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Child-to-Child Approach for Better Education in Bam

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A group of teachers learn how to utilize new methods of teaching in Bam

Child-to-Child Approach for Better Education in Bam
Apprehensive about the difficult task ahead, yet enthusiastic about being chosen to act as trainers for up to 200 of their colleagues, ten teachers and principals from Bam last month became full-time students.
They participated in a seven-day training, led by UNICEF together with the Bam Department of Education, on the Child-to-Child (CtC) approach. Building on knowledge gained at a similar workshop earlier in the year, the participants gathered to develop lesson plans and develop a strategy for using children to teach their peers – in this case about good hygiene.
The trainers-to-be included members of the Hygiene Committees set up in Bam schools as well as members of the Bam Child Friendly Schools Committee.

Learning with body and soul
The future trainers were split into groups of two to work on developing lesson plans for various modules of a Hygiene Promotion booklet compiled last year by the Kerman Education Organization, UNICEF and the international NGO Action Contre la Faim (ACF).
The training used a participatory approach that included frequent discussions in which everyone took part and gave comments. Participants also joined in games and energizing exercises, throughout which they laughed and let out their inner children.
“Each lesson must engage the mind, heart, hands and feet of the student,” advised facilitator Dr. Pedram Moosavi in one of his introductory statements. “Only then will the ultimate goal of active thinking be achieved.”

Race against time
By day six of the training, the ten participants looked and felt more confident and in control. But the end goal, a three-day training of 100 primary and middle school teachers, was only two days away and pressure was beginning to mount. One sentiment commonly felt by all the participants: “I have never studied so much in my entire life!”  
At the end of the weeklong training, the new trainers split into groups of two or three, each ready to lead a class of about 20 peers. All around the school, the trainers rushed between classrooms, learning to work the video projectors, preparing their presentations, writing welcome notes and decorating their classes.
“So many ideas are coming into my head,” said one high school principal, Mr. Sadeghi, “I only wish there was enough time to put them all into practice!”
The training progressed with discussions, games, activities, group work and even a puppet show that entertained as it informed. “It is fascinating how well thoughts and ideas can be taught through a play,” said one middle school science teacher.
During the final hour of training, the teachers and their trainers created a web -- a metaphor to represent the network that is created each time a person commits to passing on knowledge to other members of the community.
At the close of the training, the ten trainers, the facilitator and representatives of the Bam Education Department and UNICEF gathered to share feedback and make future plans, including training for an additional 100 teachers.
“The potential here is so great that I expect to see it used in Kerman and around the country in the not so distant future,” said Dr. Mousavi.

 

 
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