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Dubai Cares launches two programmes in East Africa

August 4, 2014



The programmes will tackle the issues stemming from lack of opportunities, developmental stagnation and insufficient support for teachers in developing countries.



Philanthropic organisation Dubai Cares has marked the successful conclusion of its 'What If?' Ramadan campaign with the announcement of two new programmes in Kenya and Uganda. Focused on improving teaching and learning capabilities using Information Communication Technology (ICT), the two new programmes will tackle the issues stemming from lack of opportunities, developmental stagnation and insufficient support for teachers in developing countries.







Announcing the launch of the programmes, Tariq Al Gurg, CEO of Dubai Cares, said: "The role of teachers has evolved with the focus on education shifting from 'education for all' to 'learning for all'. In this climate, our two new programmes prepare and qualify teachers and students in Kenya and Uganda to meet the educational demands and challenges of the modern era by using ICT in education. ICTs, such as mobile phones, desktops and tablets, present important tools in strengthening teaching and learning outcomes as it offers diverse opportunities for teacher development and a wider scale with regards to the number of beneficiaries.







"ICT is transforming the learning experience in classrooms around the globe, and by using the technology to promote the standards of education in our beneficiary countries, we are swiftly closing the skill and knowledge gap between established and emerging markets."







Benefits







A recent World Bank study found that only 19 per cent of public school teachers in Uganda and 35 per cent in Kenya demonstrated basic knowledge of the curriculum. This has a debilitating effect on students' learning experience and more than two out of every three students enrolled in grade three in East Africa fail to pass grade two tests in English, Kiswahili or Mathematics. The two new programmes, to be implemented over three years, are expected to benefit 500 teachers, 100 teacher trainers and education administrators as well as more than 150,000 students. In both countries, Dubai Cares will work in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation to roll out the teacher training and school improvement programmes, to test and demonstrate the transformative potential of using mobile phone technology, desktop computers and tablets.


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Source: Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates)


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