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This short video summarises the role of the Observers.
In Zambia, a team of Observers monitor the training programme. They:
In Zambia, the Observers are drawn from key stakeholder organisations. They include:
The training received by Observers includes helping them to understand the action research approaches that Principal Trainers and teachers will be using, and providing an insight into the content of the training modules.
Observers are supported to develop observation checklists and to practise their observation techniques. They are shown how to help improve teacher training by offering a critically constructive perspective. Their role is to support and motivate the trainers’ and teachers’ own reflections and suggestions for improvements. The observers are trained specifically not to act as inspectors who are grading and assessing teachers.
Our observers often participate with great enthusiasm. They are committed to the aims of the programme. Some observers have commented that performing the observer role has contributed not only to their own professional development, but also to them implementing inclusion-focused improvements in their own work settings.
Watch this video. Sharon talks about her role as an Observer and the changes she has seen in schools since the teacher training programme started. She also mentions how being an Observer has brought benefits for herself and positive changes for the place where she works.
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