Safety Net: Sports Lecturers Receive First Aid Training

Today marks the last of a five-day first aid training for sports lecturers, which took place in Kabul. Thirty people, including 18 women, participated in the training. Participants included lecturers from Teacher Training Centres (TTCs) in seven provinces and ten academic members of the Teacher Education Directorate (TED). The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Basic Education Programme for Afghanistan (BEPA) facilitated this training. Around 8,000 TTC students, including 6,000 women will benefit as a result of the training.

Mr Abdullah Yarzada, a lecturer from Herat’s TTC emphasised, ‘Now we know how we can help others by following very simple steps and using materials that can be found in most homes.’ Another lecturer, Mr Islamuddin Zamirzai, added, ‘This training was unlike any other training. We learned that we can use tools found in our everyday environment to ensure students’ and lecturers’ safety during practical lessons.’

This is the first time such a training has taken place. On TED’s request, lecturers who teach sports classes in the TTCs received the first aid training. The 30 participating lecturers and members of TED will be able to pass on these newly acquired skills to their student teachers at the TTCs. Both the TTC lecturers and the student teachers will be able to respond as necessary should their students injure themselves during sport.

Prevention strategies only help so far in limiting the number and severity of injuries. However, accidents do happen, and the training will prepare the lecturers and student teachers to respond should they need to.

Ms Hajira Adabyar, a lecturer from the Kandahar TTC stated, ‘We were happy to have the opportunity to learn useful skills in first aid and we hope that we can participate in an advanced training in the future.’

The first aid training is part of the sports component of a new diploma for teachers of primary education. This new diploma is currently being finalised in terms of curriculum, syllabus, teaching materials and training for lecturers. The academic members of TED who participated in the training are involved in writing the syllabus and developing teaching materials for the new diploma. After the diploma is established at the TTCs, the members of TED will provide support to lecturers in their lessons.

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 the 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 has 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.