Nourhan Ibrahim ’20, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

As a teaching assistant with the Northern Kenya Conservation Clubs, I implemented and taught lesson plans, and modified the curriculum. I also helped organize a Community Conservation Day at 14 schools. On a typical day, I would go to a school to teach. My lesson plans covered topics pertinent to Laikipia County and would involve reading a story, teaching a lesson, and playing a game or completing an activity that complemented the material. I gained a lot of teaching and general skills during this work. I learned to overcome language barriers by adapting lesson plans to include clarifying questions and by drawing concepts on the chalkboard. I also learned to effectively communicate ideas through games and activities, and to adapt lessons to different age groups. I hope to incorporate education into my future academic study and independent work, as well as engage with the communities of Northern Kenya again in some capacity.