ISLAMABAD: One month long engagement with teachers under Cycle II of “Teachers Without Frontiers-TWF” is in progress and will last for a month.
The program aims to groom teachers/TWF fellows for their life changing journey as blended learners. It is initiated by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) under the Dubai Cares Program in Pakistan, lasts for a month starting from 01 August to 02 September 2015 in three cohorts of Pakistan: Sukkur, Karachi and Swat, inviting teachers from Lasbella, Korangi, Khairpur, Sukkur, Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpur, Lahore and Kasur to seek new ways of doing the business of education and learning in Pakistan, School of Leadership.
Teachers Development Centre (TDC), The School of Writing (TSW), Notre Dam Institute of Education (NDIE) and 3i Logic are collaborating TWF in this program.
According to a press release issued here on Monday, 25-40 teachers are part of each cohort, a series of dialogues are being held in each location about the nuts and bolts of what lies behind this initiative, its possibilities and new metaphors of learning that are critically needed at this time.
The sessions are facilitated by Mohsin Tejani, Dr. Afshan Huma, Huma Thaver, Abbas Hussain, who have joined this journey as a collective “qabeela” in the business of teacher education for improved learning.
On Monday, the training venue of Teachers Without Frontiers at Karachi is buzzing with the voices of 25 TWF fellows, of whom 12 are from Lasbela and 13 from Karachi. Teachers are embracing innovations and technology as they are taught to browse through playstore to install various applications providing them digital access to deeper learning communities of practice; ted talks, etc.
“It’s a real time comprehensive learning where at each step we are challenging the obsolete system of teaching and learning and embracing new ways of knowledge acquisition and production which till now was only in our imagination said a teacher from a public sector school.
All trainees were awarded with a tablet device to make their access to internet easy, to enhance their cultural, professional exchanges with wider community of teachers. “We are thrilled to see teachers navigate new pedagogies assisted by a range of technologies that connect learners to their learning dynamically”, says Director Programs of ITA, Baela Raza Jamil, “these teachers are on their way to becoming TWF Fellows as responsible generous citizens – becoming shareholders in a nationwide social movement for learning without frontiers as teachers without frontiers”. The learning camp in Karachi will continue until August 15.