Smile Foundation, a national level development organisation, is conducting an innovative series of Teachers’ Training and Capacity Building programmes across India. Education of children, when they are the first generation learners, depends solely on the levels of training and passion of the teachers. It helps the children stay in the education centres, increase their learning, prepares them to get mainstreamed in reputed schools and also helps the children to cope with the teaching methodologies prevalent there.
Each of the three-day training programmes is residential in nature and has been scheduled for all four regions of India. The modules include Pedagogical Skills, Library Management and Computer Teaching.
The first programme for North India was held in New Delhi which included 37 teachers and instructors from 23 grassroots NGOs from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Chandigarh & Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi NCR.
The training programme for West India was held in Mumbai which included teachers from 23 NGOs from Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
The training programme for South India and East India are being held simultaneously between 10th and 12th of March, 2014 in Hyderabad and Kolkata, respectively.
“Quality of learning for the small children, who could be first generation learners, begins with a passionate and skilful teacher who creates interest in the classroom. If we expect a child to learn effectively, our teachers have to create that interest and excitement. This effort of ours complements the Right to Education (RTE) Act where Smile Foundation would like to see 20,000 children to be mainstreamed in reputed schools and help them build a bright future,” says Mr. Vikram Singh Verma, Chief Operating Officer, Smile Foundation. He adds, “Teaching should be creative, engaging and effective especially for the underprivileged children. When teachers apply simple yet right methodologies such as story-telling, use of colourful library cards etc. for better use of the libraries, it creates interest amongst the children in studies and enhances their learning.”
Wilde Ganzen, the Dutch international development agency, is supporting Smile Foundation in conducting this first series of teachers’ training and capacity building programme which has been designed to take advantage of the Right to Education (RTE) Act.