Learner-Centred Methodology Workshop in Balkh – Improved Lessons for 15,600 Student Teachers

Over the last 20 days, Balkh Province’s Teacher Education Directorate (TED) conducted a learner-centred methodology workshop in Mazar-e Sharif on subject-specific methodology for Mathematics and English. In total, 75 lecturers of Teacher Training Centres (TTCs) from the provinces of Balkh, Badakhshan, Herat, Samangan, Nangarhar, Kandahar and Bamyan participated. They will pass on their newly acquired knowledge and skills to future teachers, resulting in improved lessons for more than 15,600 student teachers, almost 10,000 women and 5,700 men. The Afghan-German Cooperation and the Swiss government supported the activity financially.

A TTC lecturer from Feyzabad emphasised, ‘I have never developed a plan for my lessons during my 15 years of teaching. All my lessons were teacher-centred and based on lectures. The learner-centred methodology workshop changed my mentality and motivated me to develop lesson plans for my classes from now on; and to use strategies that enable my students to learn sustainably.’

School lessons in Afghanistan are often based on outdated and ineffective teacher-centred approaches. Involving students actively in participative lessons shall increase efficiency and lead to better learning outcomes. In future, teachers in training will not only receive a better education at TTCs, but they will also be able to replicate the model of learner-centred methodology in their own classrooms. School children will therefore benefit from quality education and thus, better prospects for their future.

Another participant, a TTC lecturer from Bamyan, commented, ‘I feel good about the learner-centred methodology. This workshop has increased my interest in teaching. From now on, I will actively use these new teaching methods in my classrooms.’                                                                                                                      

The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Basic Education Programme for Afghanistan (BEPA) facilitated this initiative in order to promote quality education for all school children in Afghanistan in the future.  A similar learner-centred methodology workshop on the subjects Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Dari already took place in January 2019. 120 lecturers from the same provinces participated.

The Basic and Secondary Education Programme (BEPA) is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). BEPA aims at improving teaching quality of basic and secondary education in Afghanistan by assisting the Afghan Ministry of Education (MoE) with teacher training and curriculum development. Since 2008, BEPA provided training for more than 22,000 teachers and lecturers. Further, 23 Teacher Training Centres (TTCs) have introduced mandatory internships for ongoing teachers. As a result, about 15,800 TTC students and 88,300 school students in Northern Afghanistan are currently benefiting from improved education. They now have access to specialised, age-appropriate and student-centred schooling.