The Milton Margai College of Education and Technology Goderich campus, is to commence training of teachers for Nursery schools nationwide, so as to help build a better foundation for young children.
Speaking to Awoko, the pioneer of the programme, Audrey Pabs-Garnon said in order to ensure the educational system in the country regains the strong foundation it deserves, she long ago had the vision of doing a project on early childhood education.
This will ensure that pupils at Nursery level would be better equipped with the necessary education by the time they get to secondary school.
She said poor performance of pupils in public exams in the past, was as a result of a weak foundation, which did not yield any dividends.
However, in order to actualize this dream, she had for the past years, embarked on training nursery teachers, out of her meagre earning and so far, a good number of teachers have been trained. Now her next intention, is to meet the authorities concerned, to see how best nursery teacher training can be inculcated into their syllabus.
This year, she has organized another training at the Milton Margai College of Education, (MMCTE) Brookfield campus, for which 40 teachers were invited from various nursery schools, including five lecturers from tertiary institutions.
During this year’s training, Dr. Georgiana Duarte, a member of the Association of Child Education International, from the University of Texas,Brownsville, who accompanied Audrey to Sierra Leone, gave lectures on many topics, that would help any nursery teacher improve on the weak foundation of a child and more so, to make proper use of available resources both in and out of the classroom.
Dr. Duarte drew the attention of teachers to actively involve pupils in all learning activities, as this can entice them to participate fully.
She also touched on the importance of environmental learning materials, stating that they can be reduced, re-use,and re-cycled. “It all depends on how the teacher uses it”.
A lecturer of MMCTE, Rashid Turay and a focal person for the programme, said Nursery teachers opting for the Early childhood Education programme, would be certificated in Diploma, and in Higher Teachers Certificates. ”As the situation improves, we will move on to introduce degree courses,” Irene Kamara and a colleague from the Mercy Daycare and Nursery, applauded the organizers for the brilliant information they have acquired in the training.