A competent and skilled teacher is one of the most important inputs in any education system. But in crisis and post-conflict settings, teachers are often in short supply and many are new recruits with minimal experience or education to prepare them for teaching in tough conditions. Those who do have a teaching background or qualification may have to teach content outside of their knowledge area, and may be unprepared to respond to the additional complexities of teaching in a crisis context.
As teachers play a critical role in shaping the future of their students and communities, their role should not be an afterthought, but an integral part of the preparedness and planning phases for education in emergencies and in chronic crises. Teachers, like all professionals, must be carefully recruited and prepared to be teachers, with access to well-planned and well-executed professional development in order to be the best that they can be, especially in times of crisis. In particular, teachers require relevant knowledge and skills, as well as strong school-based support and opportunities for collaboration to respond effectively to the complex needs of learners in crisis contexts.
The Teachers in Crisis Contexts Training Pack - Implementation Discussion Series (Oct-Dec 2016) is an online special discussion series hosted that seeks to demonstrate how the recently published Teachers in Crisis Contexts Training Pack is being and can be used and adapted in education in emergencies contexts.
The discussion series presents use cases from different organizations on how they are adapting, implementing, and learning from use of the pack, engaging with the EiE community to indicate how the teacher training pack can contribute to improving the quality of teacher professional development in crisis contexts.
INEE hosted a free webinar on 29 September 2016 addressing the critical issue of teacher professional development in crisis-affected contexts. The webinar brought together colleagues from across the world to discuss, question, and consider much needed improvements to teacher support and teacher training. It will explore the recently launched inter-agency Teachers in Crisis Contexts Training Pack and the findings from INEE’s report Where It’s Needed Most: Quality Professional Development for All Teachers. This webinar provided a collaborative opportunity for those working to raise teachers’ professional standing, to improve classroom teaching, and to achieve better outcomes for children and young people.
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This inter-agency, open source training pack is available for anyone to use. The Training Pack for Primary School Teachers in Crisis Contexts, published in March 2016, is intended to build basic teaching competencies for unqualified or under-qualified teachers often recruited to teach in refugee/IDP camps and in a range of other emergency settings. The materials can also be used with qualified teachers who require refresher training or additional support in critical areas like child protection. The materials can also be used by teachers who either find themselves teaching in crisis-affected environments or in host community schools that are integrating children/youth from displaced populations.
What’s in this training pack?
The pack is comprised of an Introductory Training Pack and four core modules, developed around a set of 28 teacher competencies. The Introductory Training Pack (12 sessions; 23 hours) was created to provide a fast-track introduction to key teacher competencies, especially for use with new teachers or when time is constrained. The four modules covering Teacher’s Role and Well-being; Child Protection, Well-being and Inclusion; Pedagogy; and Curriculum and Planning, are made up of 18 sessions or 60 hours of instruction on a range of topics. Click here to see the training content at a glance.
Each module is made up of 4-5 sessions and includes detailed guidance for facilitators. Each module is designed to introduce teachers to key concepts and skills by modeling participatory, interactive, learner-centered pedagogies that teachers can experience and then try in their classrooms.
The training pack was commissioned by the Teachers in Crisis Contexts Working Group (TICCWG; originally the Refugee Teacher Working Group), and was developed in stages by members of the TICCWG, consultants and a team of graduate students at Teachers College, Columbia University, with peer review and field testing in Kenya and Iraq.
The TICCWG is comprised of seven partner agencies: Finn Church Aid, International Rescue Committee, Norwegian Refugee Council, Save the Children, Teachers College-Columbia University, UNHCR and UNICEF, working in close association with the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE).
In 2013, INEE hosted a 19-week online forum to address the following question: “How can we improve teacher professional development in the world’s poorest and most fragile places?” The forum was facilitated by Mary Burns and James Lawrie, and brought together nineteen professional development experts to exchange ideas. The resulting findings were compiled in the 2015 report Where It’s Needed Most: Quality Professional Development for All Teachers, which highlights seven key recommendations to improve training for teachers in fragile environments. The recommendations are:
In fragile contexts, situations of displacement, and post-crisis recovery, teachers are often underpaid or not paid at all. Building on recommendations from a 2006 roundtable on the topic, between 2008-2009, the Teacher Compensation Initiative mapped the challenges and provided guidance to policymakers and practitioners grappling with the issues of teacher remuneration and support in these contexts.
Developed in a widely consultative manner that involved dozens of contributors in workshops around the world (read full background in Appendix 1), the INEE Guidance Notes on Teacher Compensation provide a framework for determining appropriate compensation for teachers in crisis contexts. The Guidance Notes are based on lessons learned from practice around the world and are organised around the following three themes:
The Teacher Compensation Initiative was managed by an inter-agency advisory group that included the INEE, International Rescue Committee, Save the Children Alliance, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNICEF, and the Women’s Refugee Commission. Pearson Foundation (French and Spanish) and Reach Out To Asia (Arabic) provide translation support to this initiative.
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