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EFA-WITT (Webinar Initiative for Teacher Training) Charter



English for Africa (EFA) is a teacher training company located in Meknes, Morocco. It was founded in 2019 in order to help make quality teacher training in Morocco, Africa, and the wider world. It has run numerous CELTA courses, in addition to helping candidates prepare for DELTA and TKT exams, training IELTS teachers, and providing numerous other opportunities for professional development in the domain of ELT. One of EFA’s primary achievements is to have created a vibrant community of alumni who have gone on to support each other professionally and personally.  


EFA, with the active support and participation of its alumni community, created the Webinar Initiative for Teacher Training (EFA-WITT) as an effort to promote “grass-roots” teacher training in Morocco, across the African continent, and throughout the world, for teachers of English as a foreign language.


EFA-WITT Mission Statement

Teacher training is what teachers do every time they are entering the classroom, by reinforcing good (or bad) techniques, and by experimenting with new (or old) ones. EFA-WITT is a manifestation of the belief that this doesn’t have to be a solitary endeavor, nor does it have to be an expensive and logistically challenging one. By harnessing the ingenuity and desire for self-improvement of our colleagues, we will marry flexibility and affordability to help bring quality teacher training to all.


Core beliefs :

The creation of EFA-WITT is predicated on a constellation of core beliefs: 


  • That professional development (PD) in the realm of ELT needs to be a continuous effort, regardless of the level of achievement of the teacher in question (CELTA/DELTA qualified, PhD holder, etc.); 

  • That PD works best when it is closely related to one’s daily practice as a teacher; 

  • That, consequently, the most effective PD initiatives are those that are chosen, developed, and entered into willingly by the teacher in question; 

  • That the principle of “learning through teaching” is a viable foundation for PD initiatives; 

  • That all teachers have developed some skills and knowledge, or have the potential to develop skills and knowledge, that other teachers would also benefit from; 

  • That allowing teachers to organize and implement their own PD is the cornerstone of empowering teachers to make positive changes in their own practice as teachers; 

  • That empowered teachers make for empowered students and citizens, who form and will form the basis for a better society. 



Participation :

EFA-WITT is open to all teachers, or aspiring teachers, of English as a foreign language. All who so desire can log in to watch our free webinars, and participate in discussions on ELT-related topics using our social media platforms (see below). 


A WhatsApp group and a Slack workspace will allow members to interact with, support, and share resources with each other. 


In an effort to maintain a high standard of quality, at least initially, all webinars will be run by EFA graduates. Gradually, as membership in the EFA-WITT community grows, the opportunity to lead webinars will be opened to non-EFA graduates. 


Rules of Engagement :

Each of our social media platforms will serve a different function, and will require members to abide by specific rules. 


WhatsApp:

Members agree that they will: 


  • Maintain a respectful attitude at all times towards both other members and EFA; 

  • Help promote mutual understanding and avoid pointless or hurtful criticism of others’ ideas; 

  • Keep contributions relevant to the mission of EFA-WITT; 

  • Not use the group to promote any business or commercial activities that are not directly relevant to the mission of EFA-WITT. 

  • Accept immediate removal from the platform should they not obtemper to the rules above. 


Slack:


  • Maintain a respectful attitude at all times towards both other members and EFA; 

  • Help promote mutual understanding and avoid pointless or hurtful criticism of others’ ideas; 

  • Keep contributions relevant to the mission of EFA-WITT; 

  • Ensure that contributions and posts are relevant to the Slack channel in which the post appears; 

  • Not open new Slack channels without express permission from the workspace admin; 

  • Not use the group to promote any business or commercial activities that are not directly relevant to the mission of EFA-WITT. 

  • Accept immediate removal from the platform should they not obtemper to the rules above. 



If you're interested in joining the EFA-TT community? Take the first step by filling out this form here : https://forms.gle/rChmyUWU3FEVJVsy5 or contact us at +212 668-547072 or admin@englishforafrica.net


We're excited to welcome you to our EFA-WITT's journey!

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