The Teacher Development Program: Neuro-Psychology of Learning

Jaffery Academy Faculty, Mombasa
21st and 22nd of October 2014.

The Africa Federation Education Board in collaboration with the Madrasah Centre of Excellence (MCE) and the  Africa Federation Tabligh Board (AFTab) organized a Teacher’s Development Program: Neuro-Psychology of Learning for 16 Personnel of Jaffery Academy of Mombasa.

The event was facilitated by two of the MCE Neuro – Psychology of Learning Facilitators, Sis Shama Dewji and Sis Sukaina Jafferali.
Objectives of the Teacher Development Program - Neuropsychology of Learning:
At the end of the program, participants to have:

*  experienced a comprehensive self-assessment covering key psychological frameworks involved in learning.
*  Reviewed in detail the learning needs, energies and thinking approaches for different students.
*  identified the inherent strengths and challenges they might face as teachers based on their needs, energy and thinking approach.
*  learned how to adapt their style to teach more effectively.
*  established an action plan to apply these skills and techniques in everyday situations.

“The topics selected for facilitation on Temperament and Communication Style. How to understand others (Students and adults). How to motivate and engage them in learning. These were the best aspects of the program.”
“The comprehensive self-assessment, is what I liked the most.”
“I learnt so much. The facilitators made the learning atmosphere very conducive.”

Benefits of application of Neuropsychological approaches in Academic learning: 

  • It supports students to improve their learning and attain higher retention levels.
  • It facilitates effective learning activities that enable higher engagement and involvement in the learning experience.
  • It builds a two-way learning relationship between the teacher and the student that ensures student development is at the level of the student taking into account different stages of the child’s development.  
  • It enables the teachers to ensure the right processes are used for the different types of content being learnt in the madrasah and ensure it is child specific. 
  • It helps the teacher to avoid “labeling” learners by showing greater understanding of the child’s personality in the learning process.  It gives the teacher the ability to make constructive use of differences and capitalize on all talents.

The program was a 2-day facilitative workshop beginning at 8am and ending at around 6pm at the Multi-Purpose Hall of Jaffery Academy.

Sister Shama Dewji:
“Her activities made us see clearly the concepts in action and she helped us “know what we didn’t know…”
“Great – amazing how you share knowledge”
“Wonderful and warm, feels like you were part of Jaffery Team. Presentation skills were awesome, with a lot of support & queries tackled. Keep up the good work.”

“Excellent facilitation, good pace, easy to follow. Made practical suggestions applicable in classroom environment.”

  Sister Sukaina Jafferali:

 “She is FANTASTIC. I loved her delivery and the use of various tones. Her responding to participants/learners was very warm & supportive”
“Knowledgeable. Full of energy and enthusiasm, it was contagious. Very supportive and willing to guide where necessary.”
“Clear display of competence in the field presented”

“Excellent facilitating skills and oratory power”

Above, is the group photograph of the 16 Participants from the Faculty of Jaffery Academy, 2 Facilitators, 2 of the CBG Coordinators and 2 assistants.
On behalf of Africa Federation Education Board Chairman Br. Samir Habib and Africa Federation Tabligh Board (AFTab) Chairman, Sayed Hasan Naqvi, I extend my appreciation to Africa Federation for supporting the program, Jaffery Academy of Mombasa for hosting the event, CBG Coordinators Sis Neelam Jiwa and Br Mujtaba Peera for taking care of all the logistics, the Facilitators for taking out their time once again to reach out and the Teaching Personnel for attending and contributing positively during the session.
Education Board Secretariat.

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