From May 18 to 21st, the international workshop of the project "learning initiatives for Rural Education" (LIRE) took place at Lamentin Hotel in Saly/Somone, Mbour, Senegal. The Workshop was organized by the Ministry of Pre-school, elementary, and Middle Schools of Senegal in collaboration with The World bank, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
The LIRE project was financed through the World Bank-administered Bank-Netherlands Partnership Program (BNPP). Since August 2007, the project has been working with teachers, head teachers, inspectors and local education partners and administrative officials on training, materials development, monitoring tools and community advocacy around multi-grade pedagogy. The approach has been collaborative, working with all levels of education stakeholders in Senegal and the Gambia, in partnership with the in-country and US-based LIRE Team.
The objectives of the workshop were to share the pedagogy tools, notably the teacher's guide and the trainer manual, developed by the LIRE project for Senegal and the Gambia and o discuss the multigrade education policies and strategies in participating countries for the workshop.