NWU workshop focuses on teacher development
The Faculty of Education Sciences on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) hosted a very successful teacher development workshop on World Teachers Day. The workshop was held on 5 October and was aimed at assisting teachers to identify barriers to learning.
More than 40 members of the teaching profession, ranging from departmental leadership to inclusive education specialists, participated in the day's activities.
A series of four plenary talks in which current needs and tried and tested strategies to address barriers to learning, were discussed during the morning sessions. The afternoon session comprised of a series of activities to enable teachers and inclusive education specialists to understand, identify and remediate barriers to learning. This is part of the NWU's commitment to provide practical help to the profession from an informed and innovating perspective.
The initiative forms part of the professional development focus of the FES-KKD Partnership for Hope Memorandum of Understanding. This year's theme is: "Learner support and addressing barriers to learning". Last year's theme was: "Numeracy and Literacy in the Foundation Phase". The theme in 2014 will be: "The Year of Technology" and a series of cooperative workshops are being planned for this purpose.
World Teachers' Day is annually held on 5 October. It started in 1994. The day commemorates teachers' organisations worldwide. The main aim is to mobilise support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met.