|Photo: The Learning|
|Photo: The fun|
The Regional Education Bureau team and I organized a brilliant training for a group of 50 teachers from the SNNPR this past week. The training was based on a British Council initiative called the Learn English Audio Program and it is designed to give people, especially those in rural areas, access to English language speakers and lesson materials that help improve oral English language use.
The Lifeplayer, the blue box in the picture below, is designed to charge by electrical outlet, solar power, or hand crank so that it can be charged and used in any situation. A huge problem for Ethiopia, especially those in rural towns, is access to English language speakers and this interactive language device allows that access to be possible.
The three day training consisted of games, hands-on training of the equipment, practice lessons, hard work and loads of fun. I have been humbled and inspired by all of the teachers in the last week. The conditions that many of them work under are unbelievably challenging, but they all find ways to help their students learn - often without any resources, without any support and without any payment. The vast majority of teachers are completely focused on the future success of their students no matter what their own personal circumstance is like, or the circumstance in which they teach.
|Photo: The work|
By the end of the training, it was easy to see that these British Council Learning Boxes are a game changer for many schools. You could read it in the faces of the workshop participants. I am fortunate enough to get to go and deliver the boxes to the schools where all of the newly trained teachers work and can't wait to see them again - fantastic people doing fantastic work.
The trainers from the British Council, my colleagues at the REB, and all of the teachers that attended did exceptional work at this training program.
|Photo: Some of the group|
|Photo: The rest of the group|