TEAMWORK AND INNOVATION AT 2ND ZIPPY’S TEACHER TRAINING
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2 2015: PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – One month after the first Zippy’s Teacher Training workshop for the academic year 2015-2016, the Digicel Foundation-supported programme opened its doors again on Saturday, October 31 to welcome teachers from 20 participating schools, including Roxborough AC and Scarborough RC, Tobago.
The 44 teachers who attended the workshop at the St. Joseph’s Convent, Port of Spain, were divided into groups and demonstrated how the different Zippy’s modules can be taught using innovative ways to help the students participate and communicate in the classroom. They also shared effective strategies and techniques that they each adopt in their respective schools, hoping to help other colleagues facing the same challenges.
Neetu Pootkoo from St. Clement, Vedic shared, “Although we have just begun, Zippy’s Friends has already unlocked so many feelings that the students were experiencing, especially anger.”
Ms. Alene Stanisclaus from Roxborough AC exclaimed, “The programme is going really well. The students are enjoying it so much that during our last sessions, the parents arrived and the students did not want to leave.”
On the day, Digicel Foundation’s Project Officer, Cindyann Currency, also presented 4 teachers with Digicel IMAX tickets to thank them for sharing their stories via the programme’s online community, PB works.
Zippy’s Friends is an Emotional Literacy Programme that is designed to empower children aged 5-8 to successfully deal with stressful situations that they may encounter on a daily basis. Endorsed by the Ministry of Education and implemented by the School Leadership Center of Trinidad and Tobago, the programme covers topics such as Feelings, Communication, Making and Breaking Relationships, Conflict Resolution, Dealing with Change and Loss, and Coping.
Launched in 2013 with 36 partnering schools, the programme is now being adopted in 76 primary schools throughout Trinidad and Tobago.