Build a community

Organising your workforce

Build a community

Ministry staff, teachers and parents need to work together closely to deliver education to students. Once communication channels between all groups are open, you need to help build a sense of community and common purpose.

Build relationships with parents and carers

Evidence from previous epidemics, like the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, shows that children are unlikely to study at home effectively without the support of adults or older siblings.

This support can come from parents or carers, but it could also come from study groups run by other trusted adults, normally teachers but also perhaps a trusted adult in a local community.

The importance of parents or carers in home learning means that

  • they will need regular contact with, and support from, teachers and other parents or carers
  • materials used for classroom learning may not be appropriate – existing materials may need to be adapted, or entirely new materials created or found

Provide learning materials that encourage engagement

Often Ministry efforts focus on how deliver learning materials – TV, Radio etc. But it is equally important to consider the kind of materials being delivered.

The learning materials that you provide need to encourage and help parents or carers to get involved in students’ learning.

Materials should also help teachers work closely with parents or carers to make sure each child is taught in the way that suits them best.

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