14 teachers join 400 Primary schools Program
The Teachers Network also known as the 400 Primary Schools program is a DAPP Malawi’s education program that brings together and encourages teachers graduated from DAPP Teachers Training Colleges (TTC) to stick together by meeting regularly for sharing of ideas and knowledge on how they can improve the learning and living environments around their various schools.
The teachers meet regularly during what is called a Production Camp to evaluate their achievements according to set plans, share experiences and to come up with action plans for coming months.
As per custom, the 67 teachers met from 18 – 24 August for the production planning session held at DAPP Chilangoma Teachers’ Training College (TTC). This session has seen an addition of 14 new teachers to the network bringing the total to 100 teachers in the network to date.
During the production Camp, activities included orientations on teachers’ roles in the fight against climate change and global warming, the use of class room trios (group of three) and trio task systems, resources mobilization for schools, income generating activities and production of teaching and learning materials.
Mr Moses Busher, Board Chair of Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC) graced this year’s camp and commended DAPP for the job well done. In his remarks, he said “I am inspired by these teachers and the quality of the locally made teaching and learning materials which they are producing. I believe this program is impacting pupils in rural primary schools and I commend the teachers for the great job they are doing”
The 400 Primary Schools project started in 2012 with 12 members but is currently working with 100 teachers who are working in primary schools in 18 districts across Malawi.