Last week we delivered a series of training sessions for our Lessons for Life Foundation partners.
Since 2014, we have been working with Lessons for Life towards the shared goal of improving the quality of children’s education through teacher training and support. By helping teachers improve their skills we enable them to better engage and motivate their students, improve their quality of teaching and encourage more children to come to school. This will play a central role in reducing the number of pupils dropping out before completing their primary education (currently an 80% dropout rate).
For five days, 16 Lead Teachers and 4 members of NGO staff attended the RedEarth Training Centre in Masindi. They travelled from Wakiso, Lyantonde, Iganga and Hoima to attend. Lead Teachers are teachers selected by RedEarth who have already exhibited a high level of good practice in their own classrooms. We train Lead Teachers to support and train other teachers themselves, so that the RedEarth training can eventually be handed over to a local Ugandan team.
Last week’s training workshops were focused around Interactive Teaching & Learning Strategies. Participants were shown how to develop engaging teaching methods that will
improve their students’ learning and make their classes more fun. They will then pass on these skills to their colleagues and other teachers in their region. In effect this means our training session will help improve the learning experiences and outcomes of thousands of children.
We looked at different ways that teachers can be creative with the limited resources available in their community. Teachers were shown how to make learning aids using waste materials such as plastic bottles, cardboard and rice sacks. These skills will be extremely useful for improving their classroom learning environments at a minimal cost.
We also shared methods in how to effectively prepare lessons. Using the Ugandan curriculum documents, teachers were asked to plan a lesson they would be teaching soon which would involve using some of the interactive strategies they had been learning about in the training. They were then asked to make the learning materials that would support the lesson they had planned and to present this to their colleagues.
Finally, participants learnt how to successfully deliver training to teachers themselves. This has strengthened their ability to teach and train their colleagues, which means the material learnt will impact more teachers and even more children. Participants observed RedEarth Field Officers and volunteers delivering a session and focused on identifying what strategies they used to make the session interactive, interesting and engaging. They then put together a list of ‘Top Tips for Trainers’