A big focus for Street Child is to support the development of teachers, with the goal of improving the quality of education across all Street Child supported schools and beyond.
A big focus for Street Child is to support the development of teachers, with the goal of improving the quality of education across all Street Child supported schools and beyond. To date, Street Child has trained over 1,100 teachers across Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nepal.
In Sierra Leone a team of teaching specialists have been providing ongoing in-classroom training, mentoring and supervision for over 600 teachers. This is in addition to the multiple training programmes throughout the year that focus on strengthening teachers’ capacity to understand the national curriculum, use teaching textbooks to plan lessons and to manage classrooms effectively. In Sierra Leone a large focus has been on supporting teachers in rural schools to obtain their teaching qualifications and being recognised as public school teachers. The training and certification of teachers has seen a transformative impact on the lives of the teachers and their communities as well as the children’s learning outcomes in schools.
In Liberia, through a partnership scheme with the Ministry of Education, Street Child have been training teachers on a regular basis and providing ongoing classroom support to over 100 teachers in 12 government schools. An additional 50 teachers from 12 rural community schools have also benefitted from teacher training. The focus of these trainings have been on effective teaching of literacy and numeracy, as well as how best to make use of the national curriculum. An additional element to the trainings have been a focus on early childhood education (ECE) for the first 3 years of nursery school and integrating the ECE curriculum into government schools. Furthermore teachers have been encouraged through trainings to get creative and best make use of sourcing teaching materials from the local environment to make lessons more visually interesting and dynamic for students.
In Nepal, with the support of UNICEF and other international donors, over 360 teachers have been trained in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake in three main components: disaster risk preparedness and response, psycho-social support for students and water, sanitation and hygiene. An additional 150 school management committee members and district education authorities also took part of the training. The team in Nepal is currently following up with each participating school to ensure that the training has translated into tangible outcomes and that teachers and school management committees are incorporating disaster management plans into their school plans and both using and maintaining latrines and hand washing facilities appropriately. These efforts are essential in ensuring that communities and schools are prepared for any future earthquake in the region.
During the Ebola outbreak, Street Child led the global response for children orphaned by the virus in Sierra Leone and Liberia. When the disease struck in 2014, local staff were deployed to educate communities about the disease, and to lead the support of Ebola orphans. In this process we trained over 1,700 Ebola Educators, whose efforts were integral into the process of containing the spread of the disease.
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If you are a teacher and you are interested in getting involved with Street Child’s efforts, check out our International Teacher Training Programme here