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.

Early Childhood Education and Development Programme (ECEDP) … Enrol Now

We are pleased to inform you that registration for our ECED Programme for 2019 are now open. We offer limited seats on a first come first serve basis.
Admission will close on Friday, October 19, 2018.
Programme brochure is attached for your perusal.

For more information please contact Teachers’ Resource Centre (TRC) between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the following numbers:

Telephone: (92-21) 3539-2976 | (92-21) 3539-4059

E-mail: info@trconline.org | trcpakistan1986@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TRCPakistan

Download ECED Programme Brochure

Download Student Application Form

TRC Website Opinion Poll July 2018

Dear Readers,

Please check out our new Opinion Poll on whether small or large schools are better, and cast your vote by the end of July 2018. As you know …

your opinion counts

Our June 2018 poll was about whether schools should stay open during summer:

Should schools be open all year round, with no summer break?

Yes. During summer breaks children often forget a lot of what they learnt. Instead schools can give short breaks throughout the year, instead of a long break during summer. (11%, 5 Votes)

No. Summer vacation is necessary, because it allows children to relax after working hard all year round. (89%, 42 Votes)

Result:
Most of the respondents voted to keep the long summer break. The majority of the voters (89%) felt that summer vacations are necessary because they allow children to take a long break from academics. Only 11% of the voters felt that schools should stay open throughout the year, because children forget what they have learnt after a long break.

TRC Website Opinion Poll June 2018

Dear Readers,

Please check out our new Opinion Poll on whether schools should stay open during summer, and cast your vote by the end of June 2018. As you know …

your opinion counts

Our May 2018 poll was about whether television is good or bad for children:

Is watching television bad for children?

Yes. Watching TV is a sedentary activity that eats into children’s leisure time in which they could be active. TV also encourages children to consume junk food leading to health problems. (16%,6 Votes)

No. There is lots of good programming on television that can be educational. Parents can monitor what their children are watching and so TV can also help families spend time together. (84%, 32 Votes)

Result:
Most of the respondents believe that watching TV can be good for children, especially since there is a lot of educational programming that they can learn from. Some 84% of the respondents felt that TV is beneficial for children because it also offers educational programming and allows parents to spend time with children, when they watch TV shows together. 16% of the respondents to the poll feel that TV discourages physical activity and encourages unhealthy eating habits.

TRC Website Opinion Poll May 2018

Dear Readers,

Please check out our new Opinion Poll on whether television is good or bad for children, and cast your vote by the end of May 2018. As you know …

your opinion counts

Our April 2018 poll was about whether Sports Day should be Competitive:

Should a school’s Sports Day be non-competitive?

Yes. Sports Day should be fun. Children remember positive and negative feelings associated with sport, and ‘public failure’ can put them off doing sport. (86%, 42 Votes Votes)

No. Sports Day should be competitive because life is competitive, and children have to learn to lose as well as win. (14%, 7 Votes Votes)

Result:
The respondents voted overwhelmingly in support of making Sports Day non-competitive. Eighty-six percent (86%) of those who responded to the poll felt that children tend to remember the feelings associated with sport, and if they fail ‘publicly’ at Sports Day, it can put them off sport altogether. Only 14% of the respondents felt that Sports Day should be competitive, because it reflects life, where individuals have to get used to both winning and losing.

TRC Website Opinion Poll March 2018

Dear Readers,

Please check out our new Opinion Poll on school’s Sports Day be non-competitive, and cast your vote by the end of March 2018. As you know …

your opinion counts

Our December 2017 poll was about whether timed testing is useful::

Is timed testing useful?

Yes. Timed tests teach students to manage time, because there are real deadlines in life and real consequences if you miss them. (85%, 63 Votes Votes)

No. Timed testing can cause anxiety and tension in some children, which interferes with learning and remembering facts and skills. (15%, 11 Votes Votes)

Result:
A large majority of the respondents (85%) felt that timed testing is a useful tool because it teaches students’ valuable life skills such as working towards a deadline and understanding that there are consequences for not doing so. Some 15% of the respondents felt that timed tests are not useful, because they can trigger anxiety and make it difficult for students to remember facts and skills.

Quarterly News Bulletin July – September 2017

The period between July and September 2017 was a productive one for TRC. We were actively involved in training sessions for the Badal Do! Project, which engaged schools and teachers, equipping them with tools of inclusive learning. These were large scale trainings and our core team of trainers took on the challenge with great success. Our Early Childhood Education and Development Programme (ECED) is currently being revamped and the content is being updated to keep it abreast of global changes in ECED. The updated programme will be launched in January 2018. Meanwhile, TRC’s workshop programme continued to offer a wide range of sessions on topics as diverse as school management and improving reading skills in the primary classroom to teachers.

Our team was also busy following up on ‘The Thinking Classroom’ Project. Two teams visited master trainers in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Baluchistan. As part of the follow-up, the teams interviewed the master trainers/teachers who had been trained during ‘The Thinking Classroom’ project to evaluate their understanding and use of the training content and the resources developed under the project. It was heartening to see some of the master trainers actively using what they had learned under the project to create vibrant learning spaces in their schools. Such examples serve to restore our faith in the work that we are doing. Both teams also had meetings with education managers at provincial and district levels in AJK and Baluchistan.

TRC’s training team also trained 55 teachers on ECED for the British Asia Trust (BAT) under the ‘Strengthening ECE Provisions through Peer to Peer Learning in Government Schools’. This hands-on training was conducted at the TRC premises and the participating teachers were given a resource kit especially developed for the project. The kit included a teachers’ guidebook, a young facilitators’ activity book, and two compilations of stories and poems for young learners that were developed in-house by TRC.

Throughout the reporting period, TRC’s team continued to work hard, reaching out to teachers and educators in the public and private sector and working towards our goal of enhancing the quality of education through teachers’ professional development.

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TRC Website Opinion Poll December 2017

Dear Readers,

Please check out our new Opinion Poll on whether timed testing useful, and cast your vote by the end of December 2017. As you know …

your opinion counts

Our November 2017 poll was about whether young children should be taught in their mother tongue:

Should young children be taught in their mother tongue?

Yes. This can help preserve local languages and enables children to easily grasp concepts in the vocabulary they are used to. (86%, 37 Votes)

No. A student taught in the mother tongue will probably have a difficult time in high school or college when required to learn engineering or medical concepts in English. (14%, 6 Votes)

Result:
The majority (86%) of the respondents feel that young children should be taught in their mother tongue. They feel that when the mother tongue is the main teaching medium, young children are better able to understand the concepts that they are being taught. The respondents also felt that teaching in the mother tongue was important to preserve local languages. Only 14% of the respondents felt that students should not be taught in their mother tongue, because it will affect their ability to learn concepts (which are usually taught in English) at the higher education level.

TRC Website Opinion Poll November 2017

Dear Readers,

Please check out our new Opinion Poll on whether young children should be taught in their mother tongue, and cast your vote by the end of November 2017. As you know …

your opinion counts

Our October 2017 poll was about whether students should be punished or not:

Should students be punished?

Yes. When you don’t punish students you erode discipline and encourage unruly behavior. With certain disciplinary issues, punishment is the only thing that works. (12%, 5 Votes)

No. Positive guidance works better than punishment when it comes to teaching students right from wrong. (88%, 36 Votes)

Result:
The result of this opinion poll was in favour of not punishing students. The overwhelming majority (88%) of respondents believe that students should not be punished because guiding them positively is a better option for disciplinary purposes. On the other hand a small minority (5%) felt that punishment was necessary because if teachers don’t punish children it erodes discipline and encourages them to misbehave. 

TRC Website Opinion Poll October 2017

Dear Readers,

Please check out our new Opinion Poll on whether students should be punished or not, and cast your vote by the end of October 2017. As you know …

your opinion counts

Our September 2017 poll was about whether students should get homework during the holidays:

Should schools give homework during vacations?

Yes. To be promoted to the next grade students need to recall what they have been taught the previous year. Vacation homework is a refresher which prevents teachers from re-teaching basic skills. (26% 11 Votes)

No. The whole point of vacation is to relax and de-stress. Also, if students are going away for vacation, expecting them to carry their books with them is unreasonable. (74% 32 Votes)

Result:
The majority (74%) of respondents of this Opinion Poll believe that schools should not give homework during vacations. This is because they believe vacation is a time to relax and take a break from academics. A little over a quarter (26%) of the respondents believe that children should be given homework during vacations because it acts as a refresher and teachers don’t have to re-teach content in the new academic year.

TRC Website Opinion Poll September 2017

Dear Readers,

Please check out our new Opinion Poll on whether students should get homework during the holidays, and cast your vote by the end of September 2017. As you know …

your opinion counts

Our August 2017 poll was about politics and current events should be a part of a school’s curriculum:

Politics and current events should be a part of a school’s curriculum, because students should be aware of important political issues that shape society and impact their lives.

• I agree. Teaching children about political systems and current affairs is necessary for a strong democracy, which requires that people are interested and engaged in politics. (80%, 36 Votes)

• I disagree. Discussing politics can cause arguments and fighting between students. Also, schools should keep a neutral stance and that is difficult when politics is being discussed. (20%, 9 Votes)

Result:
A large majority of the respondents (80%) feel that teaching children about politics is necessary because it keeps people engaged in politics. They also feel that students should be aware of the political issues that impact their lives. Twenty-percent (20%) of the respondents feel that politics should be kept out of the classroom because it can cause disagreements between student. These respondents also feel that schools should adopt a neutral stance when it comes to politics.