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NAC pilot: Transforming teacher education

Whole groups of Afghan children are systematically excluded from education. One of the keys to changing this lies in how we educate teachers. This NAC innovation project equips teacher educators from around the country with expert knowledge on inclusive education.

Almost half of all school-aged children in Afghanistan are either not enrolled in school or they don‘t attend school every day. Whole groups of Afghan children are systematically excluded from education. Increasing the reach of education and the number of schools and teachers, is not enough; minds, attitudes and methods must be changed. 

Towards a more inclusive education system

The Afghan Ministry for Education has been working to make the education system more inclusive since 2008. In 2014, NAC initiated an innovative project, based on a trilateral cooperation between Afghanistan, Indonesia and Norway. In short: Afghan teacher educators and activists will do a joint masters degree at the Indonesian University of Education and Kabul Education University. Norwegian and international experts will assist the universities develop new curricula and teaching materials.

The programme is sponsored by the Norwegian Government, through the Royal Embassy in Jakarta, and planned and implemented by NAC. 

Reforming teacher education

In 2014, NAC selected 12 candidates for the master‘s degree programme and 7 additional candidates for graduate courses in inclusive education. One key criteria for the selection was that they must be in a position to introduce new and innovative ideas in the institution they represent.

Seven of the candidates are heads or lecturers at teacher training centres in Badakhshan, Balkh, Faryab, Jaghori (Ghazni province) and Kabul. Two are lecturers at the Kabul Education University. Half of the group are women. One of the candidates has a disability herself and is using Braille as a medium for reading and writing, one is a young mother who brought her toddler with her to Indonesia, and one was pregnant, so the programme is not only promoting but also practicing inclusion.

Before leaving for Indonesia, the candidates completed a pre-semester course in Kabul, covering an introduction to inclusive education, rights-based approaches to education, participatory research approaches and English lessons. The first semester started in Bandung, Indonesia in January 2015, followed by a second and third semester in Kabul. For their theses, the candidates will do research in their home provinces. The candidates are scheduled to graduate in 2016.

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