In this article, I am going to elaborate several essential aspects that I need to consider in order to begin designing my project. There are three major areas being discussed related to this topic; they are other similar projects to reference, and the curriculum and evaluation process of the program.See also: The story behind the concept, a new idea for innovation in Education
I have searched some information related to my topic, and I have found several programs conducted in some countries which will be helpful for me. There are some projects conducted by the United Nations and the British Government in Kenya, Nepal and India. However, in terms of the design of the project, I will mostly learn from A Community Education Project by New South Wales government, Manual for the Implementation of Community Learning Centres by UNESCO, The Community Learning Centre by LEARN Québec Canada, and Adult, Community and Further Education Board. It might also be possible that other new resources will be used in the future.
Regarding the curriculum, there will be five different subjects being taught, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, English, and Arabic. In order to design the lesson plans, I will use the national standards of lessons being taught in secondary schools and collaborate with one or two related lecturers of each subject as well as passionate pre-service teachers. In addition, in the future teaching and learning process, methods and techniques will be different than those used in the schools. The program will be open on the afternoon of working days, and each of class will run in 90 minutes. Each subject will have three meetings in a week. There are also several references will be used, such as Training Tools for Curriculum Development by UNESCO, Curriculum design and development by McKimm (2003), etc.
Moving on to the evaluation and assessment, the progress of the project will be evaluated the whole days of the first two weeks since the program starts, then it is continued to review every two weeks. The evaluation criteria include students’ progress in learning, teachers’ efficacy, lesson plans, etc. Evaluation is, of course, one of the essential factors in running the program in order to completely achieve the goals, and one of the most invaluable sources related to this aspect is Safety, Resilience, and Social Cohesion: A guide from Curriculum Developers, published by UNESCO 2015.
Note: This article was written for the 4th Blog Entry of “Innovation (ED5009)” unit, Master of Education, Victoria University, Melbourne – Victoria, Australia.