Education for the Deaf (E4D) Secondary School STEM Specialist

Project Description

St. Angela’s Mumias Secondary School for the Deaf and
ACK Ematundu Boys Secondary School for the Deaf
have requested the support of Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) to serve as Education for the Deaf (E4D) Secondary School STEM Specialists. The Ministry of Education Department of Science and Technology is currently focused on promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects in secondary schools and Literacy in early grade learning levels, through implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC). Deaf learners continue to experience challenges in transitioning to the various levels of academic progression and access to higher level institutions due to poor performance in national examinations. The implementation of the new CBC curriculum for learners with special needs includes major adaptations in the curriculum, teaching and learning materials, and assessment methods. In particular, a need has been identified for teacher training, capacity building, and development of Kenyan Sign Language (KSL) to include technical math and science signs and harmonize existing ones to improve the quality of teaching and curriculum content delivery among secondary school Deaf students.

To implement this E4D expansion into secondary schools, PCRVs will work in secondary schools for the Deaf to assist in implementation of the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC). They may be teaching in STEM areas, specifically, Math, Science, and ICT subjects. They will collaborate with local teachers and other stakeholders to adapt the curriculum content and teaching and learning resources to make it suitable for Deaf learners and promote creativity and innovation among Deaf students. They will take part in KSL development through teacher communities of practice, and leading projects that help to develop and harmonize science and math signs, improve the teaching of scientific concepts, and overall improvement of learning outcomes in those subjects.

Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Kenya together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

St. Angela’s Mumias Secondary School for the Deaf and ACK Ematundu Boys Secondary School for the Deaf

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s Degree in Deaf Education, Math, Science, or related field
• Special education training or experience
• Experience in secondary school teaching
• Working knowledge of a sign language
• Openness and willingness to learn Kenyan Sign Language
• Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) or a minimum of two years working overseas in an international development context
• Flexibility and patience to adapt to changing circumstances and work without constant or close supervision
• Intercultural communication and relationship-building skills
• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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