Capacity Building for our Learning Center Staff

Sreydieb Long, Head of BOOKBRIDGE Mobile Learning Center (center) with her colleague Robert Erdin (right), BOOKBRIDGE Fellow, and Sopheak (left), librarian at BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center Takeo, during the team training
Sreydieb Long, Head of BOOKBRIDGE Mobile Learning Center (center) with her colleague Robert Erdin (right), BOOKBRIDGE Fellow, and Sopheak (left), librarian at BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center Takeo, during the team training

From April 24 to 25, team members of BOOKBRIDGE Cambodia participated in a training for teacher trainers. Sreydieb Long, Community Hero and Head of the BOOKBRIDGE Mobile Learning Center in Takeo province, Cambodia, writes about the training.

The training was offered by Voluntary Service Oversea Organization (VSO) in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. As my colleagues from the other BOOKBRIDGE learning centers and me work in the field of education, we were invited to the training. The goal was to improve the teaching skills of future English teachers.

Kadet Mam, Head of BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center Angtasom, and Vannak Pen, Head of Learning Center Tonloab, during the training.
Kadet Mam, Head of BOOKBRIDGE Learning Center Angtasom, and Vannak Pen, Head of Learning Center Tonloab, during the training.

The training started at 8am on April 24 and ended in the evening of April 25. It aimed at strengthening the quality of education and encouraging the use of textbooks and educational materials in a proper way. The participants were teachers, teacher trainers of Provincial Teacher Training Colleges from different provinces and the Head of Learning Centers from the BOOKBRIDGE learning centers in Angtasom and Tonloab, a librarian/part-time teacher from Takeo and Robert Erdin, BOOKBRIDGE fellow in Angtasom.

Our trainers focused on grades 1 and 2 using the respective students and teacher manuals. On the first day we dealt with level 1 by using the textbooks for students and teachers with different activities (f.e. asking the students to work in pairs or in groups for spelling or saying words), games (memory game, ball game board sinking) and singing (123 and ABC songs).

During educational activities to motivate students to learn
During educational activities to motivate students to learn

The training also focused much on grade 4 and 5. It was really beneficial for teachers in conducting activities to teach the students lower case, upper case, sentences. This helps students to easily and quickly learn with full activities for the whole class that prevent students from becoming bored of learning.

We very much enjoyed the training even though it was short. However, it was very useful for us. I would like to thank Robert Erdin and BOOKBRIDGE getting us connected with VSO and their trainings and especially for providing us the opportunity to attend it and developing our teaching skills. We would also like to thank VSO for inviting us and providing teaching materials.

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