a contribution to the development of teachers, UNESCO, on
World Teachers' Day, 5 October 1996, launched the first
Reference Package for Teacher Education - Primary Level.
The English and French versions have been completed and distributed
to Member States, through workshops and other means.
In response to the demand of Member States for UNESCO to assist
the improvement of multi-grade teaching, a training package
is being prepared for primary school teachers.
programme was initiated by UNESCO in partnership with the
Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO and the Royal Ministry
of Education in Norway. The countries that were involved in
this initial programme were Sri Lanka, Lesotho, South Africa,
Niger, Philippines and Tanzania.
concern is for improving teacher's capabilities to teach large
classes. Although efforts are being made to bring the primary
class size down to 40 or less, in reality many primary school
classes are between 60 and 100 pupils. The question has been
: "How can a teacher best manage such classes so that
all children can learn ?" This issue was discussed wih
senior teachers and other educators in Mozambique. After exchanging
experiences in dealing with large classes, they concluded
that a handbook should be prepared for teachers.