Ongoing union training for quality distance education

The Kurdistan Teachers' Union (KTU) has continued its program, which aims to equip educators with the skills necessary to apply new teaching methods related to new technologies, as well as distance learning and learning.

In January, the KTU organized two training courses as part of this program, which was organized in cooperation with Education International.

From January 1st to 3rd, 27 teachers from KTU Sulaymaniyah took part in the training. From January 8th to 10th, another 22 teachers were trained from the KTU branch near Mosul.

Qualification

"After the coronavirus pandemic, which led to the complete closure of educational centers, we are faced with many problems, so that we largely had to use e-learning," said KTU President Abdalwahed M. Haje. “For this reason, the focus of these two sessions was to ensure that the participating teachers acquire sufficient skills and experience to use electronic devices and appropriate new teaching methods. so that they can provide students with the information they need for their education and have a meaningful dialogue with them, receive their questions and be able to answer them via distance learning and learning. "

Extensive discussions about the importance of e-learning took place during the meetings. Participants felt that more training with longer training times is needed in order for educators to have adequate and useful experience, as distance learning is a new challenge for the majority of Kurdish teachers.

Parallel opportunity

They also stressed that distance learning and distance learning should not be a substitute for classroom presentation training, but should be a parallel opportunity when clearly needed, particularly as:

  • Most teachers, students and parents have little experience in this field
  • The majority of families are not doing well – the poverty rate in Iraq is around 22 percent
  • Internet connections are unstable across the country and not available in villages and in the countryside
  • The electrical energy is intermittent and only available for a few hours a day

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