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BEREANS EDUCATION INITIATIVE

Growing in Service and Serving to Grow

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Fostering Values Education

“The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.” —William S. Burroughs.

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Training of Teacher Trainers

One of our services is the training of teacher trainers in modern teaching methods.

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Training Teachers, Parents And Students On The New Curriculum

Rolled out in a phased out approach in February 2020 starting with senior one

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Training in the new competency-based curriculum

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teaching Children with disabilities

Children with disabilities have the right to a quality education, just like all other

Empowering teachers through Social Media

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WHY US:

Our work is based on the belief that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and improving the lives of children and families

OUR VISION

Our Vision is to teach train, empower children, youth and teaching staff with knowledge, skills and abilities that benefit the community and the nation as they become noble in character and statute.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to teach, train and empower children, youth and teaching staff in all the six learning areas of social emotional development, communication language and literacy problem….

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WHAT WE DO

When the pandemic hit in 2019, BEI had to find new ways to reach and train teachers. We decided to harness the power of WhatsApp, the popular messaging app, by creating a group where teachers could collectively learn about new teaching methods and share resources.

The Foster Reading Foundations WhatsApp group was a total success. It grow to over 200 teachers from across the country that joined the group and participated in the trainings as they continued to refer friends onto the platform. The teachers confess to have found the trainings very helpful and informative and they went ahead to own up the group by exchanging their own experiences and tips to support each other.

The Foster Reading Foundations WhatsApp group is still a valuable resource for teachers across the country as it still provides them with a way to learn about new teaching methods, share resources and experiences, and get support from other teachers and BEI directly.

Here are some of the benefits we realized using social media like Whatsapp to train teachers:

  • Accessibility: WhatsApp is a free and easy-to-use app that is available on most smartphones. This makes it accessible to teachers in rural areas who may not have access to other forms of technology.
  • Flexibility: WhatsApp allows teachers to participate in trainings at their own pace and from anywhere. This is important for teachers who have busy schedules or who live in remote areas.
  • Interactivity: WhatsApp allows teachers to interact with each other and with the trainers. This helps to create a sense of community and support among the teachers.

“The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values.” —William S. Burroughs.

And another wise saying goes like this. A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. These are laws of Spiritual strength that generate and define our material strength.

In 2021

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Values education makes us aware of the consequences of our actions on the planet and instils in us a respect for nature.

Values

The new curriculum is based on a clear set of values.

These values underpin the whole curriculum and the work of schools.

They are also the values on which learners need to base their lives as citizens of Uganda.

They include:

  • Respect for humanity and environment
  • Honesty; uphold and defend the truth at all times
  • Justice and fairness in dealing with others
  • Hard work for self-reliance
  • Integrity; moral uprightness and sound character
  • Creativity and innovativeness
  • Social Responsibility
  • Social Harmony
  • National Unity
  • National Consciousness and patriotism

These values have to be taught and integrated into the day to day lives of all our citizens of Uganda.

They are not only restricted to the formal education in the schools but every community and in our homes, where the informal education starts from, we need to take individual initiative to see that we all have these as our home values.

Value education is a great contributor to the quality of education. They build the foundation for the type of atmosphere that we need to foster. These foundations also show the philosophies or initiatives that schools support.

We have more people today ready to jeopardise the interests of others for their own selfish gains.

In fields like all fields concerning human activity great Doctors who are involved in organ robbery, great engineers whose bridges collapse as soon as their bills are paid, great accountants that fraud their organisations, medicine, education and the media, the market place is field with corruption that although there is a great advancement in academic conquest, yet the moral fibre still remains a case for moral degeneration.

Our Youth suffer from alcohol, drug and substance abuse. Gambling and all sorts of anti- social activities are all a huge economic burden that translates in to costs and consequences of underdevelopment. Early marriages continue to be a threat to our natives and continues to disadvantage the girl child,  How then can we integrate values into our education value chain and in exchange have great performing productive work force?

First and at the forefront is the teacher. A Teacher, right from the early childhood to the University has a pivotal role in shaping the future generation.

If we can make a student a good and transformed human being, the development of moral values within him is the prior task of education. They are the foundation of human existence and social harmony. They make life more meaningful.

Our curriculum must give prominence to value education. It is very relevant in all fieldsconcerning human activity

The teacher as an implementer of the curriculum has a great role to play. Take for instance;

Teachers can give values to students by giving them instructions through discussion, experimentation

and lectures and by the following mentioned ways:

Teachers can maintain a case-study register to closely observe the students and note down the positive and negative traits of their personality.

By organizing cultural and sports events values like team spirit, sharing, spirit of cooperation, patience, courtesy etc can be imparted.

National and religious festivals must be celebrated to foster a feeling of homogeneity.

“Thought for the Day” should be employed in assemblies. Moral thoughts trigger in them moral thinking.

Teachers should give importance to cooperative learning also called collaborative learning Skits, role plays propagating moral values can be performed by students under the guidance of teacher.

Teacher must tell the students to go to the libraries- the treasure house of knowledge. Classics available in the library are morally rich and inspiring.

Every day a teacher must spend at least 5 minutes on moral lecturing. This is usually the same theme and different stories and testimonies given to the students by their teachers. If the theme is accountability, then we need to see the whole school community involved in the theme from the head of school to the students.

Impart knowledge of foreign languages to make them know different cultures.

Organize games, excursions, visits to places of historical importance. Club activities like nature club, literary club, wildlife prevention club, social service camps, blood donation etc.

Suicidal tendencies in students should be curbed. They must be prepared by the teacher to face the challenges of life fearlessly and with courage.

The most important agent for building the character of the student is a teacher. The student spends more time at school than anywhere else put together in productive hours. The school becomes a very important place to teach values.

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One of our services is the training of teacher trainers in modern teaching methods. This training is designed to help teacher trainers learn how to use innovative and effective teaching techniques in their classrooms.

The training covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Differentiated instruction: Teacher trainers learn how to tailor their instruction to meet the needs of all learners.
  • Project-based learning: Teacher trainers learn how to design and implement project-based learning experiences for their students.
  • Technology integration: Teacher trainers learn how to use technology to enhance their teaching and learning.
  • Assessment for learning: Teacher trainers learn how to use assessment to inform their instruction.

The training is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, and coaching. Teacher trainers are also given the opportunity to practice the skills they are learning in a simulated classroom setting.

The training of teacher trainers in modern teaching methods is an important part of BEI’s work to improve the quality of education in Uganda. By helping teacher trainers learn how to use innovative and effective teaching techniques, BEI is helping to ensure that all Ugandan children have access to a high-quality education.

Here are some of the benefits of training teacher trainers in modern teaching methods:

  • Improved student learning: When teachers use modern teaching methods, students tend to learn more. This is because modern teaching methods are designed to engage students and help them understand the material.
  • Increased teacher satisfaction: When teachers are able to use modern teaching methods, they tend to be more satisfied with their jobs. This is because modern teaching methods are more effective and allow teachers to be more creative in their teaching.
  • Reduced teacher turnover: When teachers are satisfied with their jobs, they are less likely to leave the profession. This is important because teacher turnover can disrupt the learning process for students.

Overall, the training of teacher trainers in modern teaching methods is a valuable investment in the future of education. By helping teacher trainers learn how to use innovative and effective teaching techniques, BEI is helping to ensure that all Ugandan children have access to a high-quality education.

Rolled out in a phased out approach  in February 2020 starting with senior one, the New Lower Secondary Curriculum (LSC) was introduced to improve the quality and relevance of secondary Education and ensure that post secondary students are prepared to enter the workforce and higher education.

The Curriculum aims to produce a secondary school graduate who has the competences that are required in the 21st century, promoting  values and attitudes, effective learning and acquisition of skills in order to reduce unemployment among school graduates.

Its also aimed at reducing the content overload and contact hours in the classroom to create time for research and project work. talent development and creativity.

It is a competency-based curriculum that is based on the following principles:

  • Learner-centered: The LSC is learner-centered, which means that it is designed to meet the needs of the learner. The curriculum focuses on the development of skills and knowledge that will help learners succeed in life.
  • Work-related: The LSC is work-related, which means that it prepares learners for the world of work. The curriculum includes subjects that will help learners develop the skills they need to get a job.
  • Flexible: The LSC is flexible, which means that it can be adapted to the needs of different learners. The curriculum allows teachers to use a variety of teaching methods and resources to meet the needs of their students.
  • Equitable: The LSC is equitable, which means that it is accessible to all learners, regardless of their background. The curriculum is free and available to all students in Uganda.

The LSC has been welcomed by many stakeholders in the education sector. They believe that the new curriculum will improve the quality of education in Uganda and prepare learners for the future.

However, some stakeholders have raised concerns about the implementation of the LSC. They believe that the government needs to provide more resources to schools to ensure that the curriculum is implemented effectively. They also believe that the government needs to provide more training for teachers to ensure that they are equipped to teach the new curriculum.

Despite these concerns, the LSC is a positive step towards improving the quality of education in Uganda. The new curriculum has the potential to transform the education system and prepare learners for the challenges of the 21st century.

Here are some of the key features of the new LSC:

  • A focus on skills development: The LSC focuses on developing the skills that learners need to succeed in life. These skills include critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration.
  • A work-related focus: The LSC has a work-related focus, which means that it prepares learners for the world of work. The curriculum includes subjects that will help learners develop the skills they need to get a job.
  • A flexible approach: The LSC is a flexible curriculum that can be adapted to the needs of different learners. The curriculum allows teachers to use a variety of teaching methods and resources to meet the needs of their students.
  • An equitable approach: The LSC is an equitable curriculum that is accessible to all learners, regardless of their background. The curriculum is free and available to all students in Uganda.

At BEI, we help teachers understand how best this New Curriculum can be implemented and also help learners understand how they can adjust to this change, supported by their parents.

Children in Uganda start formal school at the age of 3. This is when children first experience learning of the sounds. This program has been designed after a period of 14 years of carefully collecting the different learning experiences that 3–6-year-olds interact with that eventually make them avid readers. It starts with appreciating pictures. 

Children with disabilities have the right to a quality education, just like all other children. However, they may need additional support to succeed in school. Teachers can play a vital role in helping these children reach their full potential.

At BEI, we equip teachers with skills on how to deal with children with special needs. Here are some tips for teaching children with disabilities:

  1. Get to know each child individually. Every child with a disability is different. Some children may need more support in certain areas than others. It is important to get to know each child individually so that you can tailor your teaching to their specific needs.
  2. Be flexible and creative. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to teaching children with disabilities. You may need to be flexible and creative in your teaching methods in order to meet the needs of all of your students.
  3. Provide clear and concise instructions. Children with disabilities may need clear and concise instructions in order to understand what is expected of them. Be sure to break down tasks into smaller steps and provide visual aids whenever possible.
  4. Provide positive reinforcement. Children with disabilities need positive reinforcement in order to stay motivated. Be sure to praise them for their efforts, even if they do not always succeed.
  5. Work with parents and other professionals. Parents and other professionals can provide valuable insights into the needs of children with disabilities. Work with them to develop a plan for meeting these needs.

Uganda’s SMEs have challenges. The challenges include inadequate collateral to secure loans; information opaqueness; low level technical and management skills; lack of professionalism; competition; inability to afford long term financing among others.

We help them to develop from their own competitive advantages in an ABCD approach Asset based community development approach to overcome their challenges.

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ABOUT FLAVIA

Flavia is a seasoned Educationalist with over 20 years of experience that has gotten exposed to modern teaching methodologies working with experts from all around the world. She holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences, majoring in Sociology, Social administration and Economics.

Flavia has experience in managing an early childhood center for the last six years and has done trainings with open universities of Australia in early childhood management and project management, attaining a certificate in each.

She also holds a certificate from the Jolly learning center, CPD College in the UK. The training certifies her to also train other schools in using the Jolly literacy program.

Flavia also trained as a trainer in New Hope International Australia’s program; Education for change, which had three parts covered over three years including; Effective Education, an educational approach based on biblical values that targets the needs of communities and not just the individual; Sustainable Community Development, which involves programs to improve living standards, health, infrastructure, and employment; and transformational Leadership Training that will help raise new grassroots leadership and equip leaders to bring change to their country.

Flavia has spoken at numerous workshops, trained through numerous forums and impacted on thousands of students and their families from her extensive work in Uganda and beyond.