Teachers learning new activities
Firstly, all of The Branch Foundation team would like to thank you for your generous donation towards this project. Without the help from people like you, we would not be able to support vital projects such as this. We always enjoy the opportunity to tell people how their donation has benefitted this small yet vibrant community and this report will be no exception.
Since our last report to you, we have been busy trying to ensure that the children and young adults at the Koung Jor Shan refugee camp are able to reach their full educational potential. Two months ago, we provided all the students in the community with new English textbooks. Previously, all grades used the same grammar book however now they have access to 7 differently graded textbooks from the same series. Not only does this help the students follow a more comprehensive syllabus but the books also allow more activities and conversational training to be undertaken during class.
Just last week we conducted our 5th teacher-training workshop at the camp. In light of the students’ receiving new textbooks, we focused this session on how to make the most out of these new resources. The teachers were shown how to make appropriate lesson plans, learnt new classroom activities and practiced teaching using the new books. In our post-workshop assessment, the teachers gave us an average score of 8.5/10 just going to show how important these learning opportunities are. One teacher had the following to say:
"The skills and techniques I have learnt form this workshop are very valuable to me and I look forward to using what I learnt in my classes to help the children of my community"
Not only have we been focusing on improving the resources of which the students have access to and the overall quality of their lessons but we have continued to support teacher wages. These include 9 English language teachers, 1 computer teacher and 1 education coordinator.
I hope that in this report we have been able to illustrate to you just how valuable your support is. Please let your friends and family know how they can also help the youth of the Koung Jor Shan refugee camp realize their dreams through education by donating to this worthwhile cause.
With sincere gratitude,
Tom Rosen and The Branch Foundation Team
Our 5th teacher training workshop at the camp
The youth of the community learning I.T skills