The aspect of capacity building is crucial area for educational discourse because it results into successful teaching and learning. Through these trainings, hindrances to an excellent performance of teachers are addressed. It was a golden opportunity to be a part of this training program, and so all the teachers could not afford to miss it. The training covered topics on Roles of a teacher, Managing teacher stress, innovativeness and creativity, child teacher relationships and the expectations of a teacher at Wells of Hope Academy.
The strategic aim of the capacity building training was to strengthen and sustain learning and teaching skills among teachers.
The objectives of the training were; to increase humanitarian skills and knowledge-base among the teachers, to create awareness of existing classroom concerns and develop learning programs around these concerns and to provide an opportunity to implement activities that promote active learning.
For both days, the training was commenced with Devotion which comprised praise, worship and prayer.
The head teacher, Mr. Mbabazi Wycliffe gave the opening remarks and he highlighted for the teachers the meaning of capacity building as an increase in knowledge, output rate, management skills and other capabilities of an organization/individual through acquisition, incentives, technology and training.
The guest facilitator, Inspector of Primary Schools in Nakaseke District Mr. Kayemba Kalema advised teachers to work towards influencing the faculties that are existing in children such that learning takes place.
He also stressed that teachers need to engage in carrying out enough study and take trouble to know the difference in their learners if they are to influence learning. He further elaborated carrying out enough study as getting to know all the learners by name, the families where they come from and their Family social economic status. This is directed towards being in position to command the class. He also urged the teachers to carry out experiments where they are required, lesson planning, organize the class and prepare the learners before they begin to teach.
In conclusion the facilitator advised that there is need for teachers to be well grounded on the mission, objectives and vision of the school. He also urged them to upgrade to be up to date.
Ms Rose J Kadhuba, from the Head Office encouraged the teachers to actively participate and be eager to get new information because learning is a continuous process that improves an individual. Since teaching comes with a lot of pressures, Rose felt the need to address teachers on how to handle stress. Stress was defined as a harmful physical and emotional response that occurs when requirements of a job, don’t correspond to abilities, resources or needs of a worker (National Institute for Occupational therapy, 1999).
Mr. Mbabazi, the head teacher briefed the participants on the roles of a teacher at WOHA among which included; teach the children, carry out parental guidance/counseling, provide parental care, act as role models, write monthly reports, protect & provide security.
The guest facilitator for the day was Detective Sergeant Emojong; he was accompanied by Sergeant Nabeeta and Mr.Nsubuga (all who are Staff from Kalege Police Post).
Sergeant Emojong briefed participants on Child-Teacher Relationships; he addressed participants on high standard communication skills: he mainly cautioned teachers to carry out practical Child Study that is; their work should not stop at school, but should endeavor to know the well-being of the children at home as some learning concerns may be traced from the child’s home. He also cautioned the teachers to carry out their lessons practically to promote active learning.
Sergeant Emojong also addressed the Article 34 of the Constitution of Uganda, which is Rights of Children; he cautioned the teachers, to all get a copy of the Constitution of Uganda as a necessity; he said that this will help them not to be caught up by the law and that their ignorance would not save them. He also added that teachers are motivated to carry on with their work if they are given their allowances promptly.
Ms. Stella, the social worker from the Head Office briefed participants on team work; she defined team work as working together with each doing a part; she said a good team player is one who listens actively, cooperates with others, shows commitment to the team, respects team members and demonstrates flexibility. She mentioned that for teams to succeed there should be open decision making which involves every team member.
Ms. Stella also advised participants to work as a team in order to develop and deliver effective learning programmes. This is because some teachers have better teaching skills than the others; she gave an example of promoting active learning in a dull class, the class teachers for that class can work together and come up with a better learning model like adopting lessons outside classroom in order to effectively encourage active learning.
She furthermore emphasized the need to be time managers, effective communicators, researchers, God fearing and non judgmental regardless of the physical appearance of a person. She demonstrated this through the THINK BIG model. T-talent/time, H-honest/hope, I-insight, N-nice, K-knowledge, B-books, I-in-depth learning and G-God.
The participants engaged in full involvement and participation throughout the training. They were equipped participants with various teaching and learning skills.
Mr. Mbabazi, the Head teacher concluded by thanking the members for their participation, patience and listening all throughout the training. He urged them to take on the lessons learnt into practical ways of bringing about an effective learning environment for the children. Finally, he gave a vote of thanks to the facilitators and head office for organizing such a wonderful training.
The training addressed hindrances to active learning and provided methods and activities that will enhance better performance not only to the pupils but also to the teachers. The training was also a way of addressing problems that teachers face in delivering their services at the academy and providing a measurable solution to these concerns so as to; improve their effectiveness and efficiency and strengthen and sustain their learning and teaching skills.