First teacher training workshop held in Sifoe

19 January 2012

The workshop was opened by Saidu Gbla, the Director of the jole rider Learning Development Centre at Sifoe. An introduction was then made by Sarjo Jobe, Principal of Sifoe Senior Secondary School.

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Laurie Mansfield and Steve Atyeo gave short introductions, with the aims of the workshops and the Institute of Physics IOP for Africa programme, and an explanation of the importance of practical work in physics.

Three day teacher training workshops were organised for 7 teachers from 9 different Senior Secondary schools and 18 teachers from 9 different Upper Basic schools. A representative of the Directorate of Science and Technology Education (DSTE), Mr Abdou Jammeh, observed and assisted on two days of the workshop. A second DSTE member, Mr Babou Joof also attended on two days. Each session was conducted as a three part lesson:

  • Lesson objectives
  • Activity
  • Summary

Participants were told that presentations demonstrated during training session would be a model for how UK coordinators would advise local teachers to deliver lessons to their students.

The three days were viewed as a great success. All participant teachers were enthusiastic and contributed to discussion. They appeared to be genuinely grateful for the work IOP is doing. There was a strong demand for similar workshops to be held in the future.

Each school at the Upper Basic School (UBS) and the Senior Secondary School (SSS) workshop took away with them a collection of equipment used in the sessions. This equipment was provided on the understanding that it belonged to the participant’s school, not to individuals.

Evaluation forms given to participants showed an average of 3.3/4 for the UBS workshop and 3.5/4 for the SSS workshop. The Ministry representatives from the DSTE were Abdou Jammeh and Babou Joof, who between them gave 7 days of support to the workshops.

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Laurie Mansfield, the International Coordinator for Gambia, met with the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE), Baboucarr Bouy, and the Director of the Directorate of Science and Technology Education (DSTE), Adama Jimba Jobe, exploring the possibility of government support for the IOP’s project. 

The meeting was very constructive, with IOP’s aims being closely aligned. Mr Bouy remarked finally that our initiative was “a godsend”.