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Primary Teacher Trainer Specialist

Not Actively Recruiting

Service Dates

June 15, 2020 - August 26, 2022

Application Window

May 1, 2019 - October 1, 2019

Location

  • The Gambia

Contact Information

Marissa Henderson
mhenderson2@peacecorps.gov

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Description

Teacher Trainers co-teach with young, new teachers to improve the quality of teaching and learning by promoting student-centered learning, modeling classroom management techniques, and producing materials for teacher counterparts to use with students. This model of co-teaching is an opportunity for the Volunteers and local teachers to learn from one another while ensuring the sustainability of the Volunteers’ work. A typical class size is around 45 students, mainly grades 1 through 3, either in a single school or a school with different levels in one complex. This allows Volunteers the ability to participate in a core activity of this program; working with an exciting early literacy program, complementary to the Government of The Gambia's initiatives, to enhance literacy teaching and to get children reading in earlier grades.

On occasion Volunteers work with ECD (early childhood development) and can run their own classroom/manage their own kindergarten class.

Many teachers in The Gambia do not receive regular training after earning their certification, which provides Volunteers with a unique opportunity to play a vital role in supporting more effective and inclusive teaching.

In their role, Volunteers may:

• Help teachers plan lessons
• Observe teaching and provide feedback
• Co-teach and give demonstration lessons
• Coordinate discussions among teachers about their work
• Promote the making and use of educational aids
• Support the development and use of libraries
• Support and deliver teacher training at local, regional, or national levels

Outside of their primary assignment in schools, Volunteers are encouraged to engage their community in activities to promote English learning, Math and Science activities, as well as organize clubs, sports, and other after-school activities. Volunteers may also engage in malaria work, gardening, and tree nurseries as part of their secondary projects.

During school vacations Volunteers have the chance to work with teachers in training at the government teacher training college. Volunteers work with department staff on instructional planning and preparation to develop the curriculum they will instruct.

The Gambia promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. Volunteers will receive training on gender challenges in-country and will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During service, Volunteers will look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency. Volunteers will also report on these efforts and their impact.

Teacher Trainers co-teach with young, new teachers to improve the quality of teaching and learning by promoting student-centered learning, modeling classroom management techniques, and producing materials for teacher counterparts to use with students. This model of co-teaching is an opportunity for the Volunteers and local teachers to learn from one another while ensuring the sustainability of the Volunteers’ work. A typical class size is around 45 students, mainly grades 1 through 3, either in a single school or a school with different levels in one complex. This allows Volunteers the ability to participate in a core activity of this program; working with an exciting early literacy program, complementary to the Government of The Gambia's initiatives, to enhance literacy teaching and to get children reading in earlier grades.

On occasion Volunteers work with ECD (early childhood development) and can run their own classroom/manage their own kindergarten class.

Many teachers in The Gambia do not receive regular training after earning their certification, which provides Volunteers with a unique opportunity to play a vital role in supporting more effective and inclusive teaching.

In their role, Volunteers may:

• Help teachers plan lessons
• Observe teaching and provide feedback
• Co-teach and give demonstration lessons
• Coordinate discussions among teachers about their work
• Promote the making and use of educational aids
• Support the development and use of libraries
• Support and deliver teacher training at local, regional, or national levels

Outside of their primary assignment in schools, Volunteers are encouraged to engage their community in activities to promote English learning, Math and Science activities, as well as organize clubs, sports, and other after-school activities. Volunteers may also engage in malaria work, gardening, and tree nurseries as part of their secondary projects.

During school vacations Volunteers have the chance to work with teachers in training at the government teacher training college. Volunteers work with department staff on instructional planning and preparation to develop the curriculum they will instruct.

The Gambia promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. Volunteers will receive training on gender challenges in-country and will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During service, Volunteers will look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency. Volunteers will also report on these efforts and their impact.
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Benefits

Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

Education Requirements

College Graduate

Desired Languages

English

Other Conditions

Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check

Service Details

Focus Areas

Education & Youth

Weekly Hours

40

Service Type

Combination of direct and indirect service

Service Environment

Indoor and Outdoor

Placement

Individual Placement

Service Setting

Community-based Nonprofit, Community Development Organization, Early Childhood Program, Elementary School, Health Clinic/Other Health Organization, Higher Education Institution, High School, Hospital, Local Educational Agency, Local Government Agency, Recreation or Youth Center, Social Enterprise (nonprofit)

Activity Types

Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities

Contact Information

Marissa Henderson
mhenderson2@peacecorps.gov

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