As part of preparations for academic year 2015/2016, over 500 teachers including PTA chairmen have concluded a week long training in Grand Bassa County.
The week long workshop was organized by the ministry of education with funding from the united nations international children education fund (UNICEF). The first phase of the training which was held in Buchanan city last week brought together forty (40) teachers from the five school districts of Grand Bassa County with eight (8) teachers representing each district.
The first phase which lasted for a week was a training of trainers workshop aimed at building the capacity of the forty (40) teachers in return to train the rest of the teachers including PTA chairmen in each of the five school districts.
The second phase of the workshop was facilitated by the eight teachers who represented each school district with the district education Officers(DEOs) supervising the entire training.
The week long training focused on several topics to include; understanding the curriculum, classroom management, medium range plan, teacher code of conduct & daily lesson plan and Psychological First Aid amongst others.
According to the county education Officer of Grand Bassa County Mr. Edwin Kwakpae, the exercise was intended to build the capacities of teachers and strengthen the educational system of Liberia.
“We need to build the capacities of our teachers if we want improvement in the system, quality is about getting the best of teachers in our educational system, some of our teachers are high school graduates, but they are providing services, all we have to do is train them continuously and you will get the best out of them” Mr. Kwakpae told reporters.
He told the teachers to take lessons learnt from the workshop seriously as they continue to impact knowledge in future leaders of Liberia and thanked the ministry of education and UNICEF families for their supports.
The participants comprising of private and public school teachers including the PTA chairmen described the workshop as timely and remarkable despite of the many challenges in the educational system.
Speaking on behalf of the participants in district one, Mr. Paul Passie expressed satisfaction over the ministry plan to train teachers across the country something he said will improve or transform the educational system if done continuously.
However; Mr. Passie caution his colleagues to utilize knowledge acquired from the training to make a difference in the system adding that change is holistic efforts.
By Sampson G.David