Skill Development Training for Primary Teachers (SDTPT)|
This ten month training entails three components. The first component comprises of a two-and-a-half-month intensive session where the teachers learn most of the pedagogical knowledge and skills, breaking down theory into practice, and understanding the philosophy behind a child-centered education. Trainee teachers get a 40 session English language class that gives them practical tips to teach students as well as improve their own English. This is a residential training where participants live and learn together for the two and a half months. Sessions begin at 8:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm with up to three hours of home assignments.
After the residential two-and-a-half-month training, student teachers go back to their own schools for seven-month and practice what they have learnt. They go with prepared guidelines and clear expectations provided by RBF. They keep records of their teaching practices, their changed behavior, lesson plans, use of material, meeting with colleagues, and interactions with parents. They work in their regular classes, implementing what they have learnt in an organized and planned manner. They begin making proper use of the essential material provided in the tin trunk, and seek to develop more teaching aides by themselves, and with the help of the students. They find opportunities to work together with parents and meet with many if not all the parents in their classroom, either individually, or in small groups. The idea of the seven month of implementation of skills and knowledge gained during the residential training is to ensure that they start changing their classroom practices as well as the way they deal with parents as well as their colleagues. For the requirements of the 10 month training to be fulfilled, there is a final two-week session, the third component of the SDTPT training, where there will be a lot of reflection and self as well as group evaluation. Student teachers share what they have experienced, and build upon each other's learning and experience. They focus on the topic of good citizenship, developing a practical curriculum and lesson plans to go with it. At the end of the two weeks, they get certified for the ten month's worth of work they have done. This certification is done by the District Education Office and RBF.