We are delighted to share that we have completed the first training workshops for the next phase of our Transformational Teacher Training project in the Eastern Region of Ghana!
This year, we are working with teachers from 114 classrooms across six districts who all completed our teacher training course in 2021 and have now embarked on additional training focused on coaching and mentoring skills.
We are also working closely with the Ghana Education Service and two Colleges of Education in the Eastern Region namely Presbyterian Women’s and Seventh Day Adventist. The colleges offer the Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education for the next generation of kindergarten teachers. As part of the teaching degree, student teachers are expected to spend a proportion of their time in live classrooms to get practical hands on experience of teaching.
Through this years work, the 114 classrooms will become ‘Model Practice Classrooms’. The teachers in these classrooms demonstrate ‘best practice’ with their teaching methods, supporting children to learn through play and activity and making sure their classrooms are well resourced with lots of fun activities for the children to enjoy. Through this years extra training these teachers will also learn the skills to coach and mentor student teachers from the two colleges who will visit their classroosm as part of their degree course.
It is essential that student teachers are not just taught the theory of teaching, they also need to learn through experience and time in classrooms. Over 200 student teachers, year on year, will have access to Model Practice Classrooms and will graduate as confident capable teachers supporting kindergarten children across Ghana.
The most recent workshop was a recap on all the content the teachers learnt in 2021 so that it is all fresh in their minds as we move to focus on coaching and mentoring student teachers.
Here is some great feedback from the first training workshop:
“My learners enjoy all aspects of the day’s activities. I am ready to mentor the student teachers to be the best’. Eunice Adonteng Appah, Adamorobe kindergarten teacher.
“I have really come to embrace the support Sabre has provided. I feel proud of my kindergarten centre and I have more confidence in my kindergarten teachers because they are really doing what is expected of them, we are happy to be part of the selected schools and ready to assist the student teachers we’ll be receiving” Martha Djan, Aburi Presby B head teacher.
“This is my first time attending your training because I have been asked to head one of the selected schools. I am impressed with the kind of content you give to the teachers. I will support my teachers with what they will need to make their classrooms an ideal place for both the learners and the student teachers ” Adom Richard, Berekuso head teacher.