In their efforts to fight against illiteracy in the country, a cross section of untrained and unqualified teachers yesterday commenced training on forging partnership towards capacity building and performance enhancement in schools, at the Kissy Town Community Centre Waterloo Refugee Camp.
The first teachers training by a youth group in Sierra Leone was organized by Youth Action International in collaboration with the ministry of Education to build the capacity of teachers in classroom management, teaching methods and leadership using the academic curriculum to improve the deliverance of quality education to school going children in the country.
Giving an overview of the training the programme manager of Youth Action International, Donald Kalokoh, said his organization was focusing on the training of teachers because the educational system in the country was gradually deteriorating and despite the high increase in school enrollment there was no quality education in our schools.
He added that, “there is a need to empower the teachers with basic learning methods so that the future leaders are given the adequate education to transform our society to a more proactive and participatory development orientation, with a vision to empower women and youths for sustainable development drive at rural and urban levels”.
Mr Kaloko noted that there were plans to expand the training to other parts of the country for untrained and unqualified teachers who were still in the class rooms but lack the knowledge and capacity to properly teach, with the school curricula for a standard and quality education for all.
The country representative of Youth Action International, Yeanor Conteh, gave a brief history of the organization which started in Liberia since 2002. The programme was later introduced in Sierra Leone with funding support from their partners in the UK and America to train war affected women and youths in skills training, micro finance, literacy education and computing, and also rebuild orphanages and train teachers in basic education.
Benjamin Sesay of the West Africa Youth Network called on participants to make good use of the knowledge learnt to ensure that school going children are given the adequate knowledge to facilitate quality education at grassroots level. Councillor Samuel Belly Kanu of the Waterloo rural District Council delivered the keynote address and participants will be awarded certificates after the completion of the training.