The Teachers Resource Center was borne of the need to offer tropic specific, easily accessible and affordable teaching and learning materials at ECD level. Research also indicated that interactive learning was more effective and teaching concretely made a huge difference to student learning. These materials are designed and developed at a local workshop and then sold to schools that pre order from a list of items available. The company has a value add service once a school purchases materials, which is to offer a demonstration to the teachers to ensure that the materials are effectively and efficiently utilized (materials range in price from $2-$45).
Through sales to schools, another need was identified by the company, which was that some schools that were unable to afford the materials, but needed support in provision of teaching and learning materials. The education consultants began to offer a one-day workshop that educates these teachers on design and development of the materials using readily available materials, which they can make on their own (maximum classes of twenty). They also educate on the importance of interaction, layout of classrooms and how to use learning materials, as some teachers may be unaware but afraid to vocalize for fear of losing their jobs. Head teachers and administrators from schools are able to pool resources to pay the consultancy fee, which is approximately $300 and the company gathers research on the needs of the schools prior to the workshop. This is to ensure that the information disseminated is relevant and can be effectively translated.
The key areas identified that are a challenge to teachers at this level include that schools are run as businesses and therefore do not always have an educationalist at the helm to prioritize development over revenue, the lack of teacher mentors for young teachers and lack of information/materials to ensure parental engagement. These are issues that the company aims to address in the workshops as well as training in learning materials. Through networking the company hope to be able to secure funding and partnerships to develop more materials that target parents and public schools.Key challenges include convincing schools of the importance of learning and teaching materials and not having a workshop dedicated to developing the materials
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CEI approaches in actionStudent supportLearning materials for studentsSchool supportEarly Childhood Development
Model details2005For-profitComprehensive curriculumOtherTeaching and learning materialsActiveLong-term projectRevenue
BeneficiariesOtherSchools at pre primary and ECD level
Conduct workshops to teach schools how to develop their own teaching and learning materials using easily found materials.
Scale4000over 4000 assorted teaching aids
Teacher Resource Center have provided resources to over 150 schoolsAugust, 2014
The center began to design, develop and provide schools with interactive teaching and learning materials. This has now developed into workshops on designing own materials and restoration of materials
In the future the center would like to have their own workshop to cater to high demand also to open an outlet to reach parents which is another key market
Monitoring & EvaluationNo
There are no plans to develop a strategy but the increased interest and sales indicate a need for locally made and affordable materialsUser satisfactionCost effectiveness/value for moneyNo