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Training Effective Afghan Teachers

by Afghan Institute of Learning
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers
Training Effective Afghan Teachers

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AIL has always emphasized the importance of quality teaching as the underpinning of an effective education system for Afghanistan. In 2019, AIL trained 979 teachers (579 female) in modern teaching methods. Some teachers also participated in workshops on various subjects such as the role of women, leadership, peace and health.

Attending a quality teacher training seminar can be life changing for a teacher, especially for those who have had little formal instruction in how to be a teacher. Here is one story, Ahmad from Balkh Province said, “After I graduated from 12th grade I became a teacher of English for 3 years at a private course.  A friend told me of job opportunities at governmental schools. I passed the required exams and so got a job at the high school. A while ago the supervisor from the department told me to write a yearly and monthly plan. I did not have experience of this and was angry. Then the school principal told me the Directorate of Education planned to hold methodology seminars in cooperation with AIL. I learned a great deal during the 10 day seminar such as leadership, controlling the class, planning and hourly targets. It has made a great difference in my teaching life.”

Thank you for your interest in improving teaching standards in Afghanistan. 

SDG Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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AIL works to help teachers by providing teaching technique seminars. AIL writes its own teacher training manuals. It publishes an educational magazine that includes material useful to teachers. In addition, AIL publishes books most recently these included:

Mobile Literacy Messages: a book supporting the literacy class that uses texting to teach the alphabet and up to grade 4 literacy in 4 months. Mobile literacy classes take place at Herat centers and are for illiterate women. Teachers use this book to provide students with messages and questions they need to understand and answer.

Leadership Skills: supporting leadership development at centers, in workshops and the youth 2 year leadership course at the private Yacoobi High School. Women at the centers want to know how to advocate for themselves, speak in public and engage more fully in their communities. Students want to develop these skills and be guided by their teachers.

Teacher Training: helping teachers improve their teaching skills at workshops and in staff meetings at centers. Some teachers who study with AIL go on to become teachers at AIL Learning Centers.

Healthcare Messages for AIL clinics, mobile literacy classes and the ZMQ mobile app pregnancy monitoring program which AIL was a part of.

Peace Education: the most recent book published. Peace education is promoted at centers, preschools and in workshops. All teachers at AIL centers are trained in peace education. 

Thank you for your interest in improving teaching standards in Afghanistan.

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AIL is in the middle of a 5 year program providing teacher training for the government. So far this year, 148 people have had teacher methodology training in seminars in Herat and 429 in Kabul, this includes 287 women. Another 19 teachers have attended workshops and 188 mini workshops. Seminars are 10 days long, workshops a few days and minis are a few hours long.

Here is a story: “I am Morsal, a teacher at a high school in Panjshir Province. I enjoyed the Methodology Seminar which was held by AIL at the Teacher Training Institute. I learned a lot about new teaching methods and how to understand students so I can help them.  I learned about setting teaching objectives, making lesson plans, kinds of teaching methods and materials.  I hope by using from this information in my classroom to be able to bring about great changes in my students’ lives. “ 

Thank you for your interest in improving teaching standards in Afghanistan.

 

SDG Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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The Kabul office has been very busy. In May, they organized two Methodology Seminars for 80 teachers and two Reproductive Health Workshops for 79 women. All workshops were held in Panjshir Province.

The teacher training seminars were 10 days long. The teachers were mostly new hires who had never attended a teacher training event and were from secondary and high schools. Topics included: lesson plans, teaching methods, exams, grading, psychology, practicalities. The teachers used modern methods in the seminar such as group work, question and answer, games, role playing and research tasks. The teachers started out not even knowing how to make a lesson plan or set teaching objectives.

“I am Noorullah, teacher in a primary school. I graduated from the Teacher Training Institute and have taught Dari for two years.  I always wanted to be a teacher, but standing in front of the class for the first time I realized it is a hard job. I had many discipline problems in my classes. The classes were noisy and my colleagues insulted me. I started to hate the job and thought of leaving. The school principal suggested the seminar run by AIL. I learned a lot such as, how to keep control, relationships with the students and modern methods. Now I don’t need to leave the job and I can be a successful teacher.”

Thank you for your interest.

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Recently, the Professor Sakena Yacoobi High School, Herat won an International School Award from the British Council. The awards go to schools that demonstrate a commitment to developing global citizens by embedding internationalism throughout the ethos and curriculum of the school. The Director of the British Council, Afghanistan said: “This globally recognized accreditation helps enrich learning & improve teaching by guiding international learning activities, from introducing international education into the curriculum to embedding it within school culture.”

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Quality teacher training has been at the heart of AIL’s education program since the beginning. In 2018, 766 teachers (436 female) received training. AIL provides  high quality teacher training education in modern, interactive, student centered teaching methodologies. In the past year, 396 teachers benefited from this teaching training. Other teachers attended various workshops and conferences and learned about a variety of subjects including, leadership, good governance, good citizenship, reproductive health and violence against women. They share this information with their students enriching their understanding and capacity. 

"My name is Moshtari. I graduated from the English Department of the Education University. I used to teach English to the female classes in the high school. Last year, the principal of my school asked me to teach grade one of the male primary level. I had no idea of how difficult it would be. I applied the methods I used in the high school but I did not achieve the desired results as I could not control the class well. They did not concentrate on the lesson and were noisy.  I started to hate my class because I felt that the students did not like me that is why they did not learn my lessons.

Fortunately, I got the chance to participate this seminar. First I thought that this seminar would be the same of other seminars but found out I was wrong. The facilitator explained psychology and how this topic related to our class situation.Each each age group of students has its own characteristics and features and their own needs. We should teach according to the age group to help them improve. The facilitator mentioned psychological books for the primary level. I downloaded two of them and started to learn about the physical and mental characteristics of my children.

Now I am waiting eagerly to restart my teaching after off days. I feel strongly that I can bring positive changes as I know my students better than before. I am able to make my students interested in class by applying games and group work.”

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Dr. Yacoobi joined with high level national and international delegates in the "Seville Commitment" - Supporting Localization Efforts for #SDGs.  She said, “AIL has provided SDG services to the most marginalized and disadvantaged for 25 yrs. In my talk I emphasized it is essential to work with local governments and provide resources to local NGOs who are doing good work. Replicate excellent SDG focused programs so No One is Left Behind!”

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Afghan Institute of Learning

Location: Dearborn, Michigan - USA
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Sakena Yacoobi
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