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The Impact of the Fun Learning Educator Online Program on Teachers at Masaisai School, Zimbabwe


Enjoying a break in the herbal garden of the school.

In the evolving landscape of education, online training has become a crucial tool for professional development, with success depending on careful design and implementation. A group of dedicated teachers from Masaisai Kindergarten and Primary School in Zimbabwe recently shared their collective experiences with the Fun Learning Educator online program from our partner, Fun Academy, facilitated through our Campus platform. Their reflections highlight the numerous benefits and transformative potential of online training for educators.


The teachers at Masaisai School found the flexibility and convenience of online training to be among its most significant advantages. They noted that “online training provided opportunities and expanded our knowledge and skills in specific areas, such as incorporating technology into the classroom or implementing new teaching methodologies.” This flexibility allowed them to access a wealth of resources and connect with peers and mentors from around the world, all from the comfort of their own environment and continuing to work with their students.


The online training format enabled these educators to balance their professional development with their busy schedules. They could access training materials and resources globally, fitting learning into their day-to-day routines. This accessibility is particularly beneficial for teachers who often juggle multiple responsibilities. According to the group, “the flexibility it provides is one of the most significant advantages.” This approach not only saves time but also enhances the learning experience by allowing educators to learn at their own pace.


Another critical benefit highlighted by the Masaisai teachers was the ability to access a broader range of resources and courses than those typically available in a physical location. This expanded access leads to increased professional development opportunities and improved teaching skills. By participating in the Fun Learning Educator program, the teachers could explore diverse topics and methodologies, broadening their educational perspectives.“Online training allowed us to access resources and courses from across the globe, which might not be available locally,” the group explained.


Group reflections onsite.

For the organization, offering online training programs translated into significant cost savings. The Masaisai teachers noted that the online format eliminated expenses associated with travel and accommodations for in-person training sessions. Moreover, it allowed the organization to train larger numbers of employees simultaneously, increasing efficiency and reducing the logistical challenges of coordinating multiple in-person sessions. This efficiency is crucial for maintaining the momentum of continuous professional development.


The collaborative nature of the Fun Learning Educator program was another aspect that resonated with the teachers. Working together in an online environment facilitated the sharing of ideas, skills, and experiences. This teamwork led to more effective collaboration and communication, enhancing the overall learning experience. “When individuals work together as a team, they can share ideas and experiences, leading to better decision-making and problem-solving,” the teachers reflected. The diverse perspectives brought by team members fostered innovative solutions and creative approaches to teaching challenges.


Professional development through the Fun Learning Educator program also kept the teachers at Masaisai School abreast of the latest educational research, trends, and best practices. This ongoing learning is essential for staying current in the field and effectively meeting the evolving needs of their students. “Professional development provides opportunities to learn about the latest educational research and best practices, which is essential for staying current,” the group commented. The program offered valuable insights into new instructional strategies, technology tools, and assessment methods, all of which contribute to a more engaging and effective learning environment.


Effective classroom management emerged as another crucial area where the program made a significant impact. The teachers learned strategies and techniques for managing behaviors, creating engaging groups, and fostering positive relationships. This knowledge is vital for maintaining an orderly and productive classroom. “Effective classroom management is crucial for maintaining an orderly learning environment,” the group stated, highlighting the practical benefits of the program.


Adaptability and responsiveness to ongoing changes in education policies, technologies, and learner demographics are essential qualities for educators. The Fun Learning Educator program equipped the Masaisai teachers with the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate these shifts effectively. This adaptability ensures that they can provide the best possible learning experiences for their students. “With ongoing changes in education, it’s essential to be adaptable and responsive,” the teachers noted, underscoring the program's relevance in today's dynamic educational landscape.


The experiences of the teachers from Masaisai in Zimbabwe offer a compelling testament to the benefits of online training for educators. The Fun Learning Educator program has not only enhanced their professional development but also positively impacted their teaching practices, ultimately leading to improved learner outcomes. As education continues to develop and evolve, online training will undoubtedly play an increasingly vital role in empowering teachers and enriching the learning experiences of students worldwide. Our format fosters widespread sharing and collaboration, transforming the dialogue between teachers from a one-way street of traditional training into a dynamic roundtable of discussions and a hub for innovation.


Thank you so much Mrs Mhembere, Kudakwashe Ngwenya, Phillipa Mundandishe, Caroline Hakurekwi, Clotildah Chivafa, Clarissa Mundira, Annah Mugabe and Hope Bango for participating in the Fun Learning Educator course of Fun Academy - and for sharing these valuable insights about the effectiveness of online professional development that is tightyly connected to the real-life context.


The Benefits in Bullet Points


Flexibility and Convenience

The ability to access training materials and resources from anywhere allowed teachers to fit learning into their busy schedules, enhancing the overall learning experience.


Global Connectivity

The program enabled teachers to connect with peers and mentors worldwide, facilitating the exchange of ideas and best practices.


Broad Range of Resources

Access to a diverse array of courses and resources that might not be available locally, leading to increased professional development opportunities and improved teaching skills.


Cost Savings and Efficiency

Online training eliminated travel and accommodation expenses, allowing the organization to train larger numbers of employees simultaneously, increasing efficiency and reducing logistical challenges.


Collaborative Environment

The program facilitated effective collaboration and communication among teachers, leading to better decision-making, problem-solving, and innovative teaching solutions.


Staying Current with Educational Trends

The program provided opportunities to learn about the latest educational research, trends, and best practices, helping teachers stay current in the field.


Effective Classroom Management

Training included strategies for managing behaviors, creating engaging groups, and fostering positive relationships, which are crucial for maintaining an orderly and productive learning environment.


Adaptability to Changes

The program equipped teachers with the skills and knowledge to navigate changes in education policies, technologies, and learner demographics effectively, ensuring they can provide the best possible learning experiences.




Note: Fun Academy's local partner, Afrisomi Pvt Ltd in Zimbabwe, will soon be ready to collaborate with new partners. We will update their contact information here shortly.

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