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Teacher training in Cambodia At the age of 69, Terry


Te ryWard, a former physics teacher from


Southsea, is currently on his eighth placement, this time in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as a Teacher Training CurriculumAdviser..


“Because I am crazy, I get up at 5am before sunrise.My breakfast consists of coffee and bread.


My walk to work – my preferred mode of transport - only takes twenty minutes, but you do need eyes in the back of your head to cross the road. People are setting up ‘tuk-tuks’ (mobile kitchens) from which they will sell food throughout the day.


I’m in the office around 6am. It’s cool then, so a good time to work, but I’m very lucky as the office is air-conditioned.


I’m helping to revise the


also developing a teachers which is


Cambodian curriculum for training out of date. I’m Teacher Training


B.Ed Programme and upskilling current teacher trainers. Trainers currently don’t use good models of teaching - they predominantly use just chalk and talk.


Since Cambodia’s education system was decimated in the late 70s under the Pol Pot regime, the country now faces similar problems to what Britain went through following the SecondWorldWar. After the Pol Pot regime was deposed, there was a considerably smaller pool of teachers. A million and a half people lost their lives affecting most families, still within living memory for some. Cambodia now faces the challenge of moving from 1 year trained teachers to a 4 year B.Ed. system and that requires a lot of work.


The office is full of friendly, though often, disorganised people. Meetings are called at short notice or similarly cancelled.


I work through lunch and attend some officialMinistry meetings in the afternoon. People dress quite formally for these. These meetings can be quite difficult to follow, but neither my translator nor I want to create a disturbance so he writes down in English what is happ After the meeting, my translator and I try and make


sense of what ening.


has happened.


Working to change the education system to make it more inclusive and up-to-date is really important. I work with senior officials who can make a big difference to how people are educated. If I do my job well, I could really help to pull some very poor people out of poverty.


97.5%of teachers don’t meet the government’s standards, but increasingly, more children are now in school receiving some level of education. From a situation of zero education in 1979, Cambodia has made enormous strides.


I work until 5pm - without a break - and walk home. At rush hour, a plethora of 4 x 4 vehicles have difficulty in passing each other.Motorcycles - the preferred local mode of transport - infest the pavements. The volume of traffic in the evening doubles my journey time. My accommodation is nice, but it’s not very adequate.


I’m at the back


of an apartment block on the second floor over a coffee shop. Although I have a big bed, my kitchen/dining area is sparsely furnished. On the plus side, I have sole access to a roof space which even has a hammock. As I’m away from friends and family, my evenings are long and it’s amazing how much can be achieved without a TV! On a Friday night, I meet up with some colleagues to network, swap news, learn how to avoid pitfalls an d solve each other’s problems like; ho w to change a gas bottle or where to buy decent clothes. It’s interesting learning about their placements.”.


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www.vso.org.uk/bethevolunteer/education Novemb e r 2015 2015 Vounteer ServiceOverseas (VSO) (V olunteer Service Overseas (VSO)l Br tishEducational Suppliers


British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA)i Getting re


rsAssociation(BESA) A) ready for Bett 2016


Each year nearly 40,000 educators visit Bett, theworld’s largest technology in education show(20 – 23 January, 2015). The show has evolved over the years to meet teachers’ needs, with the increasing amount of high quality free continuing professional


development over the four days of Bett meaning that teachers can learn and be inspired for the cost of just one day out of the classroom. It is also the place to see which new technologies may be right for your school’s specific needs. Looking at product descriptions on company’s website is just not enough; educators


Caroline Wright


want to touch and test the products, ask questions of the company and learn how to best implement the technology to support their requirements.


With this in mind, here are our top 10 tips for visiting Bett 2016: 1.If you have never been to Bett, or haven’t been for a few


years, start to plan your time now. You will undoubtedly leave the show inspired with new ideas and new ways to engage your students but it’s worth planning how t o make the most of your visit now.


2. Book your place at Bett online now. By pre-registering at www.bettshow.com you will not have to wait in line on arrival and can get straight stuck in to exploring!


3. As mentioned previously the seminar content at Bett is second-to-none and free of charge. Go online to look at the speakers and subjects and register for those that you would like to attend. Space can be limited.


4.More than 90 per cent of visitors to Bett pre plan the stands to visit. The show is so big and popular, it is best to plan to see at least a few specific companies in advance. Print out a floor plan from the www.bettshow.com website .


5. The majority of visitors to Bett say that they attend for the training. By this, they don’t just mean the seminar programme. The exhibitors at Bett actually offer advice to visiting educators. Unlike many trade shows, they are not there solely to sell to you; they want to take the time to engage with their audience, understand your needs and give you guidance in getting the most from their products.


6. Don’t miss the opportunity to chat to other teachers at the show.Many visitors say that they gathe others that they meet and chat to on st and at the seminar programmes.


and, in the coffee shops r the best advice from


7. Schedule a pre Bett staff meeting so your colleagues can give you a list of the resources they are look ing at for their class. 8. On arrival, visit us on the BESA Information Point. At Bett 2016 we are on stand B138 right at the front of the hall by the main entrances.We are best placed to know which exhibitors and seminars will suit your needs, so if in doubt please come and ask and we will try to point you in the right direction.


9. Book a date in your colleagues’ diary for a post Bett meeting. During this meeting you can share your experience, information gathered, lessons learned and resources evaluated. If you don’t schedule this in advance, there is a danger that the busy school week will pass you by and you’ll never find time to do this review. 10. Finally, take several pairs of shoes to the show. After


standing on your feet all day, a differe nt pair of shoes may make a huge difference!


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For information fromBESA contac CarolineWright 020 7537 4997


caroline@besa.org.uk www.besa.org.uk


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