The Alliance knows that children learn best when teachers are trained and supported. When the Education Program started in 1992, one of the first initiatives was to train 28 teachers in their local language of Bambara. For over 25 years, the Alliance has continued to develop quality teachers. Investing in our teachers ensures success and reduces turnover. We partner with Mali’s Ministry of Education to routinely evaluate and coach all teachers in our 12 village schools. $75 covers the cost for a trained professional to conduct quarterly evaluations and complete written reports on teacher performance. A successful teacher equals a successful student!
In 2011, the Alliance partnered with CAP- Centers of Educational Support (Centres d’Animation Pédagogique) from the Ministry of Education. CAP Supervisors are Malian education experts who evaluate teacher performance and then make recommendations for further training. The Alliance then offers training sessions based on the greatest need. We have offered French/Bamanankan training and Reading/Writing training.
During the 2017 – 2018 school year, the Alliance provide teachers’ bench desks and chairs for 12 schools. This year 72 teachers will continue to receive training in French, math and lesson planning. They will also receive CAP supervision and training.