Sharing and multiplying knowledge
Project officers from the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation trained teachers in new teaching methods as part of a project in Ethiopia. It was not only the participants in the course who were able to learn new things, however. When cultures meet with the aim of learning from each other, all those involved can learn and grow.
«I will never forget that afternoon,» says Kate Heller, an project officers at the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation. She is referring to an intercultural exchange afternoon that was organised as part of a project in Ethiopia. In this project, children and education officers from four different towns in Ethiopia met in the capital to talk about their cultures and break down barriers surrounding prejudices.
Empowering partnersThe two-week project in Addis Ababa was called ToT, or Training of Trainers. During this workshop at the end of January, two project officers from the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation taught the education officers new teaching methods. This included how to work with children who do not speak the same language as the teacher. The project officers also presented new and exciting activities that could be done with the children. In another part of the ToT project, the project officers worked with the education officers to prepare a summit meeting for children. This summit meeting was designed in a way that would bring children and youths from different cultures and ethnic groups closer.
«We included a lot of varied activities in the handbook that could be performed with children and youths.»