DNS Teacher Training in Africa and India mainly aim at training teachers who want to teach in rural primary schools.
Teachers who want to make a difference by bringing needed, qualified and modern education to rural children. Teachers, who are no strangers to the academic world but at the same time energetically are of the opinion that children in primary schools must gain useful and also practical knowledge from their education. Teachers, who put modern methods of learning to work - to the benefit of the students. Teachers with a keen interest in development, listening to the tendencies coming from the future of humankind.
In short the teachers graduated from DNS Teacher Training Colleges are trained to promote and bring about change in the countryside in cooperation not only with the children and their families, but with the whole community. Such teachers will have the power to influence the direction of the community by raising expectations and ambitions of everybody, mobilizing the will to act and the degree of organization, and increasing the level of the general state of education of both the children and the community.
Traditionally teachers play an important role in local communities. The DNS Teacher Training program builds on this role and equips the teacher with the necessary knowledge and the skills to become an important force in the development of the society. It is such teachers we wish to train in the DNS program at the teacher training colleges operated by members of Humana People to People.
The program is designed with a progression so that the students develop their life skills throughout the training, academically, professionally and socially, from the starting point of the young person in search of a profession to becoming a world citizen with an understanding of the demanding expectations to a primary school teacher as a trainer of children as well as an anchor person for development in the local community and in the country.
During the training, the students are organized in Core Groups of ten students and one Core Group Teacher. The members of the Core Groups make plans and work and study together. The Core Group Teachers are part of the Core Group and guides the students through the program.
The primary methodology is called the Doctrine of the Modern Method, DMM, which aims at making learning and teaching a creative and constructive process, in which the student becomes the main navigator of her own learning and gets comfortable with many different tools to acquire knowledge. DMM changes the student's ability and potential to learn and work, both independently and collectively. The varied and rich content of the DNS program is described and always available to all, making it possible for students to dig deeper into the subject matter and further explore special interests.
Humana People to People members have been training teachers since 1993, when ADPP Mozambique opened its first DNS Teacher Training College Maputo. Today, about 4,800 primary school teachers graduate per year from the 53 DNS schools in Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea-Bissau, India, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.