MAZAR-I-SHARIF: Twenty lecturers from ten pilot Teacher Training Centres (TTCs) participated in a six-day workshop in this capital city of northern Balkh province and got familiar with a new teaching manual on human rights and gender.
The German Cooperation with Afghanistan in a statement said TTC master trainers conducted the workshop in Mazar-i-Sharif with support from the Afghan-German Cooperation’s Basic and Secondary Education Programme for Afghanistan (BEPA).
TTCs operate under the umbrella of the Afghan Ministry of Education’s Teacher Education Directorate (TED). More than 7,600 future teachers, including almost 3,000 women, will benefit from improved training, the statement said.
A TTC lecture emphasised: “The six-day human rights and gender workshop was very important as this subject is utterly needed to be taught.”
“It was good that different methods were used throughout the activity. It made the topics more understandable. We acquired new knowledge and learned different teaching methods at the same time.”
Over the last two years, the TED developed the manual with BEPA’s support and input by TTC lecturers.
The manual will be introduced at 10 pilot TTCs located in various Afghan provinces. It shall help TTC lecturers teaching the subject of human rights and gender to future school teachers.
The manual includes lesson plans for different topics, such as discrimination and gender roles as well as efficient teaching methods.
Another attendee commented: “We learned very interesting methods that we can not only use for teaching the subject of human rights and genders but other subjects, too. The teaching workshop was conducted very participatory, which is great.”
The master trainers who conducted the workshop had received training on human rights and gender as well as teaching methodology before the activity.
They followed a participatory approach. Participants had to complete a series of tasks to explore and reflect on their own attitude towards human rights and gender.
The master trainers also encouraged attendees to use new teaching methods in accordance with the manual.