Bayview res­i­dent teaches teach­ers in Uganda

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Court­ney Dol­dron, a re­tired teacher and Bayview Vil­lage area res­i­dent, has worked with the NGO Ed­u­ca­tion Be­yond Bor­ders since 2014, lead­ing a team of ed­u­ca­tors to the Kayunga district in Uganda, to train teach­ers based on a trainthe-trainer model.

Since be­gin­ning the Uganda project, his team has in­tro­duced new pro­grams and teach­ing meth­ods to schools in Uganda, such as spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion, stu­dent coun­cil, peer tu­tor­ing, par­ent train­ing to bet­ter sup­port kids at home and even an eye-test­ing pro­gram for stu­dents to re­ceive do­nated glasses.

So far, the team has trained 125 teach­ers who have gone on to be­come train­ers them­selves.

“If you have well-trained teach­ers, they can pass their knowledge on to the kids prop­erly,” said Dol­dron.

Since the pro­gram be­gan, Dol­dron and his team have seen a trans­for­ma­tion in the schools where his trainees work, but he also noted the stark dif­fer­ences be­tween the school sys­tems here and in East Africa.

“Our tech­niques we take for granted here be­cause we’ve been us­ing them for so long,” said Dol­dron. “But when you go away and you see kids and teach­ers will­ing to learn some­thing new and then try­ing it as an ap­pli­ca­tion, you feel good about what we do here in On­tario.”

Court­ney Dol­dron (right) with a trainee dur­ing a trip

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