Teacher Support Programme
Teachers’ Centre-Based Support Programme
Rössing Foundation regards support for teachers to be vital, as a single, well-equipped teacher is able to benefit up to 30 learners.
Teachers' support programmes are conducted either at a centre or through the mobile laboratory on school visits to rural areas.
The support programmes offered by the Rössing Foundation continues to be in demand among teachers and learners around the country. However, due to limited human resources, the Foundation focuses on those regions where Memoranda of Understanding have been signed in the context of clearly-identifed needs of both teachers and learners, and where a plan of action is in place.
The Rössing Foundation’s Education Officer in Ondangwa conducted a mini-workshop with ten Grade 1 to Grade 3 teachers on Reading Strategies and Foundation.
Fourteen teachers attended the strategic planning meeting organised by the Foundation, while two teachers from the Nangolo Secondary School and two from Etambo Combined School — both located in Ondangwa — received assistance in the subjects they teach.
Two English teachers from Etambo Combined School received training in the use of English-language tenses as well as direct-indirect speech for 43 Grade 10 learners.
Eight teachers from Outapi-based David Sheehama Secondary School were supported on various teaching strategies and content. The areas covered included essay writing, grammar components and pedagogic skills.
One English teacher at Tutaleni Primary School in Walvis Bay was supported in English sentence construction and paragraph construction. A special-class teacher at Arandis Primary School was supported with phonics activity sheets.
Eight teachers were assisted during the first quarter of 2017 at the Ondangwa Centre. In addition, one teacher from Festus !Gonteb Primary School in Swakopmund, currently busy with his Advanced Diploma in Teaching by Distance, and two teachers from Karibib and Usakos, continued to be supported by the Mathematics Education Officers at Tamariskia Centre throughout the reporting year.
Two teachers were supported at David Sheehama Senior Secondary School in Omusati Region with a series of mini-workshops and demonstration lessons over two days. The support focused on topics such as simultaneous equations, change of the subject of formula, locus, transformations and geometrical properties.
A total of 41 teachers were supported at Tamariskia and Arandis Centres respectively. The support covered presentations on an alternativing-current (AC) generator with available local materials, and how to operate a cathode-ray oscilloscope (CRO) to generate waves and measure voltage, as well as how to demonstrate practical applications within a lesson.
Other topics covered included how to test gases such as oxygen and carbon dioxide, how to prepare and inculcate practical activities in the lesson presentation.
In addition, the Rössing Foundation’s Science Education Officer at the Ondangwa Centre, who served as chief judge at the annual Science Fair, trained 25 teachers how to judge learners’ Science projects fairly.
At the 2017 Science Fair, only 12 science projects qualifed for the national competition. On the advice of the Chief Judge, the region included some projects that scored 50 per cent on average so that those learners could expand their knowledge and would be able to submit stronger projects in the following year.
Science teachers were also advised to guide learners to make recommended adjustments to their projects as per comments made by the judges.
Eleven teachers conducting Physical Science projects with their learners were also supported at Tamariskia and Arandis Centres respectively, while two teachers from Usakos Secondary School and Amazing Kids Private School were supported in Biology and Life Science.
Ten teachers from Swakopmund-based Hanganeni Primary School visited the Tamariskia Centre to familiarise themselves with the centre’s operations. These included teachers of various subjects who came under the leadership of the senior Biology teacher.
The Omusati Region’s schools were advised how they could help learners improve their Sciences projects for next year’s Science Fair.