As part of the 'Improving Quality of Education Programme', resources and efforts are geared towards improving the quality of education in the 30 schools which are partnering with SEF in the project. In this regard, a resource kit has been developed for the early years classrooms. The kit comprises an interactive set of learning aids including low-cost no-cost materials, classroom displays, teaching aids, supplementary reading material, books, educational toys etc. While selecting resources for classrooms, contextual realities of schools and communities and learning needs of both teachers and children are critically considered. Being an interactive, easy-to-use and child friendly resource for classrooms, the kit is aimed to promote activity based learning and enrich the class environment. The kit is accompanied by a how-to-use manual for teachers to facilitate them in effectively using the learning resources in classrooms. Interactive activities which aim to foster children's creative, cognitive, social and emotional skills through engagement with material and peer interactions, have been developed and guidelines for administering these activities are also provided.
The guides on English, Science and Mathematics are designed for classes I and II to assist teachers in implementing the Oxford University Press course in SEF partner schools across Sindh. The guides are developed in English and Sindhi to facilitate improved understanding of subject matter and aid instructions in primary classrooms.
A series of Subject Specific Manuals have been developed in Sindhi, Urdu and English to improve teachers' content knowledge of primary grade subjects. Teaching techniques specifically for teaching of language (Urdu and English), Social Studies, Mathematics and Science along with subject specific and integrated lesson planning tips are included in the manual. Dedicated chapters present teaching methodologies; classroom management techniques; conflict resolution, grade wise lesson plans and activities' suggestions for effective teaching-learning.
The guide for parents and school committees is meant to encourage participatory management of schools and greater parental involvement in children's education process. Topics covered include classroom support, consultative management approaches; techniques for conflict resolution, team building, group decision making, leadership; tips on school improvement and strategies to help mobilize community participation in school governance.
The teachers' manuals are guides to the accelerated curriculum that is designed for children who were out of the school or formerly disengaged with schooling. The specially designed syllabi i.e. 'Behtareen' and 'Taiztareen', allow age-groups 4-9 and 10-16 to achieve the necessary competencies for primary schooling in 3 years and 1 year respectively. The course has a focus on phonics, diagraphs, photo memory and icon reading to make learning interactive. Teachers' manuals encompass Basic Literacy and Primary Level subject modules on Mathematics, Social Studies, Science and Islamiat. Detailed scheme of work, session plans, assessment techniques and evaluation tools are also included for the teachers.
This comprehensive manual in Sindhi and English languages outlines foundational skills to encourage children on the road to lifelong learning. 'High Scope Learning Approach' and suggestions for using teaching-aids to address various learning areas and interactive activities are presented in detail. Model lesson plans, formative assessment techniques, case studies, exercises and colored illustrations are given to make the manual as practical and user friendly as possible; and facilitate teachers in fostering children's cognitive, social, moral, emotional and language development.
The Foundation recognizes that education during emergencies is a lifesaving strategy as well as a right that displaced adults and children are entitled to. As part of SEF's disaster relief efforts, two resource manuals were developed for teachers of adults and young children to facilitate implementation of emergency education across refugee camp sites. The resource manuals are in Sindhi language and comprise educational content on crisis management, health and hygiene, environmental awareness, life skills, human values and rights modules and structured recreation activities like art and drama for active learning. These manuals can serve as supplementary education materials in early emergency and can also be used for enriching the curriculum, training of trainers, teachers training or conducting lessons to meet some of the psychosocial and learning/recreational needs of emergency-affected children and adults.
In order to ensure high standards of educational quality provided to children studying in SEF partner schools, a toolkit was prepared and shared with entrepreneurs of the PPRS Project. The document defines a framework for quality protocols which is based on five key elements comprising Good Governance, Standardized Learning Practices, Curriculum Planning, Quantifiable Assessment Techniques and Effective School Management. The administrative and academic guidelines will facilitate SEF partner schools to work independently as well as collectively to attain high standards of educational quality within the schools.
In order to enrich the educational interventions for working children studying in SEF's Child Development Center, a resource manual was prepared for teaching in a multi-grade classroom. The manual comprises guidelines for organizing classrooms to manage the teaching and the needs of the students more effectively. Lesson planning, assessment methods and record keeping are explained through examples to successfully manage the curriculum learning outcomes. The manual aims to facilitate a learning environment that enables children to reach their potential and gain educational outcomes and skills for life long learning.
SEF's Learning Support Unit routinely develops a range of resources to facilitate the training and academic learning in partner schools. The technical team developed a series of low-cost/no-cost teaching/learning resources for use during teachers' training in each of the 5 target districts of the Early Learning Program. The resources comprised of different activity based teaching aids such as games and puppets, which are not costly and easy to make, and provide interesting and interactive learning for children. The resource kit was used by the trainers during the training and the participants were encouraged to develop similar resources on their own.
Moreover, to substantiate the fast-paced academic interventions in the 250 RBCS project schools, interactive wall posters were also developed which utilize pictorial illustrations to help explain the course contents. Keeping in view that RBCS teachers training is conducted concurrently in 10 districts of Sindh, 10 sets of these resources were developed and disseminated for training purposes. Similarly the trainers developed posters which were used during the training program for teachers from the PPRS project schools. The posters supplemented the objectives and methodologies to be used during the training and were based on the OUP books. These included topics such as fractions in Mathematics, gravity and earth in Science, prepositions and salutations in English and sentence making in Sindhi. The posters provide a more attractive and effective learning environment to enhance children's learning.