Integrative Teacher Training (ITT) Program

The ITT Program seeks to build teacher competency, improve student engagement and learning outcomes, and increase knowledge and support for education in rural communities by implementing School-Based Workshops (SBWs) for teachers that emphasize student-centered pedagogy and leadership development.
2013Tanzania

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting

Location Data

Kilimanjaro, Arusha, and ManyaraArushaRural

The Integrative Teacher Training (ITT) Program is focused on creating a child-centered learning environment that uses local, community-based, and school-based workshops for secondary school teachers. Through ITT, teachers learn how to use participatory, student-centered methods required by national syllabi. The program seeks to augment and decentralize the School-Based Training (SBT) and Teaching in Action (TIA) models, test, refine and scale them in select communities, and then poise them for broader scale across Tanzania. Teaching institutions are utilized as the vehicle for scale in collaboration with District Education Officers and heads of schools, with the endorsement of the Ministry of Education. ITT has four key modules:

School-based Training (SBT) through School-based Workshops (SBWs)Preceding each SBW, ITT conducts facilitator training for "Guardian Teachers" selected by their home schools. This training provides facilitators with confidence in student-centered learning approaches and provides them with knowledge and materials to train other teachers on science concepts. These Guardian Teachers return to their home schools and lead SBWs for their fellow teachers. These workshops provide an opportunity for Tanzanian teachers to modify their teaching methods from techniques that involve rote memorization to those that are more participatory, critical, and learner-centered. They also allow teachers to feel more comfortable using locally available and participatory tools, exercises, and competitions to stimulate learning in subjects traditionally known to be complex and intimidating to both teachers and students. These workshops are sustained and supported by mentoring and best practices sharing among districts.

Leadership TrainingInspired by the TIA model, the ITT program provides teachers with leadership training that builds morale and motivation by enabling teachers to view themselves as role models or "mini-CEOs" who 1) are committed to their vision (both personal and organizational) and to ensuring that each student has what he or she needs to succeed, 2) identify leadership qualities and foster student development, and 3) coach colleagues.

Stakeholder and Parent Engagement Through community meetings held jointly with schools, community leaders, and parents, the ITT program increases parental engagement in the education process. During these meetings, stakeholders discuss issues such as parental concerns regarding education and the value of education, especially for girls. The key objectives are to increase parental engagement by reducing fear and creating a sense of school accountability that influences teacher behavior and class attendance, as well as give stakeholders a deeper understanding of education's value to a family’s collective future, particularly in terms of understanding the role of education in improving socio-economic prospects. 

English Debating Clubs | In addition to the School Based Training (SBT), the ITT Program has a commitment to creating higher participatory learning methods for the more complex subjects (English, Math, and Science).  Since English is the foundational subject to all others, in year one ITT launched an English Debate Initiative. To build teachers’ repertoire of interactive teaching methods while simultaneously improving English usage among students and teachers. Asante Africa teamed with the English Department at MWUCE for teaching “English Debate Skills and How to Set Up a Debate Club at Your School.”  The MWUCE facilitators provide a learner-centered technique through which students use their critical thinking, argumentation, public speaking confidence and English language skills. These skills are put to the test through Debating Clubs in which school teams participate in inter-school debate competitions. Asante Africa Foundation and ITT host the tri-district competition with the support of Public Debate Foundation representatives who also work with teachers on how to integrate interactive debate skills development exercises into the classroom.

Key Objectives

  1. To build teacher competency, self-motivation and school-based support systems through training in child-centered pedagogy and the use of low-cost, participatory teaching techniques
  2. To improve student engagement and learning outcomes, particularly among children vulnerable to traditional practices of nomadic and subsistence farming communities
  3. To increase stakeholder engagement and parental knowledge in support of education in rural communities

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