Mentors oversee 3-6 Khmer teachers who have attended the SeeBeyondBorders ‘Teach the Teacher’ workshops. Mentors are a fundamental part of our program ensuring the Khmer teachers receive the support they need to put their learning into practice in their classrooms.
The ‘Teach the Teacher’ program consists of both teacher training workshops and an in-school support program. Groups of volunteer Australian teachers first provided in-service workshops for Khmer primary school teachers in January 2010. These workshops continue to be developed by SeeBeyondBorders to guide Khmer teachers through the Cambodian mathematics curriculum, identifying pedagogy (the method and practice of teaching) and activities that will lead children to the prescribed learning outcomes. The workshops are accompanied by comprehensive manuals and teacher resource packs.
The in-school support program is conducted by a peer group of Mentor teachers who are given specialist training by SeeBeyondBorders.
Our June Teach the Teacher workshops were held in Kampong Cham and Siem Reap from June 30 to July 14, specifically for the Khmer mentors.
The workshop costs involved transport, accommodation, meals and excursion fees for the Khmer mentor teachers as well as provision of locally produced whole-class Maths resource kits for each school represented at the workshop. Each kit costs $60 and contains sufficient resources for 40 children to be able to take part in every activity covered in the workshops, in a rural school context. Our volunteer Australian teachers are entirely self-funded and also contribute to the project costs.