| Nov 17, 2017
New vehicle helps spread quality education
Thank you! Your contribution supported Ba Futuru's purchase of a new 4-wheel drive vehicle enabling us to access remote schools in order to implement our Inspiring Young Learners through Quality Education project. This meant much needed teacher training and mentoring could be carried out to the benefit thousands of students. Having the vehicle means we can now continue our work across all 13 municipalities of Timor-Leste to inspire young learners, empower women, protect children and prevent violence.
We will be paying off the remaining costs of the vehicle over the next year with project contributions and support from donors like you! Please consider supporting Ba Futuru’s work further this holiday season with e-holiday cards at:
These are some of the great things the project has achieved:
After the training we undertook classroom observations and we noticed positive changes, such as, all of teachers couldset up clear expectations about lesson content and classroom behaviour, they could do participatory activities (individual and group) such as exploring ideas, playing games and doing energizers, formulating comprehension questions and praising their students for good work and/or good behaviour. These may seem small changes but are big strides forward in classroom management away from rote learning and corporal discipline.
Some quotations from the teachers and students involved:
“I found it very interesting to learn about how to creative a friendly classroom environment, for example through the use of lesson planning and classroom management. I would like to suggest to Ba Futuru prolongs their cooperation with our school.”
“I always use violence in my class, for example shouting, slapping and expelling students from the class. I use violence because some students are very naughty, some are my age, and some even older than me. But through this training I learned how to speak softly.”
“The teacher mentoring helped me a lot. Sometimes previously I didn’t prepare my lesson plan well before I went to teach. But Ba Futuru helped me to understand how to develop a good lesson plan, and how to incorporate various methods into my teaching so all students participate actively. To give an example: I just used the mini whiteboard activity to ask my students questions and I saw that the students got very excited about it. After the class they asked me to continue using this method.”
“After the teachers participated in the teacher training, we saw that there were some changes in their way of teaching. They started to do discussions in class, they do games and revisions of the previous lesson before they start teaching. But some teachers still use old methods, for example they just ask the students to copy from the board. I still see teachers who come and teach without a lesson plan and during the lesson they don’t pay attention to the students. We hope the teachers who already participated in the teacher training can implement the methods they’ve learned and become a good example for the other teachers.”