MIE to Enhance Teacher - Librarian Training
The Malawi Institute of Education (MIE) says it is planning to do more teacher-librarian trainings in different districts to reach out to more teachers for better management of libraries in schools across the country.
This follows the presentation of certificates to 46 teachers who completed a training in library management on August 5 at Mvunguti Teacher Development Center (TDC) in Lilongwe which targeted teacher-librarians from the Central Region.
The Director of Education Materials Production and Resource Center at MIE, Peter Ngunga, said that the training will help the librarian to guide learners in making full use of books and knowing how to take care of them.
“These teachers are the custodians of books in schools, so when they are providing the books to learners, they should also teach the learners how to make full use of the books so that they benefit from them,” said Ngunga.
He emphasized that learners should be taught how to make full use of books in the upper class where they read books for learning which is different from the lower level where books are used for learners to know how to read.
Felix Samaria, who is one of the teacher librarians, applauded MIE following a new perception that he now has on what a library is.
“The training is very important to me because before the training I was looking at a library just like a store room but now I have a new perception of it... I have realized that it is another place for learning”
He said the training is important as he will help learners to know how to use the library, hence positive attaining results in their education.
Among others, he said he has learned how to arrange the books in an attractive way so that learners should be curious to go and read in the library.
Samaria expressed advised other teacher-librarians to make full use of the knowledge that they have gained from the training.
MIE has the mandate to ensure that students in Malawi’s schools and teacher training institutions acquire quality education that benefit the aspirations of national development in the country.
In 2013, it joined the African Library Project (ALP), a US nonprofit organization whose aim is to promote literacy and numeracy skills among learners and students through provision of books.
More than 160 libraries across the country have benefited from ALP.
(By Anes Mwale)