For a start, only 25 applicants will be selected to undergo the training and will be given certificates at the end of it. Fr. Selvam told ACI Africa that he will take the lead in the training that will also bring on board instructors from other universities.
He says that the planned training differs from what the Kenyan government is doing to increase literacy on the Competency-based Curriculum (CBC), a new curriculum that is taking root in the East African country.
“I have had various engagements with the CBC, and I understand that in the training for the new curriculum, teachers are told how the system works and the expected outcomes. Our training is more hands-on for educators who will be trained on how they can push their learners towards self-learning,” the Professor in Psychology explained.
The DBYES training is one of its kind, Fr. Selvam says, noting that the online available program is offered in universities. In South Africa, for instance, universities offer degrees for university lectures on teaching and learning.
The training, the Salesian Cleric explained, is ideal for teachers, lecturers, professors, seminary lecturers and any other parties related to teachers, including head teachers and policy makers.
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In Seminaries, he said, Philosophy and Theology teachers are “the least prepared in terms of contemporary teaching.”
“Some of our Seminaries produce Priests who are completely out of place in the contemporary world,” he told ACI Africa, underscoring the need for lecturers in Seminaries to undergo reskilling.
“They (lecturers in Seminaries) go to Rome to get a degree in Theology and come here to teach without any skills in passing knowledge. Instead of teaching, they just stand in front of the class and read notes to students,” the SDB don said.
He noted that during COVID-19, some Priests have been forwarding information that is not scientifically true, underscoring the need for teaching during formation to impart Seminarians with information literacy skills to help them judge the authenticity of information.