TRC News

On 30 October 2007, 27 officials paid a visit to the TRC premises to be acquainted with and learn more about the work we do. The visiting delegation consisted of men and women from the AJK Education Department, Unicef and the Aga Khan Development Network. Members of AKU-IED facilitated the visit. The visitors were given a short presentation on the philosophy, activities and future goals of TRC by the TRC Team.
The officials from AJK were thoroughly impressed by all that TRC has achieved in the last 21 years. They engaged with the material presented and asked many questions. The presentation ended with a lively group discussion about issues and problems faced by teachers in the public sector and officials in education departments in general. The discussion closed with excitement and eagerness to bring about substantial and sustainable change in education provision in Pakistan.
The group was then shown the library and resource room. They were each given a copy of our latest issue of Ilm O Amal, our bi-annual publication for teachers. The visit ended with a demonstration of ‘Nazmon ki Dilchasp Duniya’ one of our popular learning resources. They were extremely inspired by it and expressed a keen desire to work with us in the future.

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We are acutely aware that the Film Club has been inactive for a couple of months. We were short staffed, moving to our new premises and didn’t have an interim venue where we could host regular film screenings. But now we are back and right on schedule!

The next screening is:

Film: The Pursuit Of Happyness
Date: 27th October 2007
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Venue: TRC
Duration (Film & Discussion): 3 hours.
Fee: Rs. 150
Please phone and make a reservation. Seats are limited and will be available on a “first come, first served” basis.

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Media Literacy Initiative

Work on the Media Literacy Toolkit has finally begun! The TRC team is busy brainstorming strategies for implementation and programme development. We are currently in the research phase, collecting and disseminating information about the core concepts of media literacy and the global media education movement at large.

Since media education is a relatively new phenomenon in the education sector there aren’t any prescribed methods or formats that can be followed for a successful programme, but there are guidelines that can be used.

TRC will soon be approaching schools, teachers, organizations, media analysts and media enthusiasts for the formation of a working group in order to develop a Media Literacy Toolkit. The Toolkit will include activities, lesson plans, workshops and an orientation guide to media literacy.

If you are interested and want to actively be a part of this exciting initiative, please get in touch with us!

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In our role as Technical Assistance partner for the RCC project, now supported, in its third phase, by the Royal Netherlands Embassy (RNE), we were requested by SOCIETY (RCC implementing partner) to train ECE teachers for some additional schools they are working with this year.

The TRC team conducted a six-day, 48-hour workshop titled “Ibteda-e-Bachpan ki Taleem Qaumi Nisab ki Roshani Main” in Mastung, from September 03 – 08, 2007,

A total of 24 public sector teachers attended the workshop. Their knowledge was enhanced about the principles of ECE, Holistic Development, An ECE Learning Environment, Observation and Assessment, and the Learning Content outlined in the National Curriculum for ECE.

A range of methodologies were used to deliver the workshop including brainstorming, group work, role play activities, work stations and interactive group discussions.

The participants were enthusiastic and eager to incorporate knowledge gained from the workshops into their classrooms, and they said they look forward to TRC workshops in the future.

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The TRC Team went to Azad Kashmir at the request of Save the Children UK (SCUK), who are supporting the development of 40 ECE Government Schools in Bagh and Muzaffarabad, in collaboration with the Education Ministry in AJK.

We conducted two concurrent workshops, titled Ibteda-e-Bachpan ki Taleem Qaumi Nisab ki Roshani Main from August 20 – 25 2007. Our 48-hour workshop module walks teachers through the National Curriculum for ECE (NC-ECE). Some of the topics covered in this workshop are holistic child development; setting up a quality, active learning environment for young children; observation and on-going assessment of learning outcomes and of course, the six key learning areas in the NC-ECE: Personal & Social Development, Language & Literacy, Basic Math Concepts, Creative Arts, Health Hygiene & Safety and The World Around Us.

The participants were excited about their new learning and found the workshop content engaging and meaningful. As always, a range of participatory and interactive methods were used to deliver the learning content, including brainstorming, group work, reflection and discussions, role play, work stations and interactive group discussions.

Some primary and some secondary government school teachers had been identified to work with young children in the newly established ECE Centres. A number of them were apprehensive about ECE and were worried that they were being demoted to teaching such young children … our team succeeded in clarifying any misconceptions they may have had about ECE. By the end of the workshop, they were really keen to translate their new learning into action.

SC-UK has discussed follow up workshops and school visits for the participants. So we may be back there in the near future.

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The National Curriculum for ECE 2006-07 is now available on the Ministry of Education, GoP’s website. You can view/download the curriculum here:
http://www.moe.gov.pk/curriculum.htm

Members can have a look at the revised ECE Curriculum in the TRC library and a few copies are available for borrowing.

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A 9-hour workshop entitled “Dars o Tadrees Mein Kahaniyon Ka Kirdar” was conducted in Orangi Town on August 3rd and 4th, 2007 for 8 schools run by DIL.

15 participants attended the workshop and were from DIL’s Kindergarten schools. The key components of the workshop were “How Children Learn”, “The Importance of Stories in the Early Grades”, “Using Low Cost Teaching Aids in Story Telling”.

The participants were vocal and active and found the workshop content meaningful, interesting and useful.

A range of methodologies were used to deliver the learning material, including brainstorming, whole group discussions, group work, story telling with puppets, participatory lectures and role-plays.

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TRC recently conducted a two-day workshop, entitled “Importance of Observation and Assessment in ECE” at the Fatimiyah Education Network’s (FEN) Early Childhood Education Centre. The workshop, held on the 6th and 7th of August 2007, was part of TRC’s ongoing teacher training and development programme for FEN. 26 pre-primary teachers from FEN’s Britto Road and Kharadar Early Years Centres attended the workshop.

The engaging workshop content and design empowered participants to explore their roles and responsibilities in the process of observation. The participants actively participated in discussions and activities and gained hands-on experience of putting observational theory into practice.

The workshop was interactive and the participants were enthusiastic and eager to learn. It is this kind of synergy between workshop leaders and participants that results in true learning.

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The National Curriculum for Early Childhood Education (2007) has been printed by the Curriculum Wing, Ministry of Education, GoP. TRC has just received a couple of copies … it’s absolutely wonderful to finally see the revised curriculum in print. The Ministry will soon begin planning an ECE implementation strategy, throughout Pakistan … TRC is being kept in the loop.

We have been told that all the new curricula (from ECE – Grade 12) will be made available on the Ministry’s website. We are not sure when this will happen; we will inform our readers as soon as we know. TRC members in Karachi, can have a look at the new curriculum in our library, in August.

Next week we will introduce the new curriculum to our ECE-CP students, as part of the Play Experiences course.

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