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World Teachers’ Day 2017 - Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers

World Teachers’ Day 2017 - Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers

 

World Teachers’ Day 2017 will be celebrated under the theme “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”, echoing the 2015 theme that followed the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) in September 2015. At that time the teacher empowerment was reaffirmed as a top priority in all education and development strategies.

World Teachers’ Day is celebrated annually worldwide and brings together teachers, governments, multi- and bilateral organizations, civil society, private sectors, and experts in the field of teaching. With the adoption of SDG 4 on education, and the dedicated target 4.c recognizing teachers as key to the achievement of the 2030 Education Agenda, it has become the occasion to mark achievements and reflect on ways to counter the remaining challenges for the promotion of the teaching profession, like the acute shortage of teachers.  

Indeed, according to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, the world needs 69 Million teachers if we are to achieve universal primary and secondary education by 2030. The same article shows that the greatest teacher shortages are in sub-Saharan Africa, which needs a total of about 17 million teachers to achieve universal primary and secondary education by 2030.

As the world commemorates World Teachers’ Day, Humana People to People would like to share the impact it has made in training teachers in Africa and India. For the past 25 years, Humana People to People members have been training primary school teachers who are dedicated to offer professional teaching in those communities having high illiteracy rates in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as India. The indicator for SDG 4.c states a goal by 2030, to substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries, especially least developed countries and small island developing States. Focus on training primary school teachers becomes a crucial component in achieving the 2030 Agenda. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals all integrate education as a driving force in transforming lives and engage every person in an effort to leave no-one behind. 

To Humana People to People, education then becomes the cog driving the wheel of development and thus teacher training is a major component of striving towards reaching the SDGs in general and the SDGs in education in particular.

The teacher training program equips the teachers with requisite teaching capacity in the form of teaching pedagogy, efficiency in teaching utilizing limited teaching resources, and practicing child-friendly and child centered teaching approaches. Our teachers are trained in community development, as most of the rural African settings are in need of locally driven development, key in facilitating children’s better participation in the schooling process. Thus engaging the wider community becomes part of making it possible for parents and teacher to center efforts on creating the necessary conditions to support children’s education.

 

 

The importance of high-quality teaching in shaping pupils’ educational experiences is increasingly being recognized and thus the attention to teacher education. Improving education quality requires far more than just having enough teachers in the education system: teachers need to be trained initially, then supported through professional development and they need to be motivated and willing to continually improve their teaching practices. To fully understand the challenge ahead, it is helpful to know the impact of trained teachers in each country and how many additional trained teachers are needed. 

Since 1993 when the first Humana People to People teacher training college started in Mozambique, more than 35 000 primary school teachers have been trained by Humana People to People members in Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea Bissau, India, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. By end of the year 2016, a total of 12 500 student teachers were enrolled at 53 teacher training colleges in the mentioned countries. The training seeks to contribute to increasing the proportion of teachers in primary education who have received at least the minimum organized teacher training (e.g. pedagogical training) pre-service or in-service required for teaching at the relevant level in a given country.  

The Humana People to People Teacher Training Program provides quality inputs, which, coupled with the government curriculum for teacher education, create teachers who teach with passion and proficiency and are equipped with knowledge of the subject matter. The educational program uses a unique digitally based pedagogical framework called Doctrine of Modern Method (DMM), which puts the student-teacher as the driving force in his or her learning and makes both students and teachers responsible for the standard of education and its delivery structure.

Thus the student-teachers experience in their own training the importance of being active in the learning process. They are encouraged to transfer this personal experience onto their own teaching, so as to make the child active in the learning, with the teacher creating an environment that facilitates success for each child. 

The digital setup helps the student-teachers grasp the use of technology in education. Use of computers is keenly promoted as a part of the program and many aspects of teacher training, including preparation of teaching and learning materials.

The education includes practice periods in primary schools, where the would-be teacher learns the skills of teaching and becomes equipped to meet the challenges of being a teacher in a rural setting. The student-teacher in teaching practice receives supervision and guidance support from experienced teachers. Parallel to the teaching practice, there are studies in didactics and subject matters. A lot of what is being learnt theoretically is translated into practical demonstration. Observations are made by both the local primary school headmaster and the supervisor from the Teacher Training College for further mentorship of the student-teacher. The student-teachers also carry out community outreach activities, among them getting to know the life conditions of the parents, discussing with them about equal access to education for boys and girls, making campaigns about ending child marriage, HIV and AIDS prevention messages, and interventions targeting water and sanitation improvement in the nearby community. 

 

 

Humana People to People members are increasingly providing opportunities for continuous professional development for active teachers; specifically, although not limited to, graduates of Humana Teacher Training Colleges. In its early stages, this effort essentially consists of a network for Teacher Training College graduates and their peers, through which they can receive ongoing support and training, as well as connect with each other to share knowledge and experiences. Network members attend weekend or holiday training sessions where they refresh their skills and knowledge, update themselves on content and share what has worked in their own practice to the benefit of others.

Training sessions build on the methodology used in pre-service training with a learner-centred approach. Teachers in the program are encouraged to take the lead in their respective communities and promote improved learning conditions at their schools.

An inclusive approach towards education as well as increased access to employment opportunities is essential to not only ensure the human rights of people with disabilities, but also for communities to be able to benefit from the unique skills and talents that they possess. In Mozambique, three colleges regularly enroll students with disabilities, and ADPP Mozambique, a member of Humana People to People, has been instrumental in breaking down barriers and encouraging more inclusive community environments for both pupils and teachers with disabilities.

This has been achieved through collaboration with other organizations which specialize in advocacy for people with disabilities.

Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” True to the statement is the support needed to have capable teachers who are dedicated and motivated to practice teaching as well as carry out other activities supporting community development. 

Humana People to People is committed to its role in the education sector of the countries where member associations operate. Achieving quality inclusive education for all children and learners is a highly ambitious goal, yet imperative if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Agenda. 

To achieve the Agenda, intentional and intensive efforts will be required of donors, governments, civil society, academia, communities, parents and children; with each stakeholder playing their part. Humana People to People is confident in its role and objectives in the coming years, and looks forward to the increased investment, collaboration and political action that the new Agenda demands.

 

Written 29 September 2017 

 

 

 

Bicycle race at the Vocational School in Guinea-Bissau.


60 energetic students from the Vocational School in Guinea-Bissau enrolled immediately when Lucas Ehrenhaus, a volunteer English teacher at the school, proposed a quick little bicycle race to celebrate that they had received bicycles and bicycle clothes from UFF-Humana in Denmark.
The race took place on Saturday the 15th of July  between 6 teams, each with 10 participants.

Each participant drove a short distance of 150 meters of red dirt road and back, before the next man on the team took over the bicycle. All the students were very eager to get started. However, the race was delayed a little due to rain and a subsequent bicycle check, where several tires had to be pumped. Eventually, bicycle helmets were distributed. The start was explosive when the race finally started.

It was so powerfull that a chain broke instantly and the first team was out of the race. When most teams had started their 4th rider came the first accident, luckily without any injuries. Later a team was hit by another cyclist during a rider shift, which also caused a damaged bike. As the race was near the end, 3 teams were clearly leading, until 2 of the 3 riders lost control of the bike before the finishing line.
It was a really fun race, says Lucas Ehrenhaus, English teacher and organizer of the event. For many of the participants it was the first time they tried to race, and despite some chaotic episodes, everyone was having fun. The cheers from the spectators were overwhelming and there were many laughs. The cycle race ended with the award of refreshments to all participants.

UFF-Humana in Denmark sends used school furniture, bicycles, computers, sewing machines, hospital equipment, etc. For development projects in Guinea-Bissau.
The consignments are packed by the Danish Relief Group in Næstved.
The fund Recycling for development finances the freight.
The organisation ADPP Guinea-Bissau organises the distribution of the materials
From the shipment in June 2017, the Vocational School received 16 bicycles from the Danish Relief Group and bicycle clothes from the pedal athletes in Fredensborg.

 

DAPP Zimbabwe phase-out the Community-WASH Project in Zimbabwe 

 

The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs for Manicaland Province, Honorable Mandiitawepi Chimene officially handed over the   1.5 million USAID funded Community Water Supply, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Natural Resources Management project (C-WASH) project which has improved the health of 53,000 Zimbabweans from Chimanimani, Chipinge, Mutasa, and Nyanga.

 

In a speech read on her behalf at the project closeout event held Sherukuru Secondary School in Mutasa Minister Chimene commended DAPP Zimbabwe’s timely implementation of CWASH saying "the project which is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6, (CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION) identifies with the needs of the most needy in the rural areas of the province through efforts targeting strengthening the community’s capacity in areas of Water management, sanitation and hygiene management and Natural resources management”.  She praised the Training for Transformation initiative saying it not only develops a sense of ownership and responsibility among community members but ensures sustainability of the project beyond the funding period.

 

C-WASH is a USAID-funded activity to improve the health and nutrition status of Zimbabweans by addressing water, sanitation, and hygiene challenges. Through C-WASH, USAID and DAPP Zimbabwe assisted communities to rehabilitate 237 community boreholes, establish 90 water pumps, construct 350 cattle drinking troughs, and conduct water quality testing on 327 boreholes and wells. The project supported the construction of 20 latrines at 20 schools using a new design that meets the needs of girls and boys and people with disabilities. C-WASH also supported 1 120 families to build latrines at their homesteads. In total, 53 000 Zimbabweans now have access to clean water and sanitation facilities. C-WASH was implemented from 2015 to 2017 in four districts: Chimanimani, Chipinge, Mutasa, and Nyanga. 

 

 

These achievements were highlighted by beneficiaries who shared their most significant change stories at the event.  Notable was the impact of the project on pregnant mothers who now have ready access to clean and safe water, enabling hygienic environment and improved sanitation facilities. “Visiting the swat-hole toilets was an unbearable experience for expecting mothers while walking long distances to fetch clean water was equally painful.   We are grateful to DAPP Zimbabwe for bringing better toilets with raised seats that make it easy to use during pregnancy” said Melania Ziyambe of Mugari Village in Chipinge.  She added that the C-WASH project also eliminated chances of their new born children catching diseases as they now have access to clean and safe water.

 

Students from Sherukuru Secondary school expressed their gratitude to DAPP Zimbabwe and USAID saying their new toilet facilities were designed to cater for disabled students as well as their menstrual hygiene needs. “We are happy with our new toilets that allow us comfort while we are going through our menstruation period. We really appreciate that some of our disabled classmates will be able to also use the toilets without assistance” said the school Head girl. 

 

 Addressing the same gathering DAPP Zimbabwe Chairman Ib Hansen, said “Clean water and sanitation are essential for human health and nutrition, food security, and economic growth. We are proud to work in partnership with these communities to improve sanitation and hygiene infrastructure in a way that will be sustainable over the long term.” He added that water remains a finite resource that needs conservation and called on the 53,000 beneficiaries to continue protecting and conserving water through upholding the principles and best practices they were taught by DAPP Zimbabwe and Zim-AHEAD.

 

USAID Zimbabwe shared their joy with the communities for the successful implementation of the project and reiterated their commitment to the people of Zimbabwe. USAID Zimbabwe Acting Mission Director Julie Nenon said: “USAID stands with the people of Zimbabwe to enable families to live healthier and more resilient lives. The successes we celebrate today have been made possible by the unity and hard work of the men, women, youth, and leaders in these communities.”

 

 

Running under the theme "C-WASH for sustainable water and sanitation facilities for communities", the event brought together over 1,000 community members from the four districts (Chipinge, Chimanimani, Mutasa and Nyanga), government officials, Schools, USAID staff, other implementing partners and above all the beneficiaries to celebrate the achievements of C-WASH project.

 

DAPP Zimbabwe and USAID remain committed to make achievable the UN SDG 6 goal whose vision is to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strengthening TB case finding in Mining Sector of Southern Africa

Equipping field staff with communication material under TB in the Mining Sector in Southern Africa Programme

June 2017, Machava, Mozambique. ADPP Mozambique, a Stop TB Partner, is undertaking active TB case finding covering a population of 214,000 mineworkers, ex-mineworkers, their family members and their communities with the aim of reducing the TB burden in Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zambia.

 

In June 2017, 134 community outreach workers across eight countries have been provided with communication materials including a programme manual for outreach workers to refer while they work and flipcharts that helps provide key messages in a story form.  Information pamphlets on TB, patient pamphlet to guide TB patients and posters with key TB messages including signs and symptoms, TB/HIV etc are also progressively being rolled out to the countries. This will assist community outreach workers in their intensified case finding tasks and create awareness on TB and HIV/TB in the communities where the miners live. These materials have been designed specifically for this project and are tailored to the information needs of mining communities. The material will also serve to ensure the standardization of messages being disseminated amongst similar communities across eight countries.

 

The development of these materials involved a close partnership between ADPP Mozambique and another Stop TB partner, TB Alert, thanks to funding from The Global Fund and with input and feedback from important stakeholders including the Wits Health Consortium and the WHO Civil Society Taskforce on Tuberculosis. Olga Guerrero from ADPP and Sameer Sah from TB Alert, who were involved in developing the material had to consider field realities, differing languages and cultures in the design process. The material was field tested in Mozambique before being finalized and published in various languages, including patient pamphlets and general information pamphlets in English, Portuguese and ten other local languages, to serve the needs in ten countries covered under the TIMS project.

 

 

Kesegofetse Gaolebe, one of the outreach worker from Francistown in Botswana said, “The colours and images in the material now make it easier to provide key messages in an interesting way that local communities find easy to understand. I am sure that this will make a big positive difference in the way we communicate with communities.” 

Access to water is transforming lives in Monze, Zambia

 

DAPP Zambia is increasing access to clean water in the lacking and dry parts of Zambia. This is done through mainstreaming water, sanitation and hygiene education in Monze district. The community based safe water provision efforts are covering 164 villages with a combined population of approximately 44,300 people. 

The current evidence indicates that water scarcity affects more than 40 per cent of the global population and the amount is projected to rise. Drought afflicts some of the world’s poorest countries, worsening hunger and malnutrition. Sub-Saharan Africa and Zambia specifically are in need of support to ensure access to water and sanitation for all – Sustainable Development Goal 6.

We share with you the story of Basilia Mwiinga one of our Child Aid Monze project beneficiaries on how access to water has impacted positively on her life and that of her family. 

Enjoy her story!

 

 

“My name is Basilia Mwiinga and I live with a family of 12 at Kayobolola village of Moomba Ward in Monze District Southern Province of Zambia. 

I have always been passionate about gardening, but I was unable to succeed because of the scarcity of water in my village, especially during the dry season. The main water source is about 5 kilometres away from my village and this posed a serious challenge when it come to accessing water for gardening during the dry season. The closer alternative source of water is a perennial stream which most years goes dry in July. This water challenge affects my yield almost every year. 

However, Child Aid-Monze drilled a new water point in our village. The new water point has brought so much change in my livelihood and for the entire village. It has also enabled myself to engage in gardening all year round without water challenges.

The new water point has not only reduced the distance to accessing water for drinking and other domestic uses, but has also enabled people to engage in gardening closer to their homes. This year I managed to plant more vegetables than any other year. I have so far planted 179 plants of rape, Chinese cabbage and tomatoes. On a weekly basis I have been able to raise K35.00 (Euro3) from the sales of vegetables. Part of the money I raise from vegetable sales is used to support my school-going children and the purchase of groceries and other household requirements.  

Finally, I would like to express my sincere thanks to DAPP Zambia for drilling the water point and continuous rehabilitation of old ones, through the Area Pump Menders, who took part in a training.” 

Child Aid Monze has constructed 16 new boreholes and rehabilitated 13 in the period ranging from January to December 2016. The on-site water quality testing was done for the 29 completed boreholes including the laboratory water quality testing. The rehabilitated boreholes enabled pupils to access safe and clean drinking water and facilitated gardening that improved their nutritional status and income from the sale of fresh vegetables. 

Through the WASHE – (Water and Sanitation Hygiene Education) meetings conducted, the community of Monze has gained knowledge and skills on good hygiene practices and the community has taken an active role to improve water, sanitation and hygiene at home. 

Humana People to People to which DAPP Zambia is a member, share the underlying factor that clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families across the world. 

The success of SDG Goal 6 will help to support vulnerable members of society in the developing countries with clean water supply and curb unnecessary loss of lives due to lack of better sanitation standards.

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