Kenya’s Rose Tata Wekesa, a teacher at St Austin’s Academy Lavington, has her eyes set on breaking the the Guinness World Record for the longest science lesson by an individual.
Wekesa will attempt to teach Biology, Chemistry, and Physics for at least 50 hours non-stop in these attempts on February 13, 2024.
“I decided to do this because as a teacher I do not like how science classes are packed and many students end up not fulfilling their potential. I want to show the doable and interesting side of science. I want to motivate young ones in school who want to become teachers by showing a teacher can achieve greater things beyond the classroom,” says Tata.
Through her 12 years of teaching, she realized that several of her students aspire to be teachers as well. As a result, she has made it her mission to inspire the world and market the career.
“Teaching is a noble career and teachers should be highly esteemed. I intend to use the platform and the record to reach out to bodies that make policies to do with education and advocate for reforms,” she says.
The fete will be a challenging one due to the fact that Wekesa will have to sleep and fatigue to achieve the record. However, she is enthusiastic and determined to accomplish the task.
“I have been working on building my endurance, I have a team behind me that has helped with the lesson plan. The past three days, I stayed awake for 44 hours to train my body to stay awake,” she said.