Golden Chalk

Driven by the belief that teachers shape young minds and are the most influential force in a nation, Mrs. Hannie Biwott (VWT’s founder & former secondary school teacher), created Golden Chalk as a way to motivate, reward, and inspire Kenyan teachers.

Golden Chalk is an annual 10-day journey through Israel for Kenyan teachers who have been recognized for their outstanding commitment and contribution to education. Each year, up to twenty teachers from across the country are selected by their students in a secret ballot, ensuring the best people are chosen by the right people. As part of the Golden Chalk journey, the teachers visit Israel’s unique historic, cultural, and religious sites as well as local schools and innovative enterprises. They meet people from different cultures and backgrounds, share ideas, and return home with a renewed enthusiasm for teaching. Beyond an immediate desire to thank Kenya’s extraordinary teachers and reward them for their exemplary contributions, the Golden Chalk has a broader mission to bridge social and cultural gaps, promote awareness of Jewish heritage, and share a passion for modern Israel.

Congratulations to teachers Bonface Musembi and Esther Ngina for being voted by your students at St Joseph Girl’s Kibwezi as their Best Male and Female teachers.

Within the land of Israel, there lies an ancient wall. It’s found in Old Jerusalem, beyond her gates so tall – Poem: Western Wall/Poetica Magazine

“The confidence and dedication of these students made me realise how having the right teacher also contributes greatly to the kind of future you make for yourself”
– Christine Simani

Eunice Maina at the Church of the Nativity.

We believe that teachers can be the most positively influential figures in a nation. Golden Chalk’s tag line and theme, Israel: “light unto the nations”, is inspired by the Old Testament Book of Isaiah.

“I was inspired to get in teaching by my home science and business teacher back in primary school. She was always smart and would go the extra mile.”

Tabitha Wanjiru Mukiri – Esukuta Primary School

Living it up at the Dead Sea. This experience was a must for the group. How often do you get to slather yourself in therapeutic clay and float in a lake 9.6 times saltier than the ocean?

“A boat ride at the sea of Galilee from Capernaum (town of Jesus) to Tiberium was the most memorable moment. This was a route frequently used by Jesus and I imagine myself in those days. It was a moment to behold.”
-Juliet Mbogori, Starehe Girls

“I was happy to learn about Israel’s innovation in medicine and IT. Farming: how to improve production in dairy cattle. Minimal use of
fertilizers and agrochemical and conservation of water”. -Juliet Mbogori, Starehe Girls

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The places I liked the most in my #GoldenChalk Trip to Israel were; the Holocaust Museum, Innovation center and the Dead Sea. These places really opened my mind for rational thinking. swimming in the Dead Sea was quite memorable. I got knowledge on innovation, how to do farming, history of Israel and being patient in life. I plan to help the students and colleagues understand more about the bible and start an innovation club and do more farming

– Mr Daniel Njagi – Gundua Mixed Secondary School

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