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Good teachers for a better country

Monika, who entered the teacher training school in 2012, had always dreamed of becoming a teacher. In her opinion, DNS Teacher Training “is a very interesting way of learning. Everything is very practical, which is very good. The tasks are not only book related knowledge but also knowledge related to our society”.

Someone once said that ‘good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more’. The DNS Teacher Training in India seeks to avoid precisely this. How? By ensuring excellence in the primary education system through all the schools having at least one qualified and trained teacher for every 30 pupils –an agreement the Indian government signed four years ago.

The DNS India program is organized into 22 periods over the course of two years, each with a four week duration. Every period has a main subject to give it direction and focus during the lessons, discussions, and activities in that particular period. The students do a teaching internship in nearby primary schools, which improves the quality of education and develops a greater involvement for both the teachers and the students in the local community.

“Our primary school children are benefitting from this center. I hope the DNS program, with its innovative methodology will continue to work with our school for a long time”, affirms Roshni Devi, headmistress of a primary school in Kundli.

In cooperation with the Department of School Education and Literacy in India, Humana People to People implemented DNS Teacher Training program with the aim of engaging its students in their future roles as primary school teachers and community development agents. The program focuses on ‘learning by doing’: sharing experiences or engaging in different events such as information campaigns, and interaction with school teachers or parents. Even the current primary school teachers themselves have been won over by the innovative methods employed. According to some former trained teachers, “the effectiveness of different tools and teaching methods used by the students during their teaching internships has encouraged some primary school teachers to adopt some of those methods themselves”.

Since 2009, for the first time in India’s history, children are guaranteed a right to quality elementary education by the state, with the help of families and communities. According to UNICEF, nowadays about one in five primary school teachers in India currently do not have the minimum required academic qualification to ensure children’s right to quality learning.

“India has a large number of teachers and needs many more. The ultimate goal of teacher development should be to ensure that optimal learning takes place in the classrooms”, states the Department of School Education in India.