First session of Teachers Training in Dhaka by Agami Education Foundation

Agami Education Foundation (AEF) has successfully completed its first “Teachers’ Training on Teaching Science by Hands-On Practice”, in a 5-day long program spanning from 17 to 21 December, 2016. The project director of the Teachers’ Training Program was Mrs. Nafisa Khanam, executive director of AEF. She also acted as a resource person, accompanied by Mr. Alamgir Hossain from Viqarunnisa Noon School and College for 5 days and Mrs. Roseline Sara Gomes from Holy Cross School for one day in this context.

In 2012, to keep up the standard of education, the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB), Bangladesh changed the textbooks and curriculum, which has been often proved to be difficult for the teachers to cope up with. Therefore, the Government of Bangladesh took some initiatives in 2016 to train the teachers nationwide, and on the non-governmental side, AEF is the first and only organization to provide such an opportunity.

Ten trainee teachers attended the program: Ruby Akhter from Sohag Swapnadhara School, Dhaka; Rajib Kumar Ghosh from PSD Pearabag School, Dhaka; Liton Chandra Deb Nath and Dilip Kumar Shil from Joypura SMRS High School, Lakshmipur; Taef Bakht Chowdhury and John Moni Kar from Chatpara Ideal Academy, Habiganj; Nesar Uddin Ahmed and Md. Mizanur Rahman from Doshgram High School, Sylhet; Md. Abdullah Al Mamun and Md. Abul Kashem from Milon High School, Netrakona. These teachers teach Science to students of class six in their respective schools, therefore, they received training on various aspects of class six Science curriculum.

There were some observers to monitor the overall activities of the program on various days, including Mr. Mohammed Noor Uddin, Director of Public Relations, AEF (observed for 1 day); Mr. Shibnath Sarkar, Director of Programs, AEF (observed for 2 days). I was privileged to be an observer for three days and following is an account of my personal experience of the days.

On the third day, five teachers presented their skills of teaching Science by means of using practical instruments in a simulation class. On the fourth day, the remaining five followed suit. I was an observer for seven out of the ten simulations, and those simulations were illuminating in many ways.

The modern-day classrooms require teachers who would not be delimited into their own world, but rather would engage and cooperate with the students while making the whole process of learning attractive and enjoyable. The simulations worked as an excellent grooming session for that, where a teacher would give his/her demo and all the other teachers would act as students, whence after each teacher’s simulation class, other teachers would evaluate him/her. It was greatly helpful in finding out and enhancing the potentials of the teachers as well as spotting out their faltering steps and making them stable.

The teachers’ dedication was praiseworthy. They were very committed to their training, and their hard work was illustrated on the final day when they were divided into groups of two to prepare sample study plans. Out of the five study plans prepared, four were immediately approved while only one remaining to be modified.

The final day concluded with the distribution of certificates and remunerations for the teachers on completion of the training. Mrs. Nafisa Khanam, Mr. Alamgir Hossain and Mr. Shibnath Sarkar conducted the closing ceremony with assistance from Mr. Zafar Hossain, Mrs. Maksuda Mahtab and Abedin from AEF. Some of the teachers shared their experience on the overall training program and expressed their gratitude for such an experience. But the highlight of the day came later when various science practical equipment was distributed to six schools that the ten teachers represented. The program created a greater bondage between AEF and the teachers of the remote schools of Bangladesh by bridging the distance and the gaps. The program concluded with a hope that the dissemination of training and instruments would be greatly helpful in not only enhancing the students’ interests in Science but also in enhancing the quality of education in the schools concerned, in resonance with a key theme of Agami – ensuring quality education for all.

Author: Mansura Amdad, Dhaka