Play and Learn: Jesuit schools in Interactive learning

Victor Gweshe 

Interactive Teaching and Learning is a 21stcentury teaching and learning methodology common in primary schools. 

The method, commonly used in primary education, is centred on learning with fun, through Interactive and Playful Teaching. 

The Jesuit Education Office, in the Zimbabwe-Mozambique Province, in partnership with the Swiss Academy for Development (SAD) started the process of implementing this method in 2017 in Jesuit primary schools.

Three primary schools, St Peter’s Mbare, St LazarusMakumbi and St Joseph’s Chishawasha were selected as pilot projects. These schools have successfully implemented the method which has now been rolled out to the remaining Jesuit primary schools. 

Interactive teaching and learning hinges on threepillars: Leadership, Relationship and Creativity. 

A teacher is considered a leader, providing leadership to the learners and if the the two have a good relationship, creativity is likely to be the effect leading to excitement, which can enhance the learner’s capacity. 

In this method, the teacher is a facilitator of knowledge and strives to keep the learners engaged. 

Interactive Learning increases the promotion of peer learning and the participation of everyone with the embracement of learners with different abilities and or intelligences. 

Interactivity changes the focus from teaching to learning (Learner centred).

This year the Jesuit Education Office randomly selected a group of teachers from three different schools who were trained to become trainers of fellow teachers.

This approach was adopted to increase outreach to the teachers and to enhance the quality of teaching, as a way of facilitating  the grasp of knowledge and competencies in Jesuit schools. 

Feedback from the schools has so far has been positive and rewarding. 

 

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