The Teacher Foundation organized graduation ceremony for the participants of Merugu and HeadLAMP on 16 Sept, 2011 at the Deshpande Foundation Auditorium, at Hubli. Merugu- a sustained teacher development programme and HeadLAMP- Heads Leadership & Management Programme were conducted in the region with support of Deshpande Foundation during 2010-11. The first batch of 153 teachers and 44 heads from Government primary schools graduated.
The event commenced with the prayer by Smt. S. M. Arkasali, teacher,HPS Gokul. Sharing her experiences from the workshops, Smt.Vijayalakshmi, Teacher, HPS, Mantur recited a poem written by her which described TTF's programme and indicated that Merugu was a sea of highly meaningful and new teaching-learning experiences. Shri H.L.Tuppad, teacher,HPS-1, Ghantikeri said, ''All Merugu trained teachers must become mentors for the fellow teachers to bring in quality in the teaching-learning process.''
Shri B.S.Mayachar, BEO-Hubli Rural opined that professional trainings are must for teachers as they help them maintain quality in teaching process. Shri V.F.Chulaki,Teachers' Union President recalled teachers saying, “....as the Merugu commenced, our teachers were not willing to attend the training,but gradually after attending a few workshops, same teachers expressed that Merugu polishes their innate potentials with its innovative ideas.”
Shri Prakash Kamath, Program Officer, Deshpande Foundation, in his presidential address congratulated the participants for receiving certificates and underlined that, “ Workshop learnings must reflect in students' learning and their performance.” Prakash Nedungadi, Director-Development,TTF addressed the gathering and stressed the need for continuous professional development for teachers and heads to uplift the quality of education.
Posted by Guruswamy, Coordinator – Teacher Training & Support, TTF Bangalore Centre