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DLA has just produced a series of training videos to support refugee teachers in Ethiopia. Featuring local teachers and students, the videos provide bespoke pedagogical and language training for specific use in the Ethiopian refugee context.
We invite teachers and education thinkers worldwide to sample these video training products for mobile phone use by refugee teachers - and contact us with comments.
Video 1: Classroom Methodology: Setting up an Activity
The value of video training material is strongest when the learning audience (teachers in this case) relate directly to the content. The videos are made with real students and teachers in a real school in Sherkole camp. They combine direct instruction from a local teacher trainer with examples captured during real lessons. The learning design is based on copying examples, classroom practice, and peer-reflection. We try to maintain the authenticity of the classroom, while expressing ideas with maximum clarity to overcome challenging settings including low quality phones, and low language skills. To enhance accessibility, the classroom methodology unit is available in both an English and Arabic version.
Video 2: English Language Skills: Giving Instruction in English
The field work for a teacher needs analysis showed that instructors felt more confident, and were more trusted and effective, when they improved their English skills. However, many of the teachers in the camps have never been taught English, and there is little or no access to English learning opportunities. The video unit on English for teachers uses graphics and instruction to break the language lesson down into digestible key concepts. As well as teaching correct language forms, it supports learning habits like note-taking and revision.
The English language content focuses on real language classroom contexts. The learning is designed to give correct target language, and also support effective communication with messages such as speaking at the learner’s language level. The materials are accompanied by study packs that encourage trainee teachers to practice the skills from the videos through peer observation exercises and activities that take target language beyond the classroom context.
DLA’s Refugee English Projects
Refugee and migrant school-age children are the fastest growing learner group in the world, according to 2019 UN data. This video shows DLA’s work alongside the British Council and UNHCR in the crisis education sector, using technology and media to enhance high-quality teacher training. Our approaches are being adapted and scaled-up at speed in several settings.
Ethiopia hosts nearly 1 million refugees from regional conflicts. Sherkole refugee camp provides a structured education for 7000 children from South Sudan, Sudan and Congo. With a teacher/student ratio of 1:80, 30 mother-tongue languages, and a diversity of age and ability groups, it’s a huge challenge to train teachers to provide a meaningful education to all students.
DLA develops teacher training products in mobile video format, to make the refugee teachers more effective in the classroom, and to improve the English they speak to their students (English is the the survival lingua-franca in the camp and the Medium of Instruction in the Ethiopian system). These video materials are loaded onto SD cards and during a pilot phase are being used teachers in 3 camps in the Benishangul-Gumuz region.
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With ongoing projects in Ethiopia and Bangladesh, DLA is at the forefront of innovation in providing crisis education solutions. Now you’ve watched the videos, we invite you to have your say and contact us with comments.