WISERBridge Primary School Program

WISERBridge serves boys and girls in Muhuru Bay who wish to continue on to secondary school. Through remedial lessons for Standard 8 students and capacity building programs for teachers, WISERBridge seeks to improve the standard of primary level education, better prepare students for the national primary examinations, and promote gender parity.
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Year launched: 
2010
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CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
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Implementer: 
WISER (Women’s Institute for Secondary Education & Research) (3783)
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Location Data

City: 
Muhuru Bay
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Program Description: 

WISERBridge is a partnership between WISER NGO and the Area Education Office in Muhuru Bay, Kenya, a village in rural Kenya characterized by poverty, high HIV rates, poor performance by girls in school, forced marriages, early pregnancy, and physical and psychological abuse. These conditions affect performance in the national primary examinations (KCPE). To address this, the program implements remedial classes to all students in their final year of primary (standard 8) aimed at preparing them for the KCPE exams. Although initially designed to improve the retention and academic success of girls, the program works with both genders. Working with 16 public and private primary schools in Muhuru Bay, WISERBridge sessions are held at each primary school before and after the regular school day and are facilitated by their teachers. The classes are focused on revision and WISERBridge partners with the teachers to develop curricula and schedules to enrich and challenge student learning (by identifying learning gaps), improve KCPE pass rates, and build gender parity.

Teachers from each school facilitate the classes and WISERBridge utilizes pay-for-performance incentives to ensure their implementation and success. The program pays teachers for 7 hours of classes per week and 14 hours for schools with double streams. The program also builds capacity in the teachers via professional development workshops, seminars, and training on gender sensitivity in the classroom. The teachers also take part in teacher exchange programs to learn best practice and lessons learnt from their peers. Three exams are administered each year (termly) by the WISERBridge Community Panel to monitor student progress and provide formative assessment to teachers on the sufficiency of their teaching. This also helps the program ensure that the girls pass successfully and can proceed to WISER Secondary School and boys can receive sponsorship to other secondary schools.