The Teacher Development Program

The Madrasah Centre of Excellence (MCE) in collaboration with the Africa Federation Tabligh Board (AFTab) organized a Teacher’s Development Program: Neuro-Psychology of Learning in Dar-es-Salaam on the 25th and 26th of January 2015.
A similar program was also conducted in Mombasa over two weekends on the 31st January and 1st February and 7th and 8th of February 2015.
A total of 56 participants attended the programs.
The programs were conducted in Mombasa by Sayyid Aliraza Naqvi and Br. Shabbirhussein Khalfan and in Dar-es-Salaam by Sis Shama Dewji and Br. Shabbir Khalfan.

Participants and Facilitators during the 25th & 26th of January, 2015 – Dar-es-Salaam

Participants and Facilitators during 31st January & 1st February 2015 - Mombasa

Participants & Facilitators during 7th and 8th February 2015, Mombasa

Objectives of the Program:
At the end of the program, participants had: 

  • 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.

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 use of different talents.

Comments from the Participants:
“What I liked the most was, being able to know my strengths and weaknesses and to be able to motivate and encourage others too.”
“The whole program was awesome I must say and very inspiring and enlightening. It boosted my confidence and made me realize in a more advanced level as to what kind of a person I really am and how to deal with different people.”
“The friendliness of the facilitators and their interaction and coordination made the seminar effective. A wealth of information was given and in an effective and efficient way.”

The Africa Federation Secretariat wishes to convey its deep appreciation to the World Federation for their support and in availing the services of Sayyid Aliraza Naqvi to conduct these important sessions in our Jamaats.  We also extend our gratitude to Br. Shabbirhussein Khalfan and Sis Shama Dewji for conducting and facilitating the workshops.
On behalf of Africa Federation we extend our appreciation to Dar-es-Salaam and Mombasa Jamaats for hosting these development programs.
We also wish to thank the volunteers in both Jamaats for their support and services.
We extend our appreciation to all the participants for attending and contributing positively during the session.
AFTab Secretariat.
March 2015

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