Mentoring Workshop in Mogadishu PDF Print

On 6th August a mentoring workshop, for teachers was held  at the Hilaac UK restaurant in Mogadishu.  Mentors are teachers who have been selected to provide extra support to students in school. The teachers are then trained on a variety of topics such as; how to provide psycho-social support to students, how to identify the concerns about the participation of girls in school, identify the barriers girls face in attending school and the role of teachers in addressing gender issues in education at the school level.


The 18 teachers who participated in the workshop were selected from schools in Mogadishu that work together with CISP in the Protection, Education and Culture and Peace sectors.


There was need to provide a training opportunity for teachers who mentor students; the workshop served this purpose and it was conducted in an interactive manner with input on various topics to stimulate group discussion such as; how to build trusting relationship with students, how to communicate well, building confidence and motivating the students.


The main objective of the training was to clarify the purpose and the operation of the boys’ and girls’ clubs that were started in their schools. These clubs provide opportunities for students to participate in activities and interact with peers in a supervised setting. The clubs provide an array of activities such as: poetry, storytelling, and physical activities like skipping rope and football from which the students can choose. Activities offered by the clubs enable members to learn valuable skills; in the case of girls, they are exposed to topics such as rights and responsibilities, self-esteem, leadership, the importance of equality and equal access to education.


The provision of mentor training is intended to improve student-teacher relations in school; also to improve communication between the schools and the organization as well as establishing synergy within the three sectors (Protection, Education and Culture) CISP is operating with.


“My school’s clubs experience will improve a lot because I will share what I gained from the training with my students...The most interesting topic was about how to mentor girls; how to listen and help them solve the problems they have and even how  to advise them” noted  a female participant.




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