COL `Teacher Futures’ Programme Endorsed in Sierra Leone

COL `Teacher Futures’ Programme Endorsed in Sierra Leone

A survey by the Commonwealth of Learning has found that teachers in Sierra Leone are interested in the technology-supported teacher professional development of its Teacher Futures programme, despite internet connectivity and infrastructural challenges in schools.

The study, conducted in collaboration with Freetown Teachers College, indicated that 55% of teachers and 70% of teacher educators in the institutions sampled used mobile technology.

In addition, over 90% of these teachers and teacher educators said they preferred to use mobile devices to access micro-learning and e-Learning resources and to be part of online and messaging-based Communities of Practice.

COL’s survey was part of the preparation for its Teacher Futures programme, which helps enable teacher education institutions to deliver learning opportunities for sustainable development.

It aims to improve teacher quality in Sierra Leone through school-based, technology-supported professional development.

Professor Muhammad Ibn Junaid led a team of 5 members of Freetown Teachers College staff to conduct the survey in 13 secondary schools, where they interviewed teachers and head teachers, as well as staff at Freetown Teachers College.

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