The Department of Education, CTA has kicked off the Early Grade Reading Workshop for Primary Teachers in Tashiling, Sonada from 11th to 15th March, 2017 for the duration of five days. It is attended by 17 participants from north east schools under different administrations such as STSS & CST schools. The first day of the workshop began with heavy rainfall and the place was covered with thick fog. Despite nature’s fury the teachers have shown full enthusiasm by reading the resource materials, various articles and responded flawlessly to the question proposed by the resource person. Our motive is to train all the primary teachers teaching all the subjects in Tibetan Schools in India. Till date, we have trained around 420 teachers including of this batch and hopefully we will wind up the EGR Workshop after one batch, which will be soon conducted in the month of May, 2017at Dharamsala.
We are focused and emphasizing on how to inculcate the free reading habit among the early graders and adaption of reading culture in and out of the school especially, in the Tibetan Language. The teachers realized the mistake they have been making unconsciously in the classroom and they made a promise that they will implement what they had learnt from the workshop and will try their best efforts to improve the four basic skills of language in Tibetan. Teachers voluntarily shared their experience in relating to the workshop topics and asked some suggestion to the resource person how to solve the problems which they are facing while tackling with specific children. This workshop gives priorities to story-telling to the early graders. All the teachers told their stories and the observer commented on the stories and gave suggestion to improve according to the ability of the children.
As part of the follow up visit of this project, the resource person and DoE, Education officer for Humanities will be visiting the north –east schools of CST Darjeeling on 16/3/2107 and CST, Kalimpong on 17/3/2017 to observe the classes of English and Tibetan teachers those who have already attended the EGR workshop earlier in 2016. This is a monitoring visit aimed at providing on-site guidance and support to the teachers if they are facing difficulties to implement the workshop strategies and measure the impact of the EGR workshop.
Mrs. Tenzin Legzey, Education Officer for Humanities will be monitoring the effectiveness of the program. Dr. Latika Gupta is the resource person of the workshop. This workshop is being funded by USAID through THE TIBET FUND.
– Report filed by Department of Education –