UNESCO organizes a first training to set Guides and instructional materials for Iraqi teachers
Within its efforts to upgrade the Iraqi educational system, update the current curricula in place, and establish a sustainable curriculum development, UNESCO Office in Iraq organized a three day workshop to build the capacities of Iraqi experts in developing practical guidelines for setting teacher guides for grades 1 to 6.
Held in Amman, Jordan from 27 to 29 October 2013, this workshop gathered 16 experts from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Baghdad to train them on the development of practical guidelines and writing initial drafts for math and sciences' teacher guides and activity books for grades 1 to 6.
After accomplishing the first three stages of the national curriculum development process in Iraq, consisting in setting a national curriculum framework; developing subject matter syllabuses for grades 1 to 12; and developing first grade math and science student books; this workshop is considered to be a major step to complement the third and last stage aiming to develop instructional and support materials.
"These guidelines will help us achieve our goal of having an educational book that meets the best international standards, and that will contribute to develop the Iraqi individual in the future", said Mr. Ghazi Mutlaq, Head of Curricula Directorate in the ministry of Education. Mr. Mutlaq praised the seriousness and positive attitude of the different teams that participated in this workshop, and the constructive approach of UNESCO' experts throughout the different phases of this project.
"As a first initiative of its kind in Iraq, these teacher guides will allow Iraqi teachers to teach students using active learning approaches based on the newly developed curricula in classrooms", stated Dr. Khalil Elian, Project manager at UNESCO Iraq Office. Dr. Elian also emphasized the importance of the teacher guide and support materials for the overall development of the country's educational scheme and learning process.
Funded by the Office of Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser, UNESCO special envoy for basic and higher education, the Curriculum Development project aims to advance modernization and reconciliation in Iraqi society by reformulating the Iraqi school curriculum and textbooks. The Project provides technical assistance to develop skills in the two major areas of curriculum development and curriculum assessment, thereby increasing the value added of the new curriculum in terms of impact on student acquisitions and achievement.
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