Tuesday, 27 August 2013

RPA Refresher Training - Bihar

Kumod is our newly appointed Management Fellow in Bihar. Kumod and Shadab (the Training Fellow for Bihar) recently conducted refresher training for our field staff there. Kumod shares the details of this training with us in the post below

Day 1
We completed the first day of refresher training for Regional Program Associates (RPAs) in Bihar with great enthusiasm. The day started with the introduction of RPAs to the new Regional Programme Manager for the State. In this very first session RPAs were highly motivated to share their experiences on the activities they are undertaking on the ground. They shared their problems and challenges extensively and we also went on to discuss their plans for future action to complete the school selection and identification process. In subsequent sessions, RPAs practiced their presentation of Pratham, and our program.
Day 2
On the second day we started with RPAs presenting demo classes using the ‘See’, ‘Think’, and ‘Do’ components of our content  . Everybody was well prepared and, in those areas where there was scope for improvement, we discussed and found ways to carve it out in the better way.

During the session, our primary contact in the Pratham Bihar State Team - Rajeshji - visited the training with the Block Education Officer (BEO). The BEO found our project to be highly resourceful and promised us all possible support to our plan. He specifically liked the See, Think, and Do planning guides we have created to help in lesson planning. The day was closed with planning for upcoming teacher trainings.

Day 3
We started the day with a session on technical troubleshooting. The session was planned as a quiz with a questionnaire based on issues which arise during the use of the WebBox. 

The following session was on micro-level planning of installation and transportation of televisions – on which we all mutually agreed to several points. Additionally we focused on finding out the contextual issues and problems related, and specific to, the locations. It is important to note that there are several logistical factors which vary from location to location and from school to school – some of these factors include hiring electricians, purchasing of electrical fittings by authorities, public transport in the areas, organizing convenient timings for trainings etc.