Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD)
Learners from Grade Three to Form Four will access lessons for up to eight hours daily through radio and television. The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) announced that it had expanded the existing broadcast for schools programme by more than two hours.
The programmes will now be aired for seven hours. KBC has also created a second channel that will air Kiswahili lessons for one hour daily.
KICD acting Chief Executive Officer Joel Mabonga said its television station – the Edu Channel – will also broadcast lessons.
“We are out to ensure that children are not left behind in terms of learning progress due to the crisis we are facing as a nation,” said Mr Mabonga.
Primary and Higher Education Online Classes
Zeraki Learning App
This is an educational platform that offers studies and courses from experienced high school teachers. The app comprises of video lessons and assessment tests from some of Kenya’s best high school teachers. It applies three simple processes; learn, practice and track.
The Zeraki Learning app has a straight forward application. It is available on the PlayStore. However, it is yet to be added to the AppStore. It has 5 lessons from form 1-4 so far. They include Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Geography.
However, it does have assignments for all the subjects, including Agriculture and Aviation. It also requires about 1GB of storage space to accommodate the subjects quizzes and assignments.
- Video Lessons: Multimedia lessons from expert teachers covering the high school syllabus.
- Assessment Tests: Students can take tests at the end of every topic or at the end of every form to assess and cement their learning.
- Performance Tracking: See how well you perform in each subject, form and topic and monitor your study patterns on Zeraki.
- Student-focused: The app is the results of years of expertise in education and technology and a deep understanding of what students need.
- Offline Access: Access all features of Zeraki on the app offline, including tests, analytics and downloaded lessons. Sync the app to access any new content available online.
At Khan Academy, students practice at their own pace. They first start with ‘fill in the gaps’ and then proceed to expand the questions according to the child’s abilities.
It is good for maths and computing for all ages and other subjects at the Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV license required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
A math learning platform that focuses on the American system from 1st to 8th grade. It is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age as well.
Computer Programming Classes
This is a fun platform where you can learn computer programming skills. Simple enough for kids to learn and enjoy.
With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Creative computer programming
Videos, Activities and Discovery Classes
TedEd platform has all sorts of engaging educational videos fit for all ages.
National Geographic Kids
This site includes activities and quizzes for younger kids.
With this site, you can learn languages for free. Web or app.
From courses like Astronomy to US History and Anatomy & Physiology it’s got you covered with an awesome variety of AP high school curriculum topics. With various witty hosts at your service, you won’t even notice you’re getting smarter.
Crash Course Kids
This channel explores the world of science. It has mini videos that explain certain topics to children in ways they can easily understand. As above for a younger audience
Paw Print Badges
The pawprint badges site has free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost some money but are optional.
Choose from a wide range of resources to give your class a glimpse into other cultures and provide a base to develop international partnerships.
Oxford Owl for Home
There are lots of free resources in the form of E-books for Primary age children.
Big History Project
Journey through nearly 14 billion years of history in this self-guided, six-hour version of Big History. You’ll find every chapter full of great activities to keep you entertained and test your learning.
Geography gaming! It’s just that simple. Have fun with Geography
Red Ted Art
Entertaining arts and crafts for the little ones when they are at home.
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest. Have fun with your children with these and many more activities.