100 schools in Zimbabwe to benefit from rapid teacher training on open, distance and online learning
At least 100 schools across Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces are set to benefit from the “Rapid Teacher Training on Open, Distance and Online Learning”. This is the third phase of this capacity building exercise intended to build teachers’ capacity to facilitate open, distance and online learning.
The program started in 2020 and accelerated in 2021 with the training of 11,152 teachers. This collaboration between UNESCO and the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE) of Zimbabwe has been necessitated by the advent of COVID-19 which has had serious ramifications on the Zimbabwean education system in terms of learner outcomes. . School closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic reversed some of the earlier gains that had been made in areas such as literacy and numeracy.
The Rapid Teacher Training Program on Open, Distance and Online Learning in Zimbabwe aims to equip teachers with the skills to teach online to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The training supports teachers in delivering distance education and using information and communication technology (ICT) in education during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis. The course introduces teachers to basic digital skills, distance learning methods and the pedagogical use of ICT for teaching to ensure continued learning and equips teachers with the skills and resources to offer alternative and appropriate forms of distance learning using no, few, and high-tech digital tools.
While the first and second phases targeted individual teachers in all provinces through virtual means, this third phase is a school-based model focusing on training in individual schools such as primary (P3) and secondary schools. (S3) the least endowed.
The train-the-trainer session was organized to introduce trainers to the new model that was last applied in the teacher training program funded by UNESCO and Korea. The training of trainers has equipped trainers with the skills to deliver a school-based model that specifically delivers training to individual schools while addressing ICT skills gaps in schools.
The advantages of the school-based model involve the involvement of school leaders who are key actors in the implementation and improvement of school results. With over 11,000 teachers already trained across different provinces in Zimbabwe, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education is ready to ensure readiness for continuity of learning during the current education crisis and transform the landscape of the professional development of teachers in Zimbabwe. The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) provides financial support for this initiative.