Teacher Training

112 countries need to expand their workforce by a total of 5.4 million primary school teachers by 2015.  Poorly trained, underpaid and unmotivated teachers are unlikely to teach effectively. Quality education depends on quality teachers.

These are teachers who have undertaken sufficient and appropriate pre-service training, have been inducted into the teaching profession and continue to receive professional development and support.  Special teaching methods may be needed for oversized classrooms, including whole class teaching, independent activity in small groups, shift teaching and peer tutoring.  In many countries, teachers also must be prepared to teach in emergency settings.

Effective teacher training programs incorporate a number of important principles, including:

  • Working with the community
  • Encouraging female participation
  • Trainers/mentors as role models
  • Teaching as child/children-centered
  • Teaching and learning as activity-based
  • Learning by doing
  • Participation of all trainees/children
  • Using low-cost materials
  • Preventing corporal punishment
  • Using praise
  • Keeping good and accurate records
  • Planning to prevent poor performance
  • Learning from mistakes
  • Using supportive ‘clinical’ supervision

Key Facts

     

  1. 112 countries need to expand their workforce by a total of 5.4 million primary school teachers by 2015.
  2. Sub-Saharan Africa alone faces a shortage of around 1 million teachers.
  3. In 33 out of 100 countries, less than 75% of the teachers are trained to the national standard.

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