International Teacher Training Programme.
Street Child is looking for highly-motivated, experienced teachers seeking to apply their skills in an international development context by developing and implementing a six-month teacher training programme for English teachers in eastern Sri Lanka.
Street Child is a charity dedicated to empowering some of the most vulnerable children in the world by giving them the chance to go to school and giving their families the sustainable means to keep them there. One of the crucial challenges in education, is ensuring that every child has access to quality schooling regardless of gender, ethnicity, class or socioeconomic status. This involves the creation of school environments that are appropriate, flexible and inclusive and developing a curriculum that supports active teaching methodologies designed to suit the unique needs of all students. For education to achieve these goals, teachers need to be trained to act as agents of change to drive improvements in education and increase student achievement and engagement.
Street Child is currently seeking to expand and advance a series of educational projects in Sri Lanka which work with the most marginalised so that every child’s rights are realised and the barriers to education, protection, and development are removed. This placement is a unique opportunity to make a critical contribution to an organisation that is setting up and scaling its efforts within various marginalised communities in Sri Lanka.
What Will I Be Doing?
Following the successes of Street Child’s English teacher training programme in neighbouring Batticaloa district in 2018, Street Child is seeking to expand operations into Trincomalee district by replicating the programme within Kanthale educational division. Working alongside another experienced teacher trainer, a programme support volunteer, and working closely with the Street Child of Sri Lanka team, your key responsibilities will include but are not limited to –
· Developing contextually appropriate impact tools to assess teachers’ prior knowledge and progress
· Understanding the strengths and identifying the needs of teachers through conducting initial observations, interviews and surveys
· Planning a tailored curriculum that addresses the current gaps in content knowledge and teaching methodology
· Delivering high impact teacher training sessions, over the course of twelve weeks, to update teacher pedagogy and develop reflective practitioners
· Developing a robust monitoring system to track teacher progress, participation and motivation
· Building and maintaining strong relationships with key stakeholders
· Identifying and training ‘Lead Teachers’ to ensure project sustainability
· Evaluating project impact and success in improving teachers’ understanding of pedagogy and subject knowledge, shifts in attitudes towards learning, and overall scope to improve student outcomes
· Providing support to teachers through lesson observations, feedback and coaching sessions
● Qualified teacher with several years of teaching experience – ideally primary or secondary English teachers
● Experience in middle management or in training/mentoring teachers preferred
● Overseas teaching experience an advantage (but not essential)
● Independent and capable of managing and prioritising workload
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills
● Flexible, adaptable and able to thrive in a start-up environment
● Culturally responsive and respectful
● Professional and diligent in presentation and conduct
● Keen interest in understanding and contributing to the development sector
Successful applicants must be prepared to live and work in austere conditions, and to travel independently to urban, rural and remote project sites. The applicant must be able to manage his or her work plan and report regularly to the team on progress and will be considered a valued member of the team.
Successful applicants will be expected to complete a six-month contract from January to June 2019. Flights, visas, in-country work-related transport and accommodation will be provided by Street Child, as well as a weekly stipend to cover meals and other incidentals.
Whilst this is initially a voluntary role, for applicants with relevant experience who have the ability to add strategic value, there is potential to attain a more permanent position with the organisation.