Teachers Training by Tech for Bangladesh
The first session of the JAAGO teacher-training program has been conducted back in April 5th – 9th. Teach for Bangladesh was the facilitator for this training program which is a nationwide movement of exceptional university graduates and young professionals who are committed to expanding educational opportunity for all children in Bangladesh, starting with a two-year professional fellowship teaching in high-need communities. The Teach for Bangladesh Fellowship is a highly selective, challenging and rewarding leadership development program which prepares participants to become lifelong advocates for equity from both inside and outside the education system. Teach for Bangladesh teachers discussed at length, lesson plans and teaching techniques during this interactive session.
Training for New Teachers
When it comes to teaching, reading a book is not enough. Even hearing teachers talk about teaching methods is not enough. New teachers need practice teaching combined with effective mentoring in order to help them understand what is required from them in their new position. This happens through student teaching in the classroom setting. However, it is imperative that student teachers are placed in appropriate classes that meet their interests. Keeping these on the mind 19-20th May and 26-27th May EDP team has arranged two training sessions on Motivation, Classroom management, and Lesson Plan. EDP team supervised the teachers and provided feedback each day to help student-teachers learning. This training will give, the better understanding of teaching learning process, class management, and planning curriculum for the future.
Training for the Project Officers:
We have now 13 schools all over the Bangladesh. Our branch head is the project officer, so all the administrative and educational activities are supervised by the project officers. So it is very important for the project officers have a proper knowledge in working process. EDP team has arranged a six day-long training for the project officers on School Accounts, Admission Procedure, Updates, Dropout, Day to day operation of Project Officers. JDs of all staffs, Professionalism, IT, Dealing with Branch Staffs. Motivation and Positive Attitude. Email & Phone etiquette, HR policy, Rules & Regulation, and Handling Local Community.
This training will make the project officers more efficient and gave a better knowledge about the working procedure of JAAGO Foundation.
Teaching at JAAGO Foundation
At JAAGO we work hard to provide access to quality education for all; but often in Bangladesh recruiting and retaining quality teachers can prove tough. As a non-profit organization with limited resources, JAAGO struggles to compete with larger private schoolswho are able to pay higher salaries and provide additional resources.Furthermore, at JAAGO we cater for the underprivileged children of Bangladesh who can often be challenging to handle in the classroom as they have little understanding of rules and means of respect.
These issues can make teaching at JAAGO challengingand demanding, and therefore JAAGO is working to provide opportunities for our teachers to develop. Through support, information and discussion JAAGO’s teachers will be able to provide quality education to the impoverished children of Bangladesh.
In order to provide this quality education to our students, we organised a comprehensive teacher development program to train and support our teachers.
This program was facilitated by income generated through Global Giving, to provide a training session on the professional development of teachers facilitated by SPEED (Services for Professional Education and Enterprise Development).SPEED is an adult education and training centre, with 9 years’ experience in providing international-standard training programs to working professionals. The funds generated meant that JAAGO Foundation was able to provide 30 teachers from different branches with an eight day training course involving:
The raised funds supported this program which had a significant impact on the performance of not only our teachers, but also our students.
Since the launch of the program, we have seen significant improvements in our teachers’ motivation and engagement with students. Since the training, the 30 teachers have implemented new teaching techniques within the classrooms and are becoming much more creative with their lesson plans.
Previous to the training session, teachers lacked motivation and incentives; however since the SPEED program was launched our teachers have become more imaginative and driven to provide quality education to our students. Furthermore our studentsare more engaged in the classroom and inspired to learn.
We asked Zahinatul Islam how he thought the training had influenced his teaching: “As a newbie in teaching, SPEED training really helped me a lot to sharpen up my skills as a teacher.The training taught me about class management, teaching techniques and how to give lectures in an effective way.”
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