One of the aims of the Window to the World project is offering young, graduated teachers a possibility to develop teaching experience in an environment where teachings methods are drawn on international teaching theory and practice. This is necessary because education experts claim less than half of the country’s teachers possess even the minimum qualifications to teach properly and early education teaching is so new to the education system there are no references at hand.
Under-educated teachers are a problem
The mainly theory based teacher training programs and the absence of Child Psychology as a science make it hard to implement relevant early education teaching methods. Window to the World teamed up with The Global Campaign for Education (GCE), a civil society movement working to end the global education crisis. Their mission is to make sure that Countries act now to deliver the right of everyone to a free, quality public education.
In 2013 the GCE Global Action Week was focused on the problem of under educated teachers worldwide and was called; Every Child Needs a Teacher: Closing the Trained Teacher Gap. Starting points were:
Training of (new) teachers vital
Thirty one countries report that fewer than three quarters of teachers are trained (to any accepted national standard). Indonesia is one of them. The single biggest thing we can do to give our children a chance to realize their right to education is make sure each and every one of them has access to a trained teacher. However, in Indonesia we unfortunately also face an acute shortage of teachers. In addition, we must ensure that each new teacher - and each existing teacher - has quality initial and ongoing training. Training of teachers is absolutely vital to ensure that being ‘in school’ also means ‘learning’, but right now many children who have made it into a classroom may well be there with poorly-trained teachers. We need to make sure that all teachers – new recruits as well as those already in classrooms – are well-trained, have access to ongoing training and are treated as professionals – with decent pay and conditions.
Every Child Needs a Teacher: Closing the Trained Teacher Gap is a report jointly produced by the Global Campaign for Education and Education International to identify the severity of the trained teacher gap, its impact on education systems and to make recommendations for closing this gap.
We need to make sure that all teachers – new recruits as well as those already in classrooms – are well-trained, have access to ongoing training and are treated as professionals – with decent pay and conditions.
A teacher takes a hand- opens a mind- and touches a hearth