The GEC-T project is not just about keeping girls in the classroom, it is about giving them a good education when they get there. CHADET and ChildHope are training teachers so that they can provide the girls with extra lessons, using methods that make learning fun and engaging.
These teachers meet in ‘Communities
of Practice’ to share ideas, solve problems and support
each other. Here, teachers from Wubamba primary
school and Taytu high school in Amhara Region tell
Alemu Getachew, a teacher for 14 years, teaches
English at Wubamba Primary school. “The training is
very good. When I was told to begin teaching students
from identifying the sounds (phonetics) I was not happy
in the beginning because I felt students already knew
this. But I realised this was not the case and I found it
really helpful to start teaching from the sound system.
Alemu acknowledges that the training in literacy and numeracy, gender-sensitive pedagogy “has helped me to improve my teaching approach in other classes as well. Students are happier and I am happier. I am enjoying teaching.” Alemu has also supported awareness raising activities with parents about the benefits of girls’ education and notices a more positive attitude from parents.
Abere Worku has been teaching mathematics for 14
years and is currently teaching at Taytu High School.
“The training has added to my knowledge and skills
in teaching. The active learning model has been very
instrumental in getting students to take an active role
in their learning and have an increased motivation.
This has helped me.
“This project has motivated girls. We see them advancing to universities and colleges."
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