Understanding student’s problems is a very crucial part in the learning process. Poor performance is one of the biggest challenges in most schools. Poor performance comes due to problems like poor reading and writing skills. Through our ICT training in schools, we have been able to come up with peer to peer learning as a solution to address this problem.We started by creating a collaborative learning environment where sharing knowledge and learning from each other is encouraged among the students. Since students had the desire to learn ICT, this was a very good beginning point. We started by identifying quick learners and average learners and grouped them with students with learning difficulties. This made sure that they all learnt from each other since they all had different learning abilities.
A few weeks later, we realized that those who were scared to even touch the computers at the beginning had started touching them and following what their friends were telling them to do in addition to getting some guidance from the trainers.Most of them were happy and excited to see this happening.
Apart from improving their performance, students have also developed skills such as; working collaboratively with others, leadership, problem solving, sharing, communication, critical thinking and how to make friends.
Peer to Peer learning is becoming increasingly important and is being used in a variety of disciplines in many countries.
Maendeleo Foundation continues to employ different strategies so as to address even the most difficult problems that prevent learners from exploiting their full potential through using ICT.
Kiddawalime Isaac (ICT Trainer Maendeleo Foundation)