CALL FOR CREATIVE TEACHERS’ COMPETITION at the MIE

 

CALL FOR CREATIVE TEACHERS’ COMPETITION at the MIE

Article published in NEWS ON SUNDAY July 2009

 

CALL FOR CREATIVE TEACHERS’ COMPETITION at the MIE

Educational innovation and empowerment of teachers to take up pedagogical lead is a tradition at the Mauritius Institute of EducationIn the context of the 35th Anniversary of the MIE, the institution coordinated a regional competition with the TESSA (Teacher education for Sub Saharan Africa) in Mauritius and invited primary school teachers to participate in a ‘call for creative teachers’ competition’. On the 1st July 2009, these teachers were rewarded at the Frank Richard Lecture Theatre, at the MIE.

35 participants from different schools in Mauritius responded to share, innovate and create through a series of brainstorming  coordinated by Auckloo P, lecturer in Pedagogy, at the Mauritius Institute of Education. This competition sought to sustain efforts of teachers who were ready to take up challenges and share their creativity, as well as those who needed just an encouragement and support to bring out their originality, creativity and innovation.  Teachers had the responsibility of modifying, re-inventing, re-conceptualising, and re-creating existing ways of conducting lessons based on the principles of active learning.  One of the challenges was to make a maximum use of locally available resources and blend them with their own tinge of originality and ingenuity. It drew out on perspectives and activities related to different areas of teaching and learning such as life skills, literacy, numeracy, social studies and the arts which were already designed by the TESSA. 

Therefore, teachers from different schools in Mauritius, exploited their creativity in a number of ways; whilst some of them have invented new games, others have redefined activities,  produced pedagogical clips, indulged in team teaching, involved headmasters, or even parents to boost up classroom based teaching and learning.  Many of them have started by altering a simple way  of doing things in the class – a first step towards bigger changes, and have later altered significantly in their activities.  This competition invited teachers to adopt a different mindset, and for those who already had it, it ascertains them of the support of the MIE, to indulge in more promising initiatives.  Our primary teachers can be proud of their efforts, after the participation at the local level, 11 entries were selected and sent to the TESSA for the regional competition.   Outstanding entries in Mauritius were from Cascavelle G. S, Quatre-soeurs G. S, Louis Darbee G.S, Camp Ithier G. S followed by Candos G.S. 

This competition is but a first event at the local level in a series to follow, after all the efforts of our primary school teachers in whose hands we entrust our children,  are praiseworthy and need to be valorized.


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