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Facilit'Art Training Report 2017

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D.1. Facilit'Art Training
OUR VISION OF CHANGE
OUR ACTIONS
Educators (NGO Facilitators and other teachers) develop methods and tools in collaboration with colleagues to involve children and parents in activities.
Pre-conditions needed to reach our vision :
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Educators are aware of the importance of collaboration between professionals and develop skills and tools accordingly.
The teachers' job is valued by parents, children, colleagues, TIPA, and society in general recognizes the positive impact they have on children's education.
NGOs meet and think together on the needs and opportunities concerning children's education. NGOs know and recognize each NGO’s capacity and develop actions/activities in cooperation to improve synergy in the education system
Educators recognize the value of parents & children and the importance of their participation in activities.
From June to October 2017, TIPA facilitated
22 training sessions
impacted by educators
195 children
More than 150 parents
potentially impacted through artistic activities
9 external trainers
conducted 11 training sessions
10 educators participated
in training sessions
7 TIPA staff
facilitated the workshops
Modules covered :
Interactive Pedagogy, Exploration of art techniques, Child development and assessment, Activity development and assessment, Positioning and local situation
FACILIT'ART HIGHLIGHTS
A "unique experience"
Reflecting on the educator's role
At the end of the training in October, the participants expressed their feelings on the Facilit'Art experience. TIPA team's welcome and team spirit was inspiring to them, the use of creole language and the relaxed atmosphere put them at ease: they felt they could express themselves freely. They were satisfied with the overall content, they enjoyed all the artists' interventions and the art material they were given to explore. Moreover, the training helped them on a personal basis: some participants discovered they have Art skills while others learnt to get to know themselves better.
The following highlights drawn from participants' feedback were collected via discussions, video interviews and follow-up meeting sessions.
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Call for applications
May
September
June
5 training sessions
August
5 training sessions + 1st follow-up session
July
October
November
Impact Assessment:
Transcription of feedbacks + reporting
+ 2nd site visits
redaction of a submission to a french professional journal in Education
5 training sessions + 2nd follow-up session
+ 1st Site visits
4 training sessions + Impact assessment: develop feedback from portfolio
+ 2nd site visits
3 training sessions + 3rd follow-up session
+ Exhibition and certificate ceremony
+ Impact Assessment: transcription of feedbacks
+ 2nd site visits
Participants engaged in a thorough reflection on their role as educators and how they can "grow" together with their pupils throughout the latter's learning journey. Interestingly, the participants pointed out how the children 's participation contributed to their motivation. Also, they build self confidence as they develop and improve their teaching practice. During discussions, the educators put emphasis on the importance of giving value to each child and the opportunity to express themselves so as to encourage them to engage actively in their learning. At the same time, the educator needs to adapt his teaching to his pupils' profile and be attentive to their needs. After these reflective sessions, TIPA consultant Emilie Carosin and training coordinator wrote an article which was submitted to "Les Cahiers Pédagogiques" (French magazine for educators) for a publication on "L'accompagnement des élèves".
Improving Facilit'Art Training content and methods
Based on feedback obtained from 2016 participants, this year's training programme included additional Art sessions and sessions on communication with external artists and trainers. Moreover, there 
was more time for groupworks and the training sessions were scheduled for 3 consecutive 
days every 3 weeks so as to allow participants to apply the approach and/or tool 
developed during the training.
“(...) we need to have a critical mind (...) because all the children are different, and we might have great theories but we don’t apply them at all, because we have to teach in our own way (…) develop our own methods… and through all this, we are growing professionally”
Rishi, educator at Rêve et Espoir
OUR IMPACT
"I build self confidence as an educator and I am also very motivated by the children, I am not here only as a teacher who says what must be done, on the contrary, the children themselves give me ideas for other works (…) and when I try them out, I see that it works out indeed, I see the kids are motivated and therefore it motivates me also and I learn at the same time »".
Joanne, educator at Autisme Maurice
“Since we came here (...) we don’t see them (the children) the same way (...) we have a more positive view, we are more encouraging, for ourselves and for them. It is encouraging for us because we want to apply what we have learnt here: artistic activities we did or knowledge we have developed here”
Lorine, educator at Autisme Maurice
Marjorie, educator at Mahébourg Espoir Education Centre
“...I want to bring back this artistic touch that we got at TIPA, because I see this motivates them and they like to work and there will be joy and sharing, there will be understanding”
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PERSPECTIVES
Facilit'Art Training will be offered over 8 months: from March to October 2018 and will be open to NGO educators, teachers and artists working with vulnerable children. The training will offer a tailored approach to educators' needs in terms of development of pedagogical tools and improvement of their teaching practice. Follow-up of participants will be ensured so as to tackle on-field pedagogical issues and find solutions together; these sharing sessions will also aim at building a community of practice

Considering the participants suggestions, the training programme will include an introductory training session for managers at the beginning so as to foster their support and follow-up with their educators.

In terms of impact analysis, indicators will be identified from data collected in 2017 (interviews, group discussions, etc.) to better assess the effects of the training on the participants' teaching practice throughout the training. This will further adjust the training content and monitor participants' progress.
Register for 2018
You work with vulnerable children and wish to develop skills in the elaboration and conduction of artistic activities?  Facilit'Art Training will help you develop pedagogical skills for the teaching of Arts based on interactive pedagogy.  

For more info and registration, write to  [email protected]
Participate via funding
TIPA intends to conduct training sessions with parents reached by different NGOs. We believe that parents' potential needs to be recognized, and that working on a positive relationship between educators and parents can help the latter get involved in their child's education. 

You wish to contribute? 
Contact us on [email protected]
www.tipa.mu
For groupworks as well as individual work, participants found it easier to organize their ideas by creating a poster using colored paper, post-its, drawings, printed illustrations and collage. The visual outcome also helped them to present their work to others. This working method will therefore be used in sessions conducted by TIPA team.

An additional session shall be included to the training programme to help educators understand how to engage their pupils in the learning process. During this session, participants will explore ways of fostering the children's participation in all steps of an activity, that is as from the planning of the activity to its assessment.

The training programme will have to start by early March at latest so as to be able to conduct 2nd site visits over the same year. Also, the coordination of site visits among NGOs will be proposed once more so as to encourage sharing of experience.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
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TIPA team thanks the HSBC for their financial support on this training project, the Facilit'Art participants for their commitment, NGO managers for their support, external trainers and artists for their contribution to the training programme.