Building Teacher Training in the World’s Poorest Countries
Access to education, a fundamental human right, is also an important subject worldwide. Though students in third-world countries have socioeconomic or cultural limitations, they have a thriving yearning and commitment to go to school. But in school, these students often come across an ill-equipped teacher or a vacant classroom. In poorer countries, educators are neglected as they don’t get things as simple as adequate training. Governments in these countries should consider the following to help educators.
Engage High-Quality Teacher Instructors
Just as student achievement depends upon educators, teacher development depends on the instructors. Thus, high-quality teacher instructors should be prioritized by validating teacher instructors’ credentials and qualifications at the beginning. Regulations should be set up to decide whether an instructor is competent. Governments should stay updated about the curriculum and methods the educators are learning, as they’ll implement these methods in the classroom.
Focus on Professional Development
From clarifying what “quality teaching” entails to setting up practical standards for teaching and professional development, staying updated on current events, and knowing about the daily ground realities the educators handle, policy- and decision-makers should do them all. They should also hold the trainers accountable and evaluate the process stringently and consistently to monitor how educators are learning, the resources they are offered, and how they are trained to use them.
Teacher training must be aligned with the student’s realities. The curriculum needs to be relevant in developing countries, where students go to school by giving up on time they could have otherwise invested to earn money for their families. For instance, there’s no point following an unproductive Westernized curriculum in countries battling extreme poverty where most students drop out during elementary school. What’s needed, instead, is a curriculum that builds real-life skills to help the students in their daily lives. For example, budgeting as part of the Math curriculum can teach students the importance of saving money and investing the sum somewhere suitable.
Additionally, teacher training must include evidence-backed and proven practices, like student-centered learning. Taking into account the situation in their schools and the type of lives their students lead, educators in developing countries should be equipped with the best tools.
Offer Adequate Support
Educators should be supported in every possible way to ensure they can access necessary resources, right from school supplies to teaching materials. Helping them forge relationships with competent administrators, who can be their mentors and validate their experiences, is another effective way of offering support.
Additionally, how much educators will be compensated financially for training should be considered. For example, governments can do this by considering teacher training location. In developing countries, just like students, some educators too have to travel a certain distance to reach school. If compensating travel expenses isn’t considered, a teacher could decide to be absent if it means saving some money for meeting other needs.
Encourage educators to collaborate and build a community where they can share tips, exchange notes, talk about teacher training, and discuss other things to maintain continuity in the classroom. Governments can also push educators to accept leadership roles for viewing their profession from a different angle and inspire other educators.
Focus on Long-Term Economic Benefits
With adequate teacher support, teacher quality will improve. This will boost students’ academic achievement and encourage them to pursue higher education or take up their desired professions. According to research, this progression will help build a student’s lifestyle and the country’s economy.
Recognize the Good Work
Teacher development is an enduring crisis, particularly in war- and poverty-inflicted countries, and needs resolve and consistent work. When capable and passionate educators get adequate governmental support to benefit their students, they’ll motivate their students to acquire better knowledge and skills, thus molding them into potential and effective contributors to their country.