TRC News

In this section, you can catch up on what’s happening at TRC, our events, staff news, announcements and more.

You can trace events dating back to 2005 by clicking on “view older entries” at the top and bottom of each page.

Quarterly News Bulletin October – December 2016

During this quarter, TRC successfully completed three training sessions in different parts of the country. The TRC team conducted a 5-day training of trainers at the Government College for Elementary Teachers at Kot Lakhpat in Lahore. The Early Childhood Education (ECE) training was arranged by the Directorate of Staff Development (DSD) and focused on ECE in light of the National Curriculum. On request from the Baluchistan Education Project (BEP) TRC staff conducted another two training of master trainers. One was an 8-day training on the National ECE Curriculum and the other was a 6-day training on education management and leadership skills.

Back in Karachi, the TRC teamed up with Little Art to organise the 6th Karachi International Children’s Film Festival. TRC has been helping organize this festival since its inception and the event has become an annual event on school calendars. The number of children and school staff attending the KICFF continues to grow each year and this year a record-breaking 8000 school children and teachers attended the festival.

TRC’s ECE team was invited to attend the CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, UK) Conference in Dubai. CACHE is endorsing TRC’s Early Childhood Education and Development Programme (English).

The first semester of the ECEDP also came to a close this quarter. Three courses were taught during this period. This is the 11th cohort of the ECE programme, and the teachers who are enrolled in the ECEDP (English) of the programme will become the first ones to receive the CACHE Certificate.

TRC also revived the ECEDP (Urdu) this year. Not only was the Urdu programme offered again after a 5 year gap, but the 17 teachers enrolled in the programme were also given scholarships that were supported by the corporate sector.

TRC continued with its workshop programme this quarter and 9 multi-school workshops and 2 talk sessions were held between October and December 2016. A school evaluation was also conducted during this time period. Throughout the quarter TRC was invited to attend various school events, seminars and conferences. TRC staff represented the organization at the AKU-EB Principals’ Conference and at the ‘The Liberal Arts Confront Globalization’ lecture. Our staff was invited to judge school competitions, concerts and debates. TRC staff also gave a presentation on the organisation at a consultative policy session on ‘Early Childhood Development in Sindh: Opportunities and Challenges’ organized by ECDN-P.

This has been a busy and promising quarter for TRC with significant progress in our outreach activities and internal organisational development.

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TRC Website Opinion Poll February 2017

Dear Readers,

Please check out our new Opinion Poll on whether schools should punish students, and cast your vote by the end of February 2017. As you know …

your opinion counts

Our December 2016 poll was about whether junk food should be allowed to serve in the school canteen:

Schools canteens should not serve junk food. It is ironic that schools teach junk food is bad, but continue to serve it in canteens.

• I agree. Children are usually not fully aware of how harmful junk food is. Most children do not think of health and will buy junk food from the canteen when hungry. (72%, 42 Votes)

• I disagree. Children should be allowed to eat whatever they enjoy. If the school canteen does not serve junk food, children will bring it from home. (28%, 16 Votes)

Result:
The overwhelming majority of respondents (72%) believe schools should not serve junk food as most children are not likely to think of health and will eat the junk food that is available in the canteen when hungry. A little over a quarter of the respondents (28%) believe children will eat junk regardless of whether it is served at the school canteen or not.

TRC Website Opinion Poll December 2016

Dear Readers,

Please check out our new Opinion Poll on serving junk food in the school canteen, and cast your vote by the end of December 2016. As you know …

your opinion counts

Our November 2016 poll was about whether children should be allowed to choose where to sit in the classroom::

Students should have say in where they want to sit in the classroom, as this helps them develop a sense of responsibility and trains them to take decisions.

• I agree. Children should take decisions by themselves. When we allow children to decide where to sit, it improves their decision-making skills and helps develop confidence. (87%, 41 Votes)

• I disagree. If children decide where to sit, they will end up sitting next to friends, start chatting and get distracted. Students cannot take such decisions. (13%, 6 Votes)

Result:
The overwhelming majority of respondents (87%) felt that letting children take decisions such as where to sit in the classroom, improves decision-making skills and helps build their confidence. The remaining 13% of respondents believe that students should not be taking decisions, such as where to sit in the classroom, because doing so will mean that they sit next to friends and get distracted during class.

Quarterly News Bulletin July – September 2016

Many new initiatives began during the quarter including partnerships with Indus Resource Center, BRAC and Azat Foundation. TRC continues to strengthen it’s ties with the Government of Punjab to further the ECE training agenda and is all set to undertake teachers and school heads’ training in Baluchistan under the Global Partnership for Education project in collaboration with the Balochistan Government.

TRC is proud to welcome government teachers in the ECE professional development programme. This was made possible through generous financial support by the corporate organisations and individuals. For the first time in five years, the programme will run both in English and Urdu with 34 teachers enrolled. We are all set to get our first international accreditation by CACHE, a UK based accreditation body. The international endorsement will enable the teachers to benefit if they chose to work outside Pakistan.

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TRC Website Opinion Poll November 2016

Dear Readers,

Please check out our new Opinion Poll on whether children should be allowed to choose where to sit in the classroom, and cast your vote by the end of November 2016. As you know …

your opinion counts

Our October 2016 poll was on whether handwriting should be graded:

Handwriting should not be graded because in an age when students are using computers and tablets, it has become irrelevant.

• I agree. Students should be graded on their capability, not on handwriting. Handwriting is a small part of education. Capability and hard work are more important qualities. (75%, 44 Votes)

• I disagree. Handwriting is an important tool for class work and homework and should be graded. It is also linked to reading and spelling in the early years. (25%, 15 Votes)

Result:
The majority of the respondents felt that handwriting has become irrelevant because students are using computers and tablets to communicate. Three-quarters of the respondents felt that students should be graded on their capability and the work that they put in, rather than on their handwriting. Only a quarter of the respondents believed that handwriting should be graded.

TRC Website Opinion Poll October 2016

Dear Readers,

Please check out our new Opinion Poll on whether handwriting should be graded, and cast your vote by the end of October 2016. As you know …

your opinion counts

Our September 2016 poll was on the relevance of the traditional grading system:

The traditional grading system is a good one because it is universally understood and allows for direct comparison in a classroom.

• I agree. Traditional grading is easily understood by teachers, parents and students. Everyone knows that an A is better than an F. (18%, 8 Votes)

• I disagree. Traditional grading is vague and does not show what a student is learning. It does not explain how someone ended up with a particular grade. (82%, 37 Votes)

Result:  An overwhelming majority (82%) of the respondents don’t think that the traditional grading system is a good one. They believe that it is vague and not a reliable indicator of what the student is learning. A small minority (18%) feel that the traditional grading system is adequate because is it universally understood by teachers, parents and students.

TRC Website Opinion Poll September 2016

Dear Readers,

Please check out our new Opinion Poll on the relevance of the traditional grading system, and cast your vote by the end of September 2016. As you know …

your opinion counts

Our August 2016 poll was about whether schools should be open all year round with multiple short breaks:

Schools should be open all year round with multiple short breaks, as that helps students stay focused on education.

• I agree. Long summer breaks interrupt the school year and cause students to forget what they have learnt. Students need to attend school all year round. (85%, 44 Votes)

• I disagree. Everyone, including students needs a long break to rest. Learning also takes place outside of the school environment. (15%, 8 Votes)

The overwhelming majority of the voters believe that schools should stay open all year round. A large majority of the respondents (85%) believe that keeping schools open all year round helps students stay focused on education and reduces loss of learning. Only 15% of the respondents felt that students need long breaks from school and voted for extended interruptions in the school year.

TRC Website Opinion Poll August 2016

Dear Readers,

Please check out our new Opinion Poll on whether schools should be open all year round with multiple short breaks, and cast your vote by the end of August 2016. As you know …

your opinion counts

Our July 2016 poll was about whether university education should be free:

University education should be free because by facilitating higher education, governments invest in a highly educated and skilled workforce which will benefit a country’s economy.

• I agree. A country advances when its best and brightest are provided the opportunity to rise to the top. High fees will prevent talented individuals from gaining higher education and reaching their full potential. (83%, 33 Votes)

• I disagree. The cost of higher education to the state is too high to sustain free university education. The government should focus on funding essential services, and higher education is not such a service. (18%, 7 Votes)

The majority of respondents (83%) to the opinion poll believe that university education should be free. They believe that a country can only advance and prosper when its best talent is allowed to rise to the top unhindered by the burden of high fees for higher education. On the other hand, only 18% of the respondents believe that the government should not fund higher education, because this is not sustainable. These respondents believe that the government should focus on funding essential services instead.

Quarterly News Bulletin April – June 2016

During this quarter, TRC successfully completed two training sessions. The first was with the Directorate of Staff Development (DSD) and their Master Trainers on the National Curriculum for Early Childhood Education (NCECE) and the other was with AZAT Foundation, training primary school teachers in Baluchistan on Experiential Learning and Critical Thinking. Both training sessions were highly interactive and engaged all the participants and trainers.

On the international scene, Senior Manager Noshin Khan represented TRC at conferences and meetings in New York and Costa Rica, advocating and shining a light on the critical role that the organisation is playing in furthering the cause of Early Childhood Development in Pakistan. In her address at both the venues, Noshin apprised the audience of the remarkable work being done at TRC and also talked about our ambitions for Early Childhood Development and trainings in Pakistan.

This quarter also saw the end of ECE-CP’s 2015-2016 academic year as students successfully finished their third and final term as ECE students. These ten months have seen a spectrum of emotions, which happens every year, but also manifests in a unique way every year.

We wish the batch of 2015-2016 all the best in applying what they have learnt at TRC.

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TRC Website Opinion Poll July 2016

Dear Readers,

We are sorry for the delay in posting our new opinion poll, which was held up due to problems with our website which made it difficult to cast votes and also due to the Eid break. Please check out our new Opinion Poll on whether university education should be free, and cast your vote by the end of July 2016. As you know …

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Our April 2016 poll was about communication between parents and teachers:

Parents and teachers should be frequently in touch so that parents have a clearer picture of what is happening in school. This will enable them to better support their children.

• I agree. When children know that parents are in touch with teachers, their performance improves and they tend to be more truthful about school. (76%, 38 Votes)

• I disagree. Frequent communication can make children so accustomed to their lives being steered by their parents and teachers, that they can fall apart when left on their own. (24%, 12 Votes)

The result shows that the overwhelming majority of respondents (76%) believe that when parents and teachers are in touch, children’s performance in school improves. They believe that children are compelled to be more responsible and truthful about school when their parents and teachers communicate. On the other hand only 24% of the respondents believe that frequent communication between parents and teachers is not necessary, because they believe it makes children too accustomed to monitoring and as a result they fall apart if left on their own.