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.
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