Teachers in schools that host refugees often walk into the toughest classrooms. A single classroom often contains many learners from different backgrounds, and these have in one way or another been affected by violence in their home countries, seen their homes destroyed and their relatives injured or killed.
Alivuni Samuel, a teacher at Yangani progressive primary in Bidibidi refugee Settlement in Yumbe District says,
“When I had just started teaching in the refugee settlement, I encountered a number of challenges especially in interpreting and adopting the curriculum as well as managing a large classroom with learners of different age categories and diverse languages.”
Finn Church Aid trained Alivuni in Inclusive education, positive discipline, literacy, item writing, Teacher Learning Circle and Continuous Assessment.
“The Teacher Learning Circles and peer classroom visitations aided me in relating well with the learners and I was able to identify my areas of strength and weaknesses. This has enabled me to draw my own goals, and action points for improvement. I am now also able to deliver relevant content and handle teaching a big class.”
Finn Church Aid is co-chair of the Education in Emergencies sector working group together with UNHCR and Ministry for Education and Sports to coordinate the refugee education operations in Uganda.