The Redearth Education teacher training programme supports rural teachers to provide life-changing education to vulnerable children, so that every child in their classroom has the chance to succeed. By working to improve teachers’ self-belief, knowledge and practice, Redearth Education helps create a positive and engaging learning experience that makes children want to come to school, and provides them with a high quality education.
After witnessing the many achievements of this programme in Uganda, we partnered with Redearth Education to bring their “Developing Good Practice in Teaching and Learning” training programme to our schools in Zimbabwe. We will train and support 30 teachers from 7 schools by focusing on the quality of teaching and learning, to enhance the educational experience of all pupils. The programme is designed to train teachers in different aspects of positive behaviour management, positive physical and emotional learning environment, interactive teaching methods and creating resources from locally available free materials. Those teachers who show a high level of good practice will be asked to support other teachers at their school and possibly one more school. This program has had solid success in other African countries and will benefit 4,100 children within the first year.
A never-ending challenge for rural teachers is a lack of resources – Redearth Education programmes include providing brilliant ideas and support for teachers and children to create their own free reading and learning aids through locally available resources such as mud, clay, sticks, thatched straw, maize sacks, cardboard boxes, plastic bottles and many recyclable materials.
The images below show the remarkable comparison between children who have an unenthusiastic and untrained teacher and a class taking part in a stimulating and creative lesson with a trained teacher who not only holds their attention but excites and inspires the children – leading to a comprehensive and enjoyable education that will equal any modern city school.