A comprehensive training was conducted for all the TAs (Teacher Assistants), including the Head TAs as well as the new TAs who were recently appointed. It was a three day program that covered various topics right from introduction to Naandi to role clarity to leadership. The first two days witnessed two simultaneous trainings – for Head TAs and for New TAs, and on the third day there was a common training for all together. The trainings were conducted majorly by the MPS Facilitators and the Cluster Manager.
The trainings for HTAs mainly focused on role clarity, importance of your post, expectation setting and leadership skills. Towards the end of the second day we also touched upon community mapping and three-month planning in which the HTAs together with the Facilitators mutually prepared a school plan for the first three months to ensure smooth functioning and minimum errors.
Since the new TAs were freshly appointed and not much aware about their role and the functioning of MPS program, they were oriented in detail about Naandi, its different projects, hierarchy in BMC and Naandi and their position in the system, stake holders, role clarity, school processes through simulation, and core skills for classroom management.
On the last day for the common training, a resource person was called who took a three-hour session on community that explained how community mobilization is an important aspect to encourage parent involvement and create awareness. The TAs – both old and new, were once again briefly explained about their roles and responsibilities.
The trainings were pepped up by ice-breakers and energizers played in between sessions to keep the energy and the enthusiasm alive, which the TAs rather seemed to have enjoyed, it also helped greatly in bonding and team building.
We concluded the training program by felicitating all the TAs with mementos, to acknowledge their hardwork and boost their motivation, and mainly to express to them that they are important to us and we care.
Overall it seemed to be a great success as we could see the difference in the TAs confidence and positivity in their approach, towards the end of the last day.
—- This post was shared by MPS facilitator Trishna Balchandani.