Saturday 1 September 2012

2012 Trip / Kahama / Train the Teacher Pictures

Our Train the Teacher week was extremely successful!  30 Primary teachers from schools in and around Kahama attended the five-day course.

Heike and participants. Some of the classes took place outside the Teacher Training Centre (TRC)
Heike spent months putting together eight sets of 30 books, pens, pencils, rulers, crayons etc. so that each teacher went away with resources to use in their otherwise empty classrooms. A major aspect of the week was that teachers were shown how to create their own resources.

Erin shows the participants how to use a calendar as a teaching tool
This seemingly simple activity is the perfect way for the Kahama teachers to build a system for teaching English and understanding of concepts to their primary school students; days of the week and months of the year songs were incorporated, children can practice counting in English and have an understanding of today/yesterday/tomorrow and by adding colours and shapes the children can learn about patterns.

Sheena demonstrates Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes for the Parts of the Body teaching theme
A fun class!
Heike, Sheena and Erin had a game plan before leaving but it very much depended on how many teachers actually attended and their level of understanding and speaking English. (Generally low.)  The first day went well and they were able to refine the structure for the rest of the week and present a series of activity based workshops where each unit built on the knowledge and skills of the one before to provide the participants with the tools (as well as the resources) to teach English in a way that will engage their students and ultimately lead to higher literacy levels for each community in our district. (Over time, with future Teach the Teacher Programs.)

Our donated books at the Kahama TRC.

There are 120 schools in the Kahama Region. The Tanzanian Government has provided 5 Teacher Resource Centres for the area. Funds do not stretch to stocking them - or the schools.

Thank you to all those who sponsored a teacher - teacher photos and sponsor names are on previous posts. We received more sponsors than teachers so the remaining funds were used to purchase supplies for the teachers - many thanks to Jan & Al, Carol & Tom, Philomena, Angela and Chris & Leah.

Contact us for further details or to donate educational supplies or if you would like to make a donation towards education in Kahama.
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