First round short term training provided
One of the tasks planned to be undertaken in the BDU-NORHED project is provision of short term training for primary school science and mathematics teachers. The first round of training is held from July 3 – 12, 2017 at the main campus of Bahir Dar University. The training focus was on four issues: STEM pedagogy, Gender Responsive Pedagogy, Multiple Intelligence and Assessment, and Action Research. A total of 100 (51 mathematics and 49 science) teachers from selected school at Amhara Regional State three zones (South Gonder, East Gojjam, and West Gojjam) took part in the training. The training was provided by 16 instructors from Bahir Dar University and one professional from Fransis G Gosco Foundation. During the certification program at the end of the training, trainees expressed their pleasure as the training has provided them better ways of teaching mathematics and science. Mr. Lisanework Fantahun, a representative from the Amhara Regional State Education Bureau, forwarded his appreciation to the University for taking the initiative and providing the training. He also promised to work in closer collaboration with the university in such initiatives that will help to bring quality in education. After awarding certificates to the trainees, the Research and Community Services vice President of BDU, Dr. Mulunesh Abebe, remarked that the trainees need to use what they have obtained during the training in their day to day teaching duties and surmount their responsibility of producing good citizens.