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Secondary Education Math Teacher

Not Actively Recruiting

Service Dates

June 14, 2020 - August 23, 2022

Application Window

May 1, 2019 - October 1, 2019

Location

  • Sierra Leone

Contact Information

Marissa Henderson
mhenderson2@peacecorps.gov

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Peace Corps in Sierra Leone has a rich history and a strong legacy serving the people of Sierra Leone. The program began in January 1962 as one of the first countries entered after Peace Corps' launch in March 1961 so it is a well-known and welcomed agency by generations of Sierra Leoneans. The first group of Volunteers included 37 secondary school teachers who taught at many levels throughout the country and you will follow in their footsteps.

The education project in Sierra Leone aims to prepare students, teachers and community youth to become empowered and engaged citizens. The goals of the project are:

1. Increase student success by improving student proficiency, academic success, and participation in math, science, English and life skills classes or extracurricular activities.
2. Promote student-centered teaching and administration, where teachers and administrators will develop positive learning environments by improving teaching and administration techniques respectful of gender equitable practices.
3. Prepare youth, especially girls, with skills for their adult life as healthy, productive, and active community members.

The teaching approach in Sierra Leone is mostly lecture based, call and response, and rote memorization. This is where our Volunteers come in. Peace Corps/Sierra Leone will train you to move Math teaching towards a student centered model, where instead of a teacher writing on a blackboard while the students take notes, Volunteers: promote engaging the students through small group activities and the development of study and critical thinking skills; and empower youth with skills to establish goals, make positive decisions, and be active leaders.

Volunteers model high-quality instruction to build communication and critical thinking skills. Volunteers reinforce learner-centered approaches and safe school practices so that teachers, administrators, and community supporters are investing in positive learning environments.

Volunteers provide formal instruction in schools with grades similar to US grades 7-10. Volunteer classrooms are very basic and contain few resources. This provides a lot of room for creativity and how you go about teaching - numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. With a large class size you will work alongside your fellow Sierra Leonean math teachers to:

• improve basic math knowledge
• infuse literacy across content
• work on real life application of mathematics principles
• prepare students for national/international tests
• enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills

Outside of the classroom Volunteers are empowered to run afterschool programs working with their students in math, science, and English but also in activities that your students need and want. Your free time will be spent forming bonds with your community members and drinking plenty of tea but also working on community projects such as:
• gardening and nutrition
• youth empowerment camps
• anti-malarial and health education

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

Peace Corps in Sierra Leone has a rich history and a strong legacy serving the people of Sierra Leone. The program began in January 1962 as one of the first countries entered after Peace Corps' launch in March 1961 so it is a well-known and welcomed agency by generations of Sierra Leoneans. The first group of Volunteers included 37 secondary school teachers who taught at many levels throughout the country and you will follow in their footsteps.

The education project in Sierra Leone aims to prepare students, teachers and community youth to become empowered and engaged citizens. The goals of the project are:

1. Increase student success by improving student proficiency, academic success, and participation in math, science, English and life skills classes or extracurricular activities.
2. Promote student-centered teaching and administration, where teachers and administrators will develop positive learning environments by improving teaching and administration techniques respectful of gender equitable practices.
3. Prepare youth, especially girls, with skills for their adult life as healthy, productive, and active community members.

The teaching approach in Sierra Leone is mostly lecture based, call and response, and rote memorization. This is where our Volunteers come in. Peace Corps/Sierra Leone will train you to move Math teaching towards a student centered model, where instead of a teacher writing on a blackboard while the students take notes, Volunteers: promote engaging the students through small group activities and the development of study and critical thinking skills; and empower youth with skills to establish goals, make positive decisions, and be active leaders.

Volunteers model high-quality instruction to build communication and critical thinking skills. Volunteers reinforce learner-centered approaches and safe school practices so that teachers, administrators, and community supporters are investing in positive learning environments.

Volunteers provide formal instruction in schools with grades similar to US grades 7-10. Volunteer classrooms are very basic and contain few resources. This provides a lot of room for creativity and how you go about teaching - numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. With a large class size you will work alongside your fellow Sierra Leonean math teachers to:

• improve basic math knowledge
• infuse literacy across content
• work on real life application of mathematics principles
• prepare students for national/international tests
• enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills

Outside of the classroom Volunteers are empowered to run afterschool programs working with their students in math, science, and English but also in activities that your students need and want. Your free time will be spent forming bonds with your community members and drinking plenty of tea but also working on community projects such as:
• gardening and nutrition
• youth empowerment camps
• anti-malarial and health education

Sierra Leone promotes gender awareness, girls’ education and empowerment. Volunteers receive training on gender challenges in country and have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During service, Volunteers look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency. As a part of their work, Volunteers 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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