Comprehensive Sexuality Education Teacher Training Workshop
1 April 2021
Life Orientation teachers attended a workshop to assist them to become comfortable with mediating very sensitive topics with learners.
The Comprehensive Sexuality Education Teacher Training Workshop was presented by Senior Curriculum Planner, Ismail Teladia and facilitated by Education Development Centre (EDC) trained staff.
A total of 82 teachers from the Metro South and Metro Central Education Districts attended the training at the Century City Conference Centre from 26 - 28 February 2021.
The two districts have been added to the USAIDS DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe) Partnership. The Metro East and Metro North Education Districts are already on the programme.
All Covid-19 protocols were put in place to secure the safety of the teachers, officials and education partners. The education partners include Wits RHI, FHI 360, EDC, NACOSA and the Anova Health Institute.
The training focused on the implementation of the Scripted Lesson Plans (SLPs). Teladia said it was not an add-on to the LO curriculum but a critical part of the curriculum. “We want this training to strengthen the teacher’s classroom pedagogy or teaching methodology. It is also done to eliminate the myths and misconceptions prevalent in our schools around comprehensive sexuality education.”
The training covers Grade 4 to Grade 12. Identified schools in the two districts will receive learning and teaching support material.
“The feedback from the teachers was that they enjoyed the training, it was very informative, and they have learnt how to deal with these sensitive topics. More importantly they were happy to engage with other teachers.”
“They have even established mini-professional learning communities amongst themselves,” he said.
The training session will be followed up with orientation meetings with the schools’ Senior Management Teams and Governing Bodies on 10 and 17 April 2021.