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Effective Teacher Training Programme at Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati

By Father Bivan R. Mukhim
Guwahati, Feb. 10. A two day training programme was organized for the Province of Guwahati for all the teachers of Don Bosco Schools at Don Bosco Institute, Guwahati by the Adhyayan team from 29 -30 January 2016. Adhyayan is an education movement of Indian and international educators, dedicated to improving the quality of leadership and learning in schools. The programme was inaugurated by Father VM Thomas, Provincial of Guwahati in the presence of Father Johnson Parackal, Executive Director DBI and in-charge of Don Bosco School Excellence Mission (DBSEM), an initiative to improve qualities of Schools in the province.
The Adhyayan team consisted of Mrs. Viveki Pasta from Adhyayan, Mrs. Prerna Yadav and Ishita Sanyal from The Heritage Schools, Delhi and Mrs. Mansi Arun. The team coordinated together to train the teachers for effective teaching in school. ''These teachers are trained and they will in turn train the teachers in their schools. This is the Training of the Trainer programme,'' Viveki Pasta said.  

Father VM Thomas, Provincial in his inaugural speech challenged the teachers to take the training and learn so that they could change the situation of the schools. ''This training to empower the teachers so that they can empower the students,'' Father Thomas said. He implored the teachers to cooperate in the common mission of educating young minds. ''You are part of the legacy of Don Bosco, you are co-founders of his education system, you are partners in this and together we can transform our schools by building the capacity and empower the students,'' he said.  He requested the teachers to give opportunities to students in their learning process. ''Children succeed when opportunities is given to them at the right time. You need to respect their multiple intelligence and bring out good result from the child,'' he added. Continuing the spirit of following up the training process and assessment, a three day training programme for Guwahati school principals was held from 5-7 February at Don Bosco Provincial House, Panbazar. Mr. Spokey Wheeler, International School Inspector and a Business Performance Coach with seven years Indian experience in quality and leadership development animated the Don Bosco school principal along with Educational Psychologist and founder-Designer Shishuvan School, Mumbai Kavita Anand.

The three day programme was inaugurated by Father Johnson Parackal, Director Don Bosco School Excellence Mission (DBSEM). He spoke of the need to have regular training so that the best are given to the leaders of schools and the best is also given to the beneficiaries.      

The purpose of the Adhyayan training is to establish global standards for Indian education as a roadmap towards the achievement of a good school for every child. To promote the leadership of teaching and learning to embed a sustainable paradigm shift towards differentiated learning. To create a practitioner led strategy for school review and improvement for educators, by educators, of educators and to work with schools and networks on governance that enables and supports shift/transformation.
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