A school without teachers is really just a building. We partner closely with our teachers to understand their challenges and to help tackle those challenges.
Our teachers have a lot on their plates. Our teachers live in the remote villages where they teach, often far from family and friends. They face huge classes (as large as 100 students!). They have extremely limited classroom materials -- many schools in Mali don't have any textbooks at all.
To top all that off, Mali's teacher shortage means that many teachers receive little training before the classroom and more often than not they have no chance at continuing education to help polish their skills.
We partner with our teachers to address some of the most crucial issues. Currently, our work focuses on providing professional teacher training and evaluations.
In addition, we support peer groups where small groups of teachers can exchange ideas, challenges, and creative solutions. This year we're also launching a peer-nominated awards process to recognize just a few of our most outstanding teachers.
The Latest From the Teacher Project
With all the busy follow up after the Soiree, I’ve been remiss in sharing a wrap up. First, we are so grateful for the wonderful supporters who came out to celebrate with us — thank you! And thank you for giving so generously to help our students start their school year off right! What did the Soiree do for our students? Read on…
It’s that time of year — Soiree time! This is our big gathering of supporters in Salt Lake City, where we celebrate successes and look forward to a new year of school. This isn’t your normal stuffy gala. Instead of asking guests to buy trinkets at an auction, we invite everyone to “bid” on truly critical things our students and schools need to succeed. What can you bid to support? Read on…
We are excited to welcome our new Teacher Project Coordinator, Adama, to Mali Rising’s Mali-based staff. Although we are sad to see our previous Coordinator, Francois, move on, we know Adama will do a great job in the role. We asked Adama a few questions to help everyone get to know him.
Do teacher trainings make a difference in the classroom? According to one of our teachers, they really do make a difference in the classroom…and even in the teacher’s own life!
In Mali classrooms, all too often lessons are taught by lecture and repetition and enforced through memorization. By contrast, active teaching and learning requires a set of methodologies that can make the learner more self-sufficient in their learning. One of these didactic techniques is the technique of concretization. What does the technique of concretization in teaching mean? Is it difficult to apply? What is it used for?
For so many girls, trouble with shyness begins with family education and continues in school. Girls in Mali, especially in small, rural villages, continue to be unfairly discriminated against because of their sex. They are deprived of school simply because they are born girls. According to the parents in the villages their schooling is of no importance because their destiny is to be married young and to take care of household chores and children. During Mali Rising's teacher training for capacity building in December, a day was devoted solely to gender, with a theme of "Shyness of girls and gender equity in school settings.”
Thanks to our donors, since 2015 we have organized training for the teachers in all of our middle schools. In December 2018, the capital of Banimonotié, Bougouni, witnessed this theater, which was a chance for our teachers to refresh their knowledge and enthusiasm for teaching. Animated by a gift of perpetual quest for knowledge, 41 Mali Rising teachers left their families and leisure time to come and acquire the needed tools to improve the futures of their students.
Last week, more than 40 Mali Rising teachers came together for 5 days of training and sharing ideas. This is all thanks to our generous supporters, who understand that a school is only as good as its teachers. Thanks to our donors, each Mali Rising school now has two teachers with more skills to share with their students!
This week our donors’ generosity is taking form as a gathering of more than 40 teachers from 21 Mali Rising schools. This year is the fourth year that donors have funded training sessions, and to date we have helped more than 120 teachers.