|Teacher Training: a Reference Manual (Peace Corps, 1986, 176 p.)|
|Chapter 3 collaboration|
In an effort to meet Peace Corps' goal "to help host country governments meet their needs for trained manpower" this martial is designed to provide Peace Corps Volunteers with the information they need to train teachers. But standard teacher training topics alone do not address the thousand and one problems that arise when teaching in a Third World setting.
Upon leaving the teacher training college, the new teacher is usually assigned to a rural post. Because academic standards in rural schools are seldom on a par with those of population centers, where most teacher training colleges are located, the new teacher is immediately faced with a host of problems some of which include:
° Overcrowded classrooms.
° A shortage of qualified teachers.
° A shortage of teaching materials.
° A lack of standardization of existing materials.
° A general lack of communication with other schools and institutions and consequent feeling of isolation and low morale.
° A lack of opportunities for continued education.
° A low salary.
In short, the rural sectors of most developing countries suffer from a chronic lack of material and human resources. It is therefore vital that Volunteers work hand in hand with host country nationals to create the kind of network necessary for the growth and sustenance of teachers in the field. This section will introduce the problems and possibilities related to collaboration in human and material resource development. Suggestions will be given and specific skills necessary for successful collaborations will be presented and discussed.