Karachi (Muhammad Yasir)
In a major boost to the quality of education in government schools in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), the Chief Secretary’s Office has launched a capacity building programme for 300 government science teachers. The programme is funded by the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Islamabad (FBISE) and is being facilitated by the Aga Khan University-Institute for Educational Development’s Professional Development Centre North (AKU-IED PDCN) headed by Dr Mola Dad Shafa.
The programme aims to improve the content knowledge and pedagogical skills of science teachers, which will ultimately lead to improved student learning outcomes. The training will cover a range of topics, including: the latest science curriculum, effective teaching methods, assessment and evaluation, classroom management and professional development.
It will be implemented in three phases, with the first phase already underway in the Gilgit district. The remaining two phases will be implemented in Skardu and Diamer districts.
“For more than three decades, AKU-IED has dedicated its efforts to enhancing the standard of education in Pakistan. Our extensive track record includes substantial engagement in the GB area, and we are proud of our contributions towards empowering educators and school administrators through capacity building initiatives,” said AKU President Dr Sulaiman Shahabuddin.
“This programme is a major step towards improving the quality of education in government schools in Gilgit-Baltistan,” said the Chief Secretary, Mr Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani. “We are grateful to the FBISE for their generous funding and to AKU-IED PDCN for their expertise in delivering this programme.”
“We are excited to be a part of this important initiative,” said Dr Farid Panjwani, Professor and Dean of AKU-IED. “We believe that this programme will make a real difference in the lives of students in Gilgit-Baltistan and we are committed to providing teachers with the knowledge and skills they need to deliver high-quality science education.”
The capacity building programme for government science teachers is a major step towards improving the quality of education in Gilgit-Baltistan. Delivered by a team of experienced professionals, it will help to create a more skilled and knowledgeable workforce in the region.