While improving the physical infrastructure of a school and providing basic -educational resources are crucial first steps towards creating a better learning environment, we recognise that improving the quality of education requires much more than this. Besides a lack of resources, some of the key problems our partner schools face are inadequately trained, unmotivated teachers; poor management and monitoring of academic progress; and a lack of engagement with education on the part of the community and parents. EQuIP aims to provide a platform for teachers, children and local communities to interact and take ownership of education; growing and developing on a personal and institutional level.
FUNDING ADDITIONAL TEACHERS
Teachers are at the heart of making the whole process of education a positive experience for children. Having adequate quality teachers is crucial to achieving a high quality of education. Teacher shortages is common amongst government schools in the rural villages, and those who are present are not always sufficiently trained. Usually the government supplies 1-2 teachers to schools with as many as 100 children and the local communities struggle to source and retain enough teachers to have one teacher per class. As many of the schools teach using English textbooks, another difficulty is finding teachers with an adequate level of English to comprehend and teach it. Our sponsorship of these teachers is in the form of ‘Teacher Support Grants’, which our partner schools have to apply for, meaning that the management of the resources for hiring additional teachers is put in the hands of the school and the community.
TEACHER’S DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
As part of the EQuIP programme, HELP facilitates and organises teachers’ training workshops for privately funded teachers and those teachers supported by HELP who lack access to government sponsored teacher trainings. These workshops are aimed at improving teaching skills, as well as exposing teachers to alternative, interactive and effective methods of teaching. We also arrange excursions to model schools and cluster meetings between staff from various schools to provide a platform for teachers and headmasters to exchange knowledge and ideas.