The Gambia Teachers’ Union through support of the Canadian Teacher Federation-CTF organized a three-day training for young head teachers in the Central River Region. The training dubbed Summer Professional Development Workshop for Young Head Teachers, attracted forty participants from CRR-South and CRR-North.
According to the General Secretary of GTU Marie Antoinette Corr, the support to organize the training came from the union’s partners in Canada, the Canadian Teacher Federation. She thanked the federation for the numerous support it has been rendering to the union. Madam Corr stated that the union is passionate about the provision of platforms for the continuous professional development of teachers. As such, she said the union would continue to lobby for funds to capacitate teachers.
The President of the Union, Ismaila Ceesay encouraged participants to take the training seriously. He enjoined them to network, share ideas and ask the relevant questions. Prexy Ceesay stated that the union is very much concern about the need to provide trainings for teachers, thus it has always prioritized the organizing of such platforms to help boost the leadership skills of teachers.
During the three days training, participants were exposed to various thematic areas such as: Roles of School Managers, Ethics and Professionalism, Peace and Conflict Resolutions, Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Educational Settings, Team Development and Leadership.
Organizers are hopeful that the training will usher in an effective and efficient management of schools.
The training was held from the 12th-15th July, 2021 at the Regional Education Directorate-5.