We at the Haji Amina Trust look to recruit young, sincere and hard-working personnel, who share our ideology of teaching and imparting education – not for any other end than the benefit of students.
We prefer hiring permanent teachers from a localised area, more or less. This is simply because the difficult terrain, local culture and language are serious practical points that cannot be ignored. Newcomers to the area will find it nigh impossible to work in conditions they are so unfamiliar with, not to mention the physical difficulty of living in our mountain villages.
I look after the recruitment and training of teachers of the HPS chain. Over the intervening winter between 2009 and 2010, I organised a rigorous training programme for old and new teachers of HPS in Jammu. The recruits were shortlisted after several rounds of interviews and meetings. They were called to Jammu, provided accommodation, a training stipend and all the tools needed to prepare them for their new careers.
The Winter Training comprised of:
-Daily School Routine Drills (Assembly, Dispersal, Classes, Breaks, Hygiene Checks etc)
-Personality Development & Confidence Building
-Primary Teaching Skills
-Pronunciation and English Conversation Classes
-Professional English Speaking Course
-Song and Nursery Rhyme Drills
-Chart Preparation and Craft Training
-Teachers Training at two established schools in Jammu (Mayur Public School, Jhidi & Alexader Memorial School, Residency Road, Jammu)
While we had only two teachers in 2009, this year the HPS chain has 8 teaching staff on its rolls and we are continually looking for and training new teachers.
The new batch of teachers has been assigned to various branches and the 2010 academic session kicked off on Feb 15, 2010 in all three villages, with the teachers taking on administrative and teaching roles as trained.