Time: December 5, 2007, 3:38 pm
Here is a Press Release about the two workshops that I led.
SOUTHERN SUDAN EDUCATION OFFICIALS AND EDC TO CONDUCT WORKSHOPS ON NEW EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVES
The Southern Sudan Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Department of Alternative Education Systems, will sponsor two workshops focusing on the use of technology to enhance education in South Sudan during the week of November 26, 2007. The first workshop will take place from November 27-28 in Juba and focus on low-cost technologies to complement the Southern Sudan Interactive Radio Instruction (SSIRI) radio broadcasts of primary school and English programs. The second workshop follows on November 30 – December 1 at the Arapi Teacher Training Institute (TTI), and will provide training on video production to support teacher education. The Education Development Center (EDC) will provide technical support to both workshops.
The first workshop will explore the use of low-cost technologies in education with Ministry officials, partners, and teachers at a launching workshop in the Juba Grand Hotel on November 27-28. These technologies, which include MP3 players with attached speakers plus solar panels or hand-cranked generators for charging batteries, will extend the reach of SSIRI programs to places where radio broadcasts can’t be used. The technologies are designed to be effective, low cost, reliable, and easy to use.
The SSIRI programs (managed by EDC with support from USAID) include daily half-hour broadcasts to primary school grades 1-4 to teach local language literacy, mathematics, English, life skills such as HIV/AIDS, landmine risk awareness, and peace education. SSIRI also produces and broadcasts English language programs for out of school youth and adults. In addition, SSIRI produces and broadcasts programs designed to improve the skills of teachers.
The second workshop will focus on using appropriate technologies to strengthen the skills and qualifications of teachers. During this workshop, the Ministry will launch a new initiative to create videos for teacher education. The workshop will be facilitated by EDC consultant Matthew York, producer of Videomaker magazine in the United States. The participants from Arapi and Maridi TTIs will receive a thorough orientation to the role of video in strengthening teacher education and produce their own video during the workshop. One important use of videos will be to document good teaching practices in schools and to incorporate these videos into the TTI programs.
Department of Alternative Education Systems, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology:
The Department of Alternative Education Systems focuses on developing a range of educational programs to meet the needs of the large numbers out-of-school youth and adults who missed out on education during the civil war. In addition to SSIRI, their programs include the Accelerated Learning Program (ALP), which is a compressed primary school education, Intensive English Language courses, Adult Literacy, and Community Girls’ Schools. AES is taking the lead in a National Literacy Campaign.
Education Development Center: Founded in 1958 by faculty from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, EDC is one of the world’s leading non-profit organizations involved in implementing educational change in the U.S. and throughout the world. EDC works with government organizations, private entities, communities and schools to promote student-centered methods and use appropriate technology to improve learning outcomes. In more than 50 countries, EDC’s diverse and creative staff offers proven educational solutions for today’s most pressing development challenges.
For further information, contact:
Mr. Kuol Atem, Director, Department of Alternative Education Systems, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. firstname.lastname@example.org, +256-477-107065.
Thomas Tilson, Chief of Party, EDC/SSIRI. email@example.com, +254-733-440036