This year marked the start of our facilitator training phase of our model in Kayunga District. Following team and host recommendations, we continued to include a leadership conference to garner support and move towards systemic change to better deliver quality education.
94 Head Teachers, Principals, as well as a District Education Office representative from the Kanyunga District attended the conference. During the day we familiarized participants with EBB and the work done in their schools. We discussed ways in which student-centered learning methodologies increase student achievement and benefit their schools; we identified ways to motivate teachers and support their use of student-centered methodologies; and we exchanged ideas about how Principals, Head Teachers and Education Officers can exercise their leadership in implementing these approaches in their schools.
Facilitator Training: 51 teachers and Head Teachers took part in 4½ days of training that helped them to:
44 completed the required content for certificates – 9 from St. Stephens (a district 7 hours from Kayunga). Redfern Kegonge, one of the trainers from Kenya, joined us during this week to support the training and add context and personal experience for the new facilitators.
Teacher Workshops: We delivered four 1-day conferences to 222 teachers that covered both Collaborative Learning and Differentiated Instruction. The format of the teacher workshops was altered to allow the 35 Kayunga facilitators to all have a chance at delivering one workshop. The facilitators were divided by geographical region and then by collaboration or differentiation workshop. The rationale was to have facilitators in each region who had experience facilitating one or the other topic, which meant 4 or 5 facilitators per workshop. This modification was discussed while in Uganda and prior to start of the program.
A big thank-you to the EBB Canadian and Kenyan volunteers and our new Ugandan facilitators!