LAHORE - The USAID Teacher Education Project organised a National Curriculum Design Workshop here at a local hotel from April 1-6, says a press release.

The workshop has brought together the faculty of leading universities to develop syllabi and teaching notes for the fourth and final year of B.Ed. (Hons.) Elementary. Renowned international expert and curriculum advisor Prof. Frances Schoonmaker also conducted a session focusing on models and trends of curriculum development.

The faculty of leading universities of the country worked together to develop the syllabi and teaching notes for the fourth and final year of B.Ed. (Hons.) Elementary. The workshop is part of a series of events being held to finalize course designs. It is an endeavor to coordinate national and international efforts to boost curriculum development efforts in the country. Both national and international curriculum advisors reviewed the course materials and finalized the course to be presented to the National Curriculum Review Committee (NCRC) after the workshop.

Faculty members from the following universities attended the workshop i.e: University of The Punjab– IER, Lahore, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, SBK Women University, Quetta, University of Education, Lahore, University of Sargodha, University of Gujrat, Bahauddin Zakrya University, Multan, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, University of Karachi, University of Peshawar, IER, University of Hazara, University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad.

This workshop is part of a larger $75 million USAID Teacher Education Project. USAID is working closely with the Government of Pakistan to develop and implement innovative curricula for two recently launched degree programs: a four-year Bachelors Degree in Education (B.Ed.) and a two-year Associate Degree in Education (ADE).

USAID will further strengthen the education sector in Pakistan with the upcoming USAID basic education program. It seeks to bring 3.2 million children to reading at or above grade level over the next five years by improving instructional quality and strengthening education systems. USAID is aiming to increase the number of children learning to read by: transforming the way teachers teach; promoting active community involvement in school governance; reforming government institutions; and promoting public-private partnerships.