It is common belief that children learn faster from their peers this is why it is important to encourage child to child attachments.
Child to child monitoring skills simply refers to the ability of children to encourage and teach one another.
Among the many things that they pass onto one another may include interpersonal skills like communication, good performance both in class and outside class.
EPP as an advocator of English language mainly advocates for the communication skill.The target classes for this activity were primary 4,5,6 in all of the 15 schools.
One of the resource person Mr. Bright Robert a teacher of Bukuuku Primary demonstrated to the pupils and teachers how they could make pupils influence one another.
He got a child who had a good language command and let him have a chat about a football game they had watched together.
The conversation was so interesting and it made teachers and pupils laugh off their heads.
Both pupils had a common interest in football one was able to express himself while the other was kind of unable. As the conversation went on, there were moments when the poor communicator would fall short of a word and quickly the good Communicator would chip in the word for him and the conversation would continue.
By the end of the conversation, one would tell that the poor communicator had at least learnt a word or two.
The reward method:
This was mainly handled by Gafabusa Michael and his message was directed to the teachers
The teachers were encouraged to reward the poor communicators with something. He gave an example when he himself was given a fountain pen by his teacher the day he pronounced the word mosquito property. He said since that day he permanently learnt to write it and pronounce it properly.
Mr. Kajura Nelson a teacher from Buhinga primary school also encouraged teachers to correct any mistake whether written or spoken there and then. He also encouraged pupils who are good at English language to correct their colleagues whenever they make mistakes.
Class room arrangement
He finally encouraged teachers to plan the sitting positions in such a way that the pupils who know better sit with those are still struggling as this would encourage child to child monitoring.
The activity was applauded by many schools and they asked for more sessions at least quarterly.
The total number of pupils reached out was 4,831 (2,365 girls, 2466 boys) 236 Teachers (152 female and 84 males)