August 6, 2014 By Alusine Sesay
The Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown, in collaboration with the Archdiocese Educational Services Centre (ADESC), has embarked on a weeklong training session for primary school teachers on the newly designed Child Centered Teaching Technique (CCTT) and the Teachers Centered Teaching Technique (TCTT).
Speaking at the training, Archbishop Tamba Charles observed that the CCTT was a government developed policy that should be used by teachers in the country, and that although trainings were conducted for teachers across the country only 4 out of over 200 Catholic primary school teachers participated.
“Due to the fact that majority of our teachers were left out, we decided to help them using our own generated resources,” he said. “As a mission, we never challenge government but complement them in whatever they do, and this exactly what we are doing.”
He said they decided to make use of the facilitators that were used by the government to train other teachers across the country and that the materials remain the same.
He said the CCTT is an interactive teaching methodology which encourages high participation from pupils as opposed to where teachers serve as sole speakers.
“According to this methodology, teachers would provide stimulus for the children to adequately participate,” he continued.
He said the Catholic Mission took the onus to train the teachers because they want them to be at a certain level in the area of teaching technique, adding that at the end of the training participants would be able to catch-up with the new technique.
The Catholic archbishop said that 60 Catholic primary school teachers were targeted for the training and that they would continue to train more when additional funds are available.
Secretary-General for ADESC, Patrick C. Kamanda, said aside from the CCTT and the TCTT training workshop for Catholic teachers at the Saint Edwards Secondary School compound, they have been monitoring progress in schools before and during the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease.
He said the training would broaden the horizon of teachers and also enable them to do indepth teaching instead of hitherto superficial one.