Training for Business Studies Teachers in Zimbabwe
Emergination Africa successfully trained 81 Business Studies teachers from 81 government, mission and private schools in Zimbabwe. The purpose of the training was to train teachers from schools that will participate in the National Business Case Competition (NBCC) this year. The teacher training program served as an opportunity to equip, empower, excite and enlighten teachers with relevant competencies that will aid learners in developing, perfecting and presenting their business ventures. From your generous donations 27 teachers from rural government schools in Zimbabwe were able to attend the teacher training. At Emergination Africa we strive to foster teacher inclusion as teachers will be the first point of contact with our learners and pivotal to the development of learners’ mindsets and attitudes toward opportunities. Below are some of the activities teachers went through during the training from all 10 Provinces of Zimbabwe.
Teachers Developing Solutions Based on a Business Model Canvas
Across the 10 provinces, teachers had the opportunity to engage in completing a business model canvas as a prelude to the activity they are supposed to facilitate in their schools as they seek to find solutions to an identified business challenge within their communities and provinces. The business model canvas exercise falls under Prototype Development, a key module key to our NBCC this year. Learners, through their teacher coaches, will be expected to develop new business ventures using the business model canvas as a guide. Ensuring that teachers are knowledgeable on the components they are supposed to lead students through is a critical element of the NBCC’s identify, nurture and channel process. Teachers left the workshop more enlightened on business development and innovation strategies than they were before.
Teachers going through a culture and mindset change and ICT tools Session
Culture and mindset change is the cornerstone of learner development, thus teachers went through a session in which change of attitude toward learners, technology, teaching methodologies and learning outcomes were discussed. Teachers indicated that there are many challenges associated with the introduction of ICT in education such as lack of ICT tools and embedded attitudes towards change. The session on culture and mindset change raised much debate. It emerged that future workshops would require school heads, ICT teachers and NBCC teacher coaches to be present for progressive dialogue to take place. Teachers were excited to learn of various applications they can use to unlock learner knowledge and increase participation. Below are responses given by teachers using Mentimeter.