Bayview resident teaches teachers in Uganda
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 teacher trainee