Visit to help train teachers in Pakistan

Posted by ap507 at Oct 16, 2015 09:27 AM |
School of Education arranged a visit from Dr Malik Behlol from Fatima Jinnah Women University between 29 September and 10 October 2015

We have just completed the second phase of the Knowledge Exchange project funded by British Council Pakistan with a visit from Dr Malik Behlol from Fatima Jinnah Women University between 29 September and 10 October 2015. The project is being funded to review, revise and develop teacher training materials used to train elementary school teachers in the Rawalpindi and Islamabad region of Pakistan. This visit was an opportunity for a member of the Pakistan team to come and see all aspects of the PostGraduate Certificate in Education programmes running in the School of Education.

During the visit Dr Behlol observed training sessions for students on both Primary and Secondary PGCE programmes, training sessions for school-based mentors as well as interviewing training students, lecturers and mentors. He also spent mornings in two local schools and we wish to thank staff at Sparkenhoe Primary School and Moat Community College for their warm welcome, opening up their classrooms and finding time to talk to Dr Behlol. 

This followed a visit by Professor David Pedder, Dr Saeeda Shah, Dr Alison Fox and Sue Davis (pictured with Dr Behlol outside the School of Education) to Islamabad and Rawalpindi in May 2015 to meet collaborators and stakeholders in the project team as well as observe current teaching on the Methods of Teaching module in the BEd initial teacher education programmes of the three participating Universities and Colleges (Fatimah Jinnah Women University, Government College of Elementary Teachers and International Islamic University Islamabad). 

Our next steps are to reflect on the two visits in both contexts to determine a set of recommendations and plan training to deliver in Pakistan in 2017. This will involve bringing together both University and school-based staff with responsibilities for teacher training. Early findings focus on expanding the assessment methods for evaluating training teachers and building school-University partnerships in Pakistan.

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