Jahanzeb's ECCE training helped turn his faculty and school around, bringing children back into classrooms
Jahanzeb, a kindergarten (katchi) teacher has been an instrumental partner of Save the Children’s ECCE Project in helping to create a child friendly environment in his school.
In the course of six months, he was trained for ECCE and SHN programs and for monitoring and supervision of his faculty.
“The enrollment rate in my school was low and drop-out rates were high. I believe that the major factor behind children’s lack of interest in school was the old traditional teaching methodolo- gies and widely accepted corporal punishment.
The ECCE training was just what I needed to change this environment, as the ECCE program trains teachers to create loving, safe and healthy learning environments and strictly condemns the practice of corporal punishment”.
After training, Jahanzeb’s attitude in the classroom completely changed.
“I used to think that a teacher was someone who instructs. I understand now that practical learning is more effective than passive learning through lectures.
I bring myself to the level of the children, and think like them in order to engage them more effectively. As a result, my students see me as a facilitator who they do not hesitate to approach”.
Jahanzeb also received training in “Literacy Boost ”, which aims to improve children’s core reading skills.
“The Literacy Boost training taught us about sounds and syllables and how to join and connect them, so I decided to create a book where each alphabet was connected with various vowels to create sounds.
After a month of using this book in my own classroom, I saw signs of improvement. By the end of Kindergarten (Katchi), all the children in my class could read”.
Jahanzeb’s newfound attitude of engaging and interacting with his students in meaningful ways, extended to his faculty as well. He encouraged other teachers to collaborate amongst themselves and create low cost materials.
He also initiated visiting other schools for inspiration. Jahanzeb’s entire faculty is now committed to their new teaching practices. Corporal punishment is completely banned and unheard of at the school.
Just a year into the ECCE intervention, the school is boasting 100% reading and writing skills in the 3rd grade. The previously low ECCE enrollment has leaped from 60 to 108 students.