Budehaven teacher helps train Ethiopian counterparts

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By Em_Williams | Friday, November 09, 2012, 13:41

A teacher from Budehaven School has recently visited its Ethiopian partner school to help create the first training session for teachers within the district of Assosa, Western Ethiopia. Claire Cronin from the English department travelled there during the October half term.

The three day training programme gathered together fourteen local teachers from Primary and Secondary schools to focus on broadening their styles of teaching and encouraging higher order thinking and interaction and engagement within the classroom.

The aim was to equip the teachers with methods of delivery which prove effective despite the area's lack of resources, basic classroom facilities and ninety-strong class sizes.

The scheme is something the British Council are looking to support and develop further within other districts. Meanwhile Miss Cronin is looking at continuing the project and giving selected students the opportunity to take part in 2013. This would allow Budehaven students the chance to take stock of the facilities they take for granted in everyday life, a lesson which the school says will remain with them for life.

In previous visits to Assosa, the focus has been shared between English language and sports, most notably developing sports amongst girls as there are limited opportunities for them to take part at present.



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