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Teacher Education Program

   
  In July 2003, Sister Georgia Christensen, FSPA, representing Viterbo University, La Crosse, and Mrs. JoAnn Carter-Hauser, representing Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, teamed up to provide a teacher education program to Tertiary Sisters in Cameroon, West Africa.
 
The three-year summer program based on the course of study of the higher education teacher training colleges in Cameroon is offered through Cardinal Stritch University . “This program adds credibility to the Cameroonians, many of who have been teaching for several years without the advantage of a college education,” Sister Georgia noted. According to Cameroon government policy, the majority of the sisters are “too old” to complete their education. 
 
Sister Georgia said that she and Mrs. Carter-Hauser found the Cameroon teachers to be highly motivated. The two U.S. instructors offered 130 hours of curriculum in principles and practices of education, methods of teaching, philosophy of education and a micro-teaching unit.
   
One program participant wrote, “Your knowledge of multiple intelligence imparted onto us has enabled us to know that children have different ways of understanding, and as such we should apply many methods of teaching in class.”
   

Sister Georgia and a representative from Cardinal Stritch will return for the second phase of instruction during the summer of 2004. “The Cameroonians are not the only ones looking forward to this continuing relationship,” said Sister Georgia. “We very much enjoyed the beauty of Cameroon , the slower pace of life and the opportunity to teach and learn from such motivated students.”

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