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Since its founding in 1965, GOPA has successfully implemented over 3,500 projects in more than 130 countries. At present, over 140 are being carried out. This database provides a selection of projects best illustrating GOPA’s fields of activity.

Basic Education Programme (BEP) - Blended Learning Course on Inclusive Education (BLINC)

Country: 
Malawi
Department: 
Education and Employment Promotion
Beneficiary: 
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Donor Organisation: 
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Associated Enterprises: 
common sense
Project Volume: 
1242150
Value of Services: 
1242150
Start of project: 
January, 2017
End of project: 
October, 2018

 

Background:
Since Malawi introduced free primary education for all in 1994, pupil numbers have increased enormously and are still rising steadily. However, the quality of education is not keeping pace with this trend. Drop-out and repetition rates remain high, so that only around a third of children who start school complete their eight years of primary education in the scheduled time. National and regional performance studies over the last ten years have consistently identified an extremely low level of attainment. There are too few well-qualified teachers. Initial training in teacher training colleges (TTCs) needs to be greatly improved. The present curriculum is overloaded, far too theoretical and too much focus on exams. Teacher training does not do enough to prepare teachers for the conditions encountered in Malawian schools. In rural regions in particular, classes of up to 200 pupils are by no means a rarity. Children with learning difficulties do not receive the support they need. The conditions needed to improve the quality of teaching are not present.

Project details

Objectives: 

Overall objective: GIZ supports jointly with the MoEST (Ministry of Education, Science and Technology) the Basic Education Programme (BEP). The objective of the Technical Cooperation module reads as follows: “Prerequisites for improving quality in basic education have been addressed”.
The module operates in three linked fields of activity: (1) teacher management, (2) teacher training, (3) inclusion and information and communication technology.

Specific objective: The consortium GOPA consultants and common sense eLearning and training consultants assist the GIZ-Basic Education Programme in component 3, which has the aim to “support MoEST in developing concrete tools for the early identification and support of primary school children with learning difficulties”. For this objective, a blended learning course on Inclusive Education for ordinary primary school teachers will be developed, certified and implemented and complementary trainings will be conducted accordingly by the consortium GOPA/common sense.

Activities: 

Development of training material and set-up of critical ICT training infrastructure:

  • Development of training and blended-learning concept and curriculum for Inclusive Education Certificate Course
  • Development of training material for the Inclusive Education Certificate Course
  • Development of an implementation schedule and resource plan
  • Setup of selected ICT infrastructure and Learning Management System
  • Training of course management and tutoring staff at partner institution
  • Training of local ICT support staff and definition of support processes
  • Development and implementation of regional complimentary school management and supervision training

Implementation of inclusive education certificate course:

  • Selection of participants
  • Face-to Face Training during official school holidays and online phases
  • Certification at final event at national level
  • Evaluation of first BLINC training programme
  • Adaptation of training concept and materials according to evaluation
  • Handover of all materials to MoEST and GIZ at end of contract
Result: 

120 ordinary primary school teachers, including 40% women, who have successfully completed a modular, media-based training programme in early identification and intervention for children with special educational needs are available to MoEST as resource persons.