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A couple of years ago I was privileged to chat with DR. David Baine, Professor Emeritus, Educational Psychology, University of Alberta Canada and Author of educational text/reference books.

Our chat was on the true meaning of Quality Education.

In his response he made it crystal clear that Quality Education prepares students for life, blends teaching of academics with teaching knowledge, skills and attitudes students require to live effectively in their current and future communities.

He introduced me to a Community-Referenced Curriculum which is based on the analysis of the unique communities students actually live in. For example, students living in communities like African refugee camps and rural areas have a different life experience and they deserve an education preparing them for their daily future lives in those communities.

The purpose of a community-referenced analysis is to identify the knowledge, skills and attitudes students require to live effectively in those communities. For a example, in one community, in addition to teaching academics, the curriculum might teach: entrepreneurial and vocational skills, avoiding substance, sexual and physical abuse, learning basic health care, avoiding gangs and criminal activities, managing personal, family and community life, learning parenting skills and developing a resilient personal and cultural identity.

David Baine, Ph. D. has published a book titled "Developing Community-Referenced Curricula.."
The book describes step by step how to develop a community-referenced curricula for students living in any community environment.

My colleagues who maybe interested in reviewing the book please don't hesitate to visit

As Tusekwile Imiti Ikula Foundation we are committed to promote true quality education for the children we are committed to serve.

Quality Education encourages the use of local solutions to local problems.. Nsekwila Kelvin
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About Kelvin

Kelvin Nsekwila is a practicing primary school teacher in Isoka District of Zambia. He is also the Founder Executive Director of a local non profit organization; Tusekwile Imiti Ikula Foundation (TIIF) whose mission is to promote quality education for the most marginalized and vulnerable children in his community who have no limited access to education by building schools and offering financial support for the young learners to stay in school. Kelvin is a young, passionate, motivated community leader who speaks to the students, adolescents, teachers and members of the general public on matters concerning entrepreneurship, Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights, early marriages, youth empowerment, spiritual guidance and educational leadership and management. Kelvin has also worked in the private sector as both a senior teacher and a school manager. Besides being a graduate in the faculty of education, Kelvin is also a pursuant of Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI Network) courses including; Understanding Human Rights, Community Organization for Action and Servant Leadership- The Deciding Difference. Kelvin has held a range of leadership positions in the education sector and subsequently won accolades including; Global Goodwill Ambassador- Humanitarian, Capacity Building for Sustainable Development in the Education Sector- Texila American University, Ambassador and Country Representative at International Youth Parliament, Country Head for World Education Community and World Literacy Ambassador. Kelvin has also undergone trained as a peace builder by the Rotarian Action Group for Peace under the theme of Non-Violent Communication.