October 6, 2010
Volunteerism: Teachers Teaching Teachers
Bruno Dallaire, a Special Education Resource Teacher from New Liskeard Public School, had the opportunity of a lifetime this past summer as a participant of the Project Overseas Program. Thanks to the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) and the Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF), Bruno and three other teachers (from Alberta, Manitoba and another from Ontario) travelled to the West African country of Burkina Faso to give professional development in the areas of Assessment and Evaluation, English as a Second Language, Visual Arts, Mathematics and French.
From July 2nd to July 24th, there were a total of 54 participants from across Canada who traveled abroad as part of Project Overseas to share experiences with our peers from other countries such as Uganda, Sierra Leonne and Mongolia to name a few. The main goal of Project Overseas is to improve the quality of education in Canada and in the developing countries in which we work. Although the primary focus is teacher professional development, the primary goal is improved teaching and learning for students around the world.
This is a rare opportunity for these African teachers to receive professional development; therefore, they are all very eager to participate and to discuss new ideas and ways to teach in their classroom. Bruno, being a first time participant in Project Overseas, sums up his experience as follows:
"Traveling to Burkina Faso to help educators become stronger at their craft was an experience of a lifetime. Being able to share my expertise with the African teachers was very humbling. Not only was I able to provide insight and suggestions for new approaches to teaching, but also I learned much about who I am as a teacher and who I want to become. This was truly an unforgettable experience."
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