CIDA-funded project trains more than 29,000 schoolteachers

KARACHI: Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) funded project provided professional training to more than 29,000 schoolteachers, faculty members and education managers.Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah directed the authority concerned to expedite their work and ensure training to more 5,000 schoolteachers before the end of financial year 2014-15 under CIDA Funded project.Sindh government is considering the education as the first step towards progress and prosperity and planning more teachers training programmes and infrastructure development in education sector. CIDA would be asked to extend its investment for implementation on such programmes.  Presiding over the meeting to review the progress of CIDA funded teachers training programme being run by provincial education department Qaim termed the teachers training very important to improve the standard of education and asked the officers of education department to accept this challenge, complete this running project and to ensure training to at least total 30,000 teachers by the end of this project in June 2015. Robert (Bob) Snider First Secretary (Dev) Canadian High Commission and David Fournier head of Aid CIDA also attended the meeting.Qaim directed the officers to conceive and come up with another effective teachers training and infrastructure development project and expressed his optimism Economic Affair Division to extend its full support to Sindh government in the move towards improvement of the standard of education. Government was giving top priority to the education sector and investing huge amount to spread qualitative education in the province. He assured remaining project amount of Rs 512 million would shortly be released to the management concerned. He asked the senior Minister Education to visit the teachers training institutes and schools to ascertain the impact of this training to the teachers.Senior Minister Sindh for the Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said there were 43,000 primary schools in the province and he was planning to provide training at least to the head of each school for his professional skill development to improve the standard of education at grass root level.  He said since education department has strength of 1,50,000 schoolteachers out of which 99,000 are primary schoolteachers needs huge investment for their qualitative training and the role of donor agency in this regard could not be ignored.Additional Chief Secretary Education Dr Fazllullah Pechuho briefing the meeting informed CIDA funded teachers training programme was launched in 2006-07 with Canadian debt swap money of Rs 1,261 million but it could not be taken up properly as such it was two time extended for two years each and now it would be completed by the end of current financial year 2014-15. The objective of this project was to strengthen the existing teachers training institution and infrastructure development. He said in addition to training to teachers, computer laboratories have been established, furniture has been provided in all 42 teacher-training institutes. He said the provincial Education Department was also working to convert the provincial institute for teachers education (PITE) into the University to provide all qualitative training to the teachers under one ceiling. The project director to the CIDA funded teachers training project Rehan Iqbal Baloch briefing the meeting informed since 2006-07 to 2013, as many as 21,315 teaching personals including 15,618 primary schoolteachers (PST), 5,397 Junior schoolteachers (JST), 180 faculty members and 120 district education officers/education managers have been provided training under this project.In addition to that more 3,000 teachers were provided training during April and June 2014. He said training to more 5,000 teachers would be completed by the end of October 2014. He said master trainers have been engaged in this training.

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