30 January 2009
|A new school building under construction. JRS builds new schools for the newly trained teachers. (Phil Cunningham/JRS)|
|Mr. Lisok further advised teachers to utilise the knowledge and skills gained to benefit the community, adding that the children they teach must feel that the teachers truly love them through rendering excellent services to them.|
The main objective of the training was to improve teachers’ teaching methodologies and techniques and to help them discover their strengths and weakness to improve their performance and the quality of their teaching which is in line with the overall objective to promote professional teacher development through formal training. The workshop which was facilitated by JRS teacher trainer Wani Emmanuel Denson was attended by 75 teachers of which 21% were female. Since 2001, when the project first started, about three quarters of the untrained teachers in Kajo Keji County have received in-service teacher training.
During the training sessions, lessons were conducted for one week. Practical exercises of lesson planning and checking them followed during the second week and the facilitators helped those teachers facing problems. Microteaching sessions and classroom observation of the teachers was completed by the facilitators after the practice exercise in scheming and lesson planning. The teachers prepared for three days and finally sat for examinations. According to the facilitators, the trainees are good and knowledgeable at preparing schemes of work and lesson plans but lack adequate skills and techniques of lesson presentation to impart knowledge to the pupils.
Empowering with knowledge
Speaking on behalf of the trainees, Anda Simaya, a primary school teacher, commented that the training has empowered them with skills and knowledge, which will help them to raise the children to become future leaders, and recommended the continuation of the in-service training program. He requested JRS to offer formal training for those trained under in-service and improve their sleeping quarters by availing mattresses other than papyrus mates.
Project Director Joseph Lisok explained the
background of the teacher-training programme and assured its continuation. He
recommended that those who attended such training would be considered for
Teacher Training Institutes if they meet admission requirements. He further
announced that a formal teacher-training programme in which more than 100
trainees will enroll for a three years programme would be piloted at Kajokeji
and Yei once the training modules prepared by JRS are approved by the
Mr. Lisok further advised teachers to utilise the
knowledge and skills gained to benefit the community, adding that the children
they teach must feel that the teachers truly love them through rendering
excellent services to them. He also stressed the importance of teachers for the
development of the society since they provide the necessary basic training
which is the requirement for all other qualifications.
Difficulties with teachers working
The inspector for primary schools Edward Londo
appealed to JRS to continue building the capacity of the teachers and help the
inspectors at the County Education office to adequately prepare them to face
the challenges in implementing the education curriculum in South Sudan. He
advised the facilitators to be accessible and available to JRS whenever they
are called upon. Mr. Londo also noted that after taking a sample of schools for
inspection they discovered that trained teachers do not prepare lesson plans
and scheme of work compared with those who have attended in-service teacher
training. He cautioned teachers for unprofessional behaviour and advised
teachers to improve their discipline and act as role models.
The guest of honour, Charles Wani
At the end of the workshop Mr. Denson pointed out that to effectively follow up on the training, collaboration with the County Education Office, and the Inspectorate Department should be strengthened using the few JRS facilities. To address recurrent problems in attendance and in order to meet the new emerging needs of secondary school teachers, a school based in-service teacher training will be organised soon. The closing ceremony was attended by all JRS staff, facilitators and the deputy principal of Comboni Comprehensive College, Lomin, which was hosting the training.