South West Education Division inspector and adviser Christopher Ziba says use of local teaching and learning materials is important for both teachers and learners because it simplifies teaching and learning.
Ziba was speaking on Thursday during Blantyre Teacher Training College (TTC) open day held under the theme Towards Achieving Excellence in Teaching Education.
The event was held at Blantyre TTC campus where Ziba was briefed on the importance of using local materials for teaching and learning.
“Teaching and learning using locally made materials helps both teachers and learners to understand the concepts easily. This is helpful for schools that do not have enough teaching materials and books,” said Ziba.
During the open day, trainee teachers displayed some locally-made learning materials which, they said, are also useful for people with disabilities.
A visually impaired trainee teacher, Carolyn Kamulaga, said such materials have proved useful in her studies.
“This concept is good for inclusive education. It makes the work of special needs teachers easier, and also makes learning enjoyable for pupils,” said Kamulaga.
The trainee teachers displayed various ways to help pupils easily understand their lessons using locally-made teaching materials. n