05 August 2019

A 'spark' in training

By Satvinder Singh

As I walked through the streets of village Dankaur, on the outskirts of Greater Noida town, to reach the District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), where I had to conduct two- day teachers’ training, I was thinking about the feedback I got from the teachers at my previous training session.

The Sampark Foundation, where I work,  provides this unique training to teachers so that they can use the Teaching-Learning Materials developed by our foundation in their classrooms. In this two-day training program, we invite two teachers from every primary government school in a block of a district.

The teachers who come for training generally attend many such trainings and the biggest challenge before us is to make our training interesting and useful for them. The room allotted by the government was on the first floor and there were many charts and posters on various subjects such as nutrition, English, Sanskrit, among others.

Though as trainer I always get good response from the teachers, the fear of failure often makes me nervous.

There were around 40 teachers in the room, all from different schools. We began the training with introductions. Their excitement was palpable as we engaged them in a lot of activities, and introduced to them concepts such as phonic sounds. Sampark Didi, the audio device, filled the room with her sprightly voice and foot-tapping music.

There was not a  trace of tiredness, or boredom on their faces till the end of the last session.

The enthusiasm of our teachers, who are often called unskilled and unmotivated, at Sampark training,  has always surprised me.

It was the time to take their feedback. Many of them told me that they desperately want to change their classrooms and that they feel happy when their students show interest in studies. The best feedback I received from one of the teachers was that through our training, for the first time, she has learnt a whole new fun-filled way of teaching her young students.

I am keen to visit her school sometimes soon and see how our training and tools are making a difference in her classroom. 

(The writer is a Sampark Spark. Views expressed are personal)