Transmitting information can only be successful if the method used is good. It has been discovered that peers learn from one another easily and quickly so, if one needs to influence peers, it is good to use fellow peers because they speak the same language have same goals and interests.
It is for this reason that CFSU decided to hold a training workshop to train peer educators as a way of sustaining peer to peer promotion of English language usage.
The purpose for this workshop was twofold:
1. To allow teachers enhance and sustain what they had shared during the peer to peer teaching and learning training that had been carried out prior to the peer educators training session.
2. To follow up pupil who had performed so well in the peer to peer teaching and learning training of English language
Mr. Robert Bright a head teacher of Bukuuku primary school was the trainer of both Canon Apollo Demo and Bwanika Primary school.
The training was attended by 11 teachers of Conan Apollo Demo and 11 Teachers of Bwanika Primary school 16 pupils and 12 student teachers.
In total 21 teachers, 16 pupils and 12 student teachers attended the peer educator straining workshop.
The trainer gave methods of peer educating as follows:
Project work as this would also trigger speech
Drama which would give them chance to assume false identity which would give them freedom to speak freely as though it’s not them
Rewarding which would motivate pupils to follow instructions knowing fully that at the end of the day they will be given something
Turning to the pupils who had attend he said they as leaders should by all means help the teachers with implementing instructions to the rest of the pupil community. Monitors for example should see to it that the projects given to pupils are done in time, usage of English language in class and outside class is monitored. The trainer however emphasized the idea of teachers being friends with pupils if positive results are to be achieved.
Pupils of Kasisi primary school were inspired by the story “My Journey to the city”.
This was a story developed by a pupil and improved by CfSU together with the teachers.
This is a story on a promise made by a father that he would take her daughter to the city if she performed well. This inspired the child to work hard so that she go to the city for the first time.
In the story the child explains everything she saw on the road and at the destination in the city. The story is enhanced with ICT and when it was being played no child could afford to miss any second on the screen. It was played twice on the computer and when it came to question and answer session it was clear that over 90% of the class really concentrated and understood the story.
Generation of stories pupils and Digital storytelling is helping achieve the pupil involvement in teaching and learning process in Rwenzori region.
MOSIQUE is a project that was initiated by a nonprofit organization called ELECU in 2012. Its goal is to enhance the quality of active teaching and learning in 15 selected schools in three selected districts of Bukedea, Lira and Soroti.
This project is practical as it involves video coverage by teachers in classrooms during their lessons and also teaches teachers especially those from PTCs to use practical methods when teaching their pupils and students in class. This project is very essential as it is basically hands on and so the students get to practically see or feel and so whatever they learn is imprinted on their minds.
After the gradual acceleration in the successes of this project, a two day workshop was held in Soroti and teachers from Bukedea, canonlawrence and Soroti PTCs were invited to discuss how helpful the project has been in regards to their teaching practices in the class room. A number of teachers were given chance to give their views and below are the ways in which the project has been helpful to both the teachers and their pupils;
- It has led to building of students’ confidence as MOSIQUE encourages students to sometimes play the role of the teacher.
A student teaching a class during a math lesson at Bukedea PTC
- MOSIQUE gives teachers ample time to plan for their lessons as this project encourages teachers to pre plan their lessons before presenting them to the students.
- Helps identify teaching gaps for the teachers as this project uses video coverage and so the teacher is able to watch how well he did his lesson and so make adjustment where need be.
- Involving learners in the process whereby students get to participate through group discussions, presentations in class and demonstrations.
A group of students discussing
- Develops life skills and values because this project encourages teachers to base their examples on life skills and things that surround students’ communities.
A student trying to teach her friends using the micro teaching concept
As the teachers talked about the benefits of the MoSIQuE project, they also talked about the challenges that they face during the lessons when using the project;
- Limited cameras, one per college thus it only limited to a few teachers and lessons.
- No projector-Bukedea that makes viewing films with students impossible as that means that over 20 people are going to crowd around a single laptop.
- No back up of the films taken especially the CDs so incase of any kind of damage, information is completely lost
- Inadequate follow up for support after the training as supervisors come like once in a term which is limited supervision.
Radio talk shows help in reaching out information to larger masses of the people. CFSU has found it a very useful tool to use in reaching out to schools within and without the EPP family.
2013 Radio talk shows have hosted schools that have re-known debaters and these are Kabata P/S, Kasiisi P/S, Mugusu P/S, Karambi “B” P/S, Haibale P/S, Ruboona P/S, Bwanika P/S and Rwimi P/S.
The national theme for 2013 was “Malaria Prevention and children‘s rights” so all debate motions throughout the year rotated on this theme.
The first talk show (19/07/2013) put emphasis on Malaria Prevention. During the show pupils sensitized the community on how best they could prevent malaria giving Examples of cutting grass around their homes ,boiling drinking water, sleeping under a Mosquito net, closing shutters in time and going to the Hospital at the sight of the first symptoms.
The talk show gave pupils an opportunity to remind the parents that it is their duty to make sure that they are given treatment when they are sick as well as making sure that they don’t fall sick anyhow. They too sighted out the issue of food as an important children’s right. Children also gave their opinion on capital punishment saying that too many canes do not solve problems but sitting together with them and understanding the root cause of their problems might make a difference.
The pupils went on to enlighten the community that besides Malaria there are other diseases that are a threat to their lives. They gave examples like cancer, dysentery, measles, chicken pox and so on and so forth.
The second show (2nd /November /2013) comprised of Teachers CCTs and the D.E.O Kabarole who joined hands together in preparing the community, the schools, the candidates, the supervisors, and the scouts for the coming PLE exam.
In his communication the D.E.O thanked CFSU for organizing such an event which was quite timely. As one versed with all the areas he pleaded with the community to give support to the candidates such as making minimum noise, avoiding confrontation with the candidates, as well as giving guidance and counseling appropriate.
He advised the schools to try their level best to avoid mal practices such as copying and so forth. He also reminded schools to remind pupils to pack enough food, be clean and disciplined.
When it came to the candidates he reminded them that good grades start with good discipline and also he encouraged them not to panic but to take treat this exam as the rest of the several exams that they have always done. He also warned them against copying as this would cause a repercussion to the district.
He also used this opportunity to warn scouts and the supervisors to behave like parents and human beings in bid to avoid scaring the children and the school community.
After he deliberated CCT Sessanga Johnson of Kasese took it from there and said the candidates at a time like this are supposed to be given and shown extra love from the patents and their guardian giving an example giving good gifts like a handkerchief a well-balanced diet encouraging statements and so on and so forth.
The microphone was the given to one lady teacher Ms. Kabatooro Peluse who had come to representative examiners. She gave a few tips on what is expected from the pupils saying that pupils should make sure that they:
- write their names and index numbers clearly
- answer questions in full
- be mindful of time
- enter the examination room earlier than exam start time
- enter the examination room after emptying their bowels
- organize extra sanitary pads in case an accident occurs
- pray for themselves before starting exams
Next came the EPP teacher coordinator Mr. Kankya Blaise and Mr. Kyota Tom a teacher from Kasiisi Primary school who re-emphasized and re- echoed the D.E.O’s point of the community being part of this trying moment as well as not allowing the scouts and supervisors to take powers completely away from the Head teachers and vice –versa.
Last but not least the program officer CSFU madam Kamba Lydia summed up by thanking all the stakeholders of the district the teachers the pupils the Radio staff of V.O.T radio and the heads of schools for the great support they had rendered to CSFU the year 2013. She said that without them nothing would have been achieved. She closed the session saying that CSFU is determined and committed to see Kabarole District levels of Literacy Numeracy levels improve come rain come shine!
In both talk shows pupils the stakeholders of the District teachers and the CCT received calls from the listeners asking questions which were well responded to.
Eight pupils and five teachers participated in the first radio talk show while one CCT one D.E.O three teachers plus the program officer CFSU participated in the second radio talk show.
From the calls that were coming in one could tell that there was some impact these shows caused.
- Pupils built their creative, analysis, organization, research and assertive skills.
- Pupils had a chance to be listened to as they educated the community.
- The District stakeholders the teachers the CCT and teachers at large were able to reach out to the target communities thus having an impact.
- Some parents were not comfortable with the idea of their children going out for such activities.
- The studio had limited space in that only a few pupils could be accommodate
- Time given allocated to the broadcast was quiet little compared to the issues that were to be addressed
The 8th of September is the world international day set aside by the United Nations to high light the importance of literacy to individuals, societies and the community at large. It also focuses on the world wide literacy needs and advocates for the basic human rights especially of those woman who do not know to read and write and children who are denied of their rights.
This day was proclaimed an international literacy day by the UNESCO on November 17th 1966 and is celebrated yearly to date.
2013 theme of the day was “literacies for the 21st century”. This theme mainly embraced promotion of languages.
EPP being an English language promoting project prepared activities inclined on English language teaching and learning putting emphasis on the girl child being that are sidelined as far as issues of literacy are concerned.
Teachers that have been trained in the non-conventional innovative methods of teaching /learning English language organized activities like essay writing, drama, speeches, poetry writing and reciting competitions as part of the day’s celebration.
The competition was girls versus boys.
On the whole about 12,000,000 pupils got involved in this exercise.
Different schools celebrated the occasion on the day that was convenient according to school plan. The exercise took a whole week.
Teachers sensitized the masses on the importance of language and gave them tasks to do as a follow up activity.
In Rubona for example the massage of the day conveyed through a piece of drama performed by teachers before their pupils.
They were then given an essay writing exercise based on the drama performance.
Later the essays were read and poems recited in class and best three pieces were chosen from every school and were handed over to CFSU office to be remarked.
In their poems and essays pupils said English language learning was important because:-
a) Exams were set in English, so it was a must that they get to learn it.
b) In Uganda since there are many tribes it is used to communicate as a unity language.
c) Its accepted as an official medium of communication
At the end of re-marking exercise three best pupils emerged best.
Elizabeth kabasinguzi of kiboota p/s scored 79%, Wilson Bagonza of Rubona scored 75%, and lastly Muhumuza Molly from canon Apollo scored 70%. They all got a Dictionary as presents. Girls performed better than the boys.
In Busiita p/s after the teachers highlighted the importance of language, the pupils especially those who participated in the MDD/Debate competition formed an English language club with an objective of promoting English language speaking during school time.
Pupil found an opportune time to air out their problems. Canon Apollo pupils for example told their teachers that the time given was not enough and suggested that they are allowed to borrow books at least for a day or two.
Pupils put to test their poetry writing /learning, essay writing and drama skills
The reviewing lobbing and advocacy exercise took place at Tooro resort on 23rd. /9 2013. The aim of the exercise was to review the work so far done, and to plan for the future of the project beyond its span. The workshop targeted the stakeholders of the District with an aim of showcasing to them activities so far done as well as lobby for their support during and after the project span.
The occasion was honored by the presence of the assistant C.A.O Mr. Mwebesa Perez, Mr.Ikagobya Moses vice chair Kabarole, the D.E.O Kabarole Mr. Rwakaikara Patrick , the inspector of schools in charge of Bunyangabu Kwezi Gorret the E.O SNE Mrs. Angwena Harriet, the Reverend Abigaba Robert member of C.O.U foundation body ,Sheich Tumwebaze Ramadah member of Islam founded schools, Mr. Kankya Blaise EPP Teacher coordinator, CCT Atuhaire Alex of Rubona CC MS Kabagenyi Jacinta CCT of Buhinga CC the C4C member Mrs. Kabiito Rest, Miss Kichoncho Annet the education department secretary and the S.E O Kabarole Mr. Balinda Christopher
Participants in the meeting sessions
In her communication CFSU Program officer thanked the stakeholders of the District for their support since inception meeting to date. She also highlighted members on what EPP stands for as Education Programmatic Plan and gave the background information about the project saying that this project came out of the concern that Literacy and numeracy Levels were going down due to poor performance in English Language .For this reason CFSU had to find a solution for improving the approach to teaching language thus the birth of non- conventional innovative methods of teaching / learning.
The program officer addressing the gathering
She went on to review the reports of 2012-2013 right from the needs survey point saying during the survey exercise, it was discovered that literacy and numeracy levels were going down due to:
- Insufficient instructional materials (text books and other scholastic materials)
- Un motivated teachers
- High Teacher pupil ratio
- Lack of school clubs like MDD debate writing drawing
- Non-creative methods of teaching/learning
- Teachers being forced to handle classes they are uncomfortable with
- Poor infrastructure
- SMCs/PTAs were not fully aware of their roles in schools
Among the challenges mentioned were:
- Some teachers and heads of schools were not comfortable with getting on board because they thought it was going to be an extra load adding on the existing load burden
- Some schools like Rwimi had just gotten a new head teacher a thing that made information gathering difficult
- Some schools were in hard to reach areas
- Funds available could not comfortably solve all the existing problems
- Time management is a major problem in this area
- Some schools were not connected to electricity so materials like on CDS could not be utilized fully
Solutions to the problems / challenges:
- Several workshops were held in bid to make the teachers embrace and understand the need for the project in their schools
- Information sharing and gathering has continued
- The problem of hard to reach areas is still unsolved only commitment and persistence has proved to be the only way out
- Activities to be held have to be within the planned budget meaning spending must be within the means available
- Continuous lecturing about time management has proved to be the only solution
- Schools that are not connected to power go to sister schools and plan their lessons there
- 150 teachers have been capacity built and equipped with non-conventional innovative methods of teaching / learning of English language to break the monotony of the old traditional methods of teaching.
- Teachers have been given skills to handle big classes
- Constant counseling of teachers and encouraging them to operate money generating ventures beside their salary has continued
- School clubs have been strengthened and created in schools that did not have them
- 315 SCMs /PTAs have been sensitized about their roles in schools
The program officer ended the report review saying that CFSU has not only improved the schools but that the Education department has also benefitted from the project sighting that they had been given one computer and one printer to help them in their day to day endeavors. She also took this opportunity to report to the members that three of the beneficiary schools I.e. Mugusu p/s, Kasiisi/p/s and Rubona p/s had gone ICT and had received each a computer loaded with ready to use language materials ranging from p4-p6 and that this had been done in bid to help the teachers dealing with big loads.
She said the number of pupils reached out so far is about 12,000,000 from the following schools:
Karambi “B” p/s
Canon Apollo p/s
Mtns. Of the moon p/s
Paul Devlin p/s
She said though they had officially gone in for fifteen schools they had in actual sense operated in many more. However she expressed her fears about the sustainability of the project come 2015.
Having gone through the reports, she allowed members to react.
The S, E, O Mr. Balinda hailed CFSU for the partnering with the District to educate the children of Uganda. He said according to him building roads does not build a nation but capacity building does so. He said the Education department is ready to stand with CFSU at all times.
The EO SNE Mrs. Angwena was overwhelmed with the amount of work that had been covered within such a short time. She commended CFSU for the good work done and said she is noticing some difference in both the teachers and pupils in the project schools and wished to see all the schools in Kabarole benefitting from the project.
The ASCAO asked CFSU to forgive his office for not being so available saying that the changes in their office have affected the way they operate. He ended on a good note of also commending CFSU for the good work so far done. Finally he asked CFSU to consider giving his office some computers saying the situation was quite alarming.
The inspector of schools in charge of Burahya Ms. Kwezi Gorret sighted an occasion when she visited Karambi “B” with a team of foreigners who were entertained so well and she owed it to the preparedness of EPP program running in the school.
CCT kabagenyi said she had worked as a facilitator and she too had made lots of friends and believed the program was appropriate for the teachers and pupils. Also she commended the quality of CFSU’s computers saying that they were of great quality.
The EPP Teacher coordinator Mr. Kankya Blaise shared a very moving testimony that moved the congregation when he said that the guidance he got during workshops made him both a good teacher and a millionaire through bricklaying
WAYFORWARD AFTER PROJECT SPAN
On the challenges of lack funds-members 0f Education department said they could not commit themselves to promise their contribution but they promised to table the issue in their financial plan of 2014. . They said the after-math was what they feared most for they did not wish to see the effort of CFSU go to the drains.
The assistant C.A.O Promised to write an official acceptance letter to CFSU as soon as possible.
Members also suggested that as a solution of continuity after the project span the following could be tried out:
- Schools could do some hand work and sell to the community and fund rise this way
- Schools could do annual music concerts and let parents/community pay entry fee of about 1,000 shillings the money collected then would be used to support the club’s activities.
- The district could also learn to dig deep into their pockets and help out since these programs augment educational objectives.
- Most members present promised support whenever wherever.
Vice chairman Kabarole district closing the session
Finally Mr.Ikagobya Moses the vice chair Kabarole in his closing remarks was short of words to describe CFSU! He hailed women administrators saying that to his astonishment he had discovered that wherever a woman is there is a success story! In his own words he said “I can’t believe that all these good stories are coming from the humble group of people I saw last year in the inception meeting.” He also commended the good work done and was hopeful that next year would produce even better results!
Participants pose for a group photo after the workshop
All roads led to Buhinga primary school on 24th August 2013 to witness yet another of the EPP Music Dance and Drama / Debate competition!
As a way of improving pupils’ communicative skills co-curricular activities like Debate Music Dance and Drama have been adopted to enhance the teaching / learning the four aspects of language i.e. listening speaking, reading and writing.
Project schools competing for the 2013 MDD/Debate award
The aim of inter school competitions is to tap the pupils potential streamline it so that we come out with well-grounded pupils with good communicative skills that they can use in their day to day life.
It’s for this reason that all the fifteen project schools sent 255 participants to Buhinga p/s to showcase their talents.
Pupils assemble for the National anthems
The National theme for the year 2013 is on Malaria prevention and children’s rights observance. The traditional dances, the set pieces, Drama skit and the Debate motion all rotated that theme.
The occasion kicked off with the arrival of participants as early as 7:30am.
By eight, most schools had arrived and without delay they all gathered in the main hall for the National and Tooro anthems. Set pieces followed, then Debate, Drama and lastly traditional dances followed suit.
Present were the D.E.O Kabarole Mr. Rwakaikara Patrick, the D.I.S Kabarole Mr. Rujumba Joseph, the D.E.O special needs Mrs. Harriet Angwena D.E.O Special needs, Head teachers and teachers of the project schools in total made 51( teachers 23 male, 29 female).Also present were parents, teachers and pupils from non-project schools who had come to witness the occasion.
Also present were the three adjudicators Mr. Kajura Nelson a Debate expert from Buhinga primary school, Mr. David Mweru a Drama specialist from Kahinju primary school and Mr. Rogers Ayesiga a dance analyst also from Buhinga Primary school.
The morning session saw the choral singing take the curtain raiser position, Debate followed and lastly Drama. There was a lunch break of about 20 minutes after which the activity caught fire and run unbroken till 5:30 pm ending with Traditional dances after which speeches and words of caution/ encouragement from both the invited guests and the adjudicators followed.
The district inspector of schools Mr. Rujumba took the floor first. He first of all thanked Computers for schools for bringing back clubs that build and give confidence to the pupils!
D.I.S Mr. Rujumba Joseph addressing the audience
He thanked the teachers for the work well done amidst marking exams and report making. He said his wish was to see this kind of thing continue and spread to the most remote areas like Bagayap/s and many others. He lastly ushered in the D.E.O to address the congregation.
The D.E.O also started on the same note of commending computers for schools for having come up with the idea of bringing back clubs that had long been forgotten. He thanked teachers present for all the effort they had put in to see to it that this occasion becomes successful. He however cautioned them against giving lame excuses of funds as an excuse for abandoning the school clubs saying a thing like Debate just needs pupils a class and a committed teacher. He hailed the performance as good considering that there had not been many club activities in some schools for a long time.
In his own words, he summarized by saying” I commend you teachers for the work well done, given chance I wouldn’t bring out such results in such a short time”. He again put in a request to computers for schools to widen their scope of operation so as to give chance to the other unprivileged schools.
Next on line was a representative of the panel of adjudicators Mr. Mweru David who addressed the audience saying “I am glad that this year’s performance was better than last years for every one could see and feel the spirit of competition”
Mr. Mweru David addressing the participants
He went on to point out areas he was disappointed with as:
- Trainers are not supposed to sing and yet he had heard some sing
- Drama only becomes drama if there is an element of conflict in it or else it just becomes an ordinary story
- Characters are not supposed to play two roles giving an example of a pupil who had acted two roles: one as an old man in one scene and another as a young boy in the next scene.
- Facial expressions should depict the feelings of the beholder let joy be joy and sadness be sadness he gave an example of a character who had smiled in a meant to be sad moment.
- Lastly, he commended the teachers for the work well done saying there was a great improvement between last year’s performance and this year. He said he is expecting even greater and better results come 2014.
Next on the floor was Mrs. Harriet Angwena who mainly re-echoed the former speakers words but also adding that the 15 schools that are in the EPP programs should count themselves lucky in that no one can take what they have learnt from them. She encouraged members to try their level best to see to it that the co- curricular activities do not get into a slumber again. She asked them to keep the fire burning even after the project has come to an end.
Since she had been assigned the duty of handing over awards to pupils prior to her speech she stayed on stage waiting for the results to be announced. Not long after her address Mr. Kajura Nelson got up to announce the results. He thanked members for such a degree of patience they had displayed and went ahead to remind the audience about the results of writing and drawing competition that had taken place a fort unite ago were to be announced together with those of MDD Debate ones. He then went on to announce results of MDD and Debate thus:
DEBATE, MDD 2013 COMPETITION
|NO||SCHOOLS||DEBATE||POSITION||SKIT||WESTERN CHORAL SONG||TRADITIONAL DANCE||TOTAL||POSITION|
|8||Mtns of the moon p/s||51||11th||60||60||56||217||12th|
|9||Conon Apollo demo p/s||66||6th||65||61||67||259||6th|
|15||Paul Devilne p/s||49||12th||–||–||–||049||15th|
He also went on to announce the writing and drawing results thus:
WRITING AND DRAWING COMPETITION 2013
|8||Mtns of the moon p/s||676050||177||9th||301330||73||14th|
|9||Canon Apollo demo p/s||686553||186||7th||747460||208||5th|
|13||Karambi B p/s||676250||179||8th||696862||199||7th|
|15||Paul Devilne p/s||656050||175||10th||271715||59||15th|
Mrs. Angwena performed the duty of handing over the trophies / prizes to the participants.
D.E.O for special needs Mrs. Harriet Angwena giving out prizes.
There were 4 trophies, one for Debate which was taken by Rwimi primary school, one for MDD that was taken by Kasiisi primary school, one for writing that was taken by Rwimi p/s again and lastly one for drawing that was taken by Haibale p/s respectively.
Among the best individual performers were:
- Atuhaire Olivia from Kibiito p/s who emerged as the first best actor
- Atusingunza Mathias from Mugusu p/s emerged as the second best actor
- Tusiime benedet from Kigarama emerged as the third best actor
- Asiimwe John from Kigarama also took the forth position as an actor
- Tumwine Andrew from Rubona came out as one of the best dancer
- Mbabazi Lucy from Bwanika also took the second place as a dancer
- Byaruhanga Joseph from Bwanika took the third position as a dancer
- Kamakune Jennifer from Kiboota took the fifth place as the best actor
- Twebaze Alex from Rwimi emerged as the best debater
- Byaruhanga Dalton also from Rwimi took the best place as the best artist
All the best participants received prizes like geometry sets, wall clocks, pencils, pens, wall hangings and colors.
The occasion came to an end at 6:15pm with a grand dance that took the winners and the losers to the floor as networking continued.
The deputy Head teacher of Kasiisi receiving the overall winner’s trophy.
- Pupils and teachers were able network with other pupils and learn more.
- The long time dead clubs have been revived
- Stake holders saw the use and need of co-curricular activities in schools
- To organize such functions comfortably is a very expensive venture.
- Time keeping is a problem.
- Not every teacher is in full support of the recovery of these programs.
- In some of the schools there are no music teachers to train pupils so that makes is expensive in a way that trained services must be hired from outside.
Refresher courses are ever so healthy in that they lead to mastery of the subject matter. For this reason, it is vital for teachers to keep testing their memory and learning more as often as possible.
Mrs. Robina Nyakairu during the session at Kibiito p/s
The 2013 quarterly in house trainings focused on the teaching of sounds building on the first in house workshops held at the beginning of first term 2013 that had addressed the importance of teaching sounds.
Mrs. Robina Nyakairu an expert in phonology together with Mr. Musana G retired teacher, Byabazaire Tom retired teacher CCT Atuhaire, kayondo Henry a retired English language teacher, Mr. Mugisa Moses Kiboota p/s and the program officer CFSU were the resource persons for the 2013 quarterly in house workshops.
The quarterly in house capacity building saw a total of 75 teachers, 41 males and 34 females get factors that hinder reading as:
- High cost of reading materials
- Mother tongue interference
- Age / maturity
- Home back ground
- Bad sitting posture
- Poor reading habits
- Diseases / eye defects
- Lack of suitable and availability of reading material
- Lack of exposure
- High level of reading materials
- Lack of literacy programs
Quarterly in house refreshers trainings were attended by both English language teachers as well as those teaching other subjects in all EPP schools.
This was so because the teachers who do not teach English language still use English as a medium of instruction while teaching other subjects thus pass on common mistakes in English to the pupils.
In their remarks most heads of schools thanked the EPP platform for addressing such a long time itching problem and requested computers for schools for another go in the near future.
A REPORT ON SUPPORTING SCHOOLS IN DEVELOPING AND UTILISATION OF INSTRUCTIONAL AND IEC MATERIALS HELD ON 4th JUNE 2013
Instructional materials are key to the success of the literacy and numeracy level improvement. Following 2012 assessment of the non-convectional innovative methods of teaching / learning training workshops that indicated that reading and to some extent writing were areas that needed a boost, this time round the materials bought were reading and writing related.
All the fifteen books received jolly phonics books / notes CDs, past newspapers, Manila paper, masking tapes, pins and makers.
The teachers committed themselves to use these materials as references but more so as guidelines to help them develop their own phonology materials.
The CFSU program officer took some time to show the English language teachers the best way to use the materials.
At least in every school there is a reference book / notes and CDS showing the best way the teachers can tackle problems of articulation pronunciation and spellings.
One of the project schools (Mugusu primary school) was forced to find ways and means of getting connected to Electricity in order to listen to the CDS.
During purchasing it was discovered that phonology related materials are scarce and very expensive.
The heads of schools were indeed appreciative of this intervention for they too had realized there was need in this area but due to the scarcity of materials and lack of sufficient funds they could not solve the problems.
TEACHERS CONTINUE GETTING WORKSHOPS AS THEY GET RETOOLED IN MORE NON- CONVEENTIONAL INNOVATIVE METHODS OF TEACHING / LEARNING ENGLISH LANGUANGE (25TH FEB- 18TH MARCH)
As the saying goes, practice makes perfect teachers are continuing to get follow ups on the non-conventional innovative methods of teaching / learning English language.
Much as the four skills of language are still being expounded, this year great consideration is on reading focusing on teaching of sounds. This decision was made by teachers themselves during the 2012 workshops. Teachers confessed that they could not for example teach pupils to use a dictionary for they could not also use it comfortably. Besides reference materials on phonology are not easily accessible. It is this missing gap that made 2013 be declared a phonetic year.
The workshops are targeted the English language teachers as well as teachers of other subjects because mistake in English are common to all teachers.
Figure above shows Teaching sounds (phonetics)
The target number to be reached this year is 75.
This workshop in particular was meant to lay foundation on the importance of going phonetic. The activity will enroll to all EPP schools as the year goes by.
The workshops ended with the handing over of certificates to those who had completed training on the non- conventional innovative methods of teaching/ learning English language.
Members receiving certificates from CFSU officer (right)
By the end of workshop the foundation of phonology had been built.
A warding of certificates of completion motived the teachers
It was discovered that the teachers needed a lot of time to grasp phonology materials.
Reference materials are scarce meaning that the teachers cannot access it easily and if accessed it is too expensive for schools to buy.