Working with selected schools in the Ek Phnom District, this 3-year project is an integrated ‘Teach the Teacher’, ‘Better Schools’ and ‘Getting to School’ project.
There are 16 participating schools:
Frankly admitting that at the outset he was sceptical the program would work, the Director of Primary Education is delighted that many of his schools are now achieving amongst the best results in Maths in the Province.
Bak Amrek (Core school);
Prek Chdor (Core school);
Prek Norin (Core school);
Rohan Sounglech (Core school);
Sdey Leur (Core school);
The key to our success in the Ek Phnom district has been the productive and responsive relationship that has been developed with the District Office of Education and the Director of Primary Education in particular. Frankly admitting that at the outset he was sceptical the program would work, the Director of Primary Education is delighted that many of his schools are now achieving amongst the best results in Maths in the Province.
The project objective is to improve both the professional knowledge and teaching practice of primary teachers and mentors in the selected schools in the Ek Phnom District. Intended beneficiaries are children in grades 1-3 and their teachers.
1) Targeted Professional Development Workshops which use Maths as the subject focus because it provides a comprehensive medium through which to develop good teaching practice, applicable across the whole curriculum. Workshops are delivered by trained volunteer Australian teachers and accompanied by comprehensive manuals and teacher resource packs.
2) Mentoring Program where experienced Cambodian teachers are given specialist training to mentor their peers in the classroom. The mentors provide continuing support and reinforcement of material learned in the workshops and help ensure techniques modelled in the workshops are applied in the classroom and resources given are used effectively.
3) Development of SeeBeyondBorders Cambodia teacher training staff continues to occur through the tutelage of Australian volunteers and SeeBeyondBorders Australia staff, such that the local staff can run workshops themselves and develop the mentoring capabilities of the mentors in the program.
The Teach the Teacher Program commenced with teachers from Ek Phnom district in January 2011. The Mentoring Program was introduced in October 2011.
The current Ek Phnom Teach the Teacher Project, incorporating both mentoring and workshops, is due to finish in 2015 but we will look to extend the program in some form and have already committed broader programs in some of the original schools engaged in this project.
In October 2011, a team of SeeBeyondBorders volunteer Australian teachers travelled to Kampong Cham and Banlung in Cambodia to undertake Teach the Teacher workshops for Khmer primary teachers from remote regions. These workshops were arranged in conjunction with the UK based group VSO, a leading independent international development organisation.
The workshops covered Level One of the ‘Teach the Teacher’ programme which focuses on fundamental Maths concepts and teaching methodology for Grades 1-3. All schools represented at the workshops received whole-class Maths resource packs to complement the material covered in the sessions.
The workshop costs involved transport, accommodation, meals and excursion fees for the Khmer teachers as well as the Maths resource packs for each school. The volunteer Australian teachers made a donation to the project and their their travel expenses were entirely self-funded.