October 23, 2017
The British Council’s ‘Connecting Classrooms’ project has provided training for principals, head teachers, and teachers in Koinadugu.
Teachers have been taken through six workshop sessions, including Critical thinking and Problem Solving, Creativity and Imagination, Communication and Collaboration, Citizenship, Digital Literacy and Leadership and Personal Development.
The British Council Country Director Mr Simon Ingram-Hill said that children should learn in a safe, protective, conducive and child friendly environment. Teachers should avoid all forms of abuse against children including corporal punishment. He mentioned the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC) and said children themselves in collaboration with teachers should participate in decisions on issues affecting their lives in schools. All forms of abuse including physical, emotional, neglect, exploitation, harassment and child trafficking should be eliminated in schools.
The Deputy Director of Education in the Ministry of Education Science & Technology, Koinadugu District, Mr. Abu Bakarr Kuyateh, said that the rational for participating in these workshops was to build knowledge and skills for personal development.
One participant Mariama Jalloh observed “I am happy to participate in this training through which I have gained more knowledge and skills and I have had a clear understanding of Core Skills and I am going to be able to cascade to colleagues and use it to improve my teaching techniques in the classroom.”
This is just an introductory training as the British Council will visit Koinadugu District again in the near future to cascade training on Connecting Classrooms In-Depth training for more teachers.