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Resilience in TVET in Nigeria through standards for ODL

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL) promotes the use of open and distance…

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Educators in Antigua and Barbuda explore OER in STEM education

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Webinar: Enhancing STEM teaching in Africa with simulations

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Ghana: Gender mainstreaming in EdTech action plan developed

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Resilience in TVET in Nigeria through standards for ODL.

#COL4D promotes the use of open and distance learning (ODL)approaches and technologies to build the resilience of technical and vocational education training (TVET) systems by supporting ministries and regional and national authorities responsible for #TVET.

COL has been partnering with Nigeria’s National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) in developing and implementing frameworks for the effective implementation of open, distance, and flexible e-learning (ODFeL). Currently, 40 institutions in Nigeria have been accredited to offer TVET using #ODFeL approaches and technologies, a testament to the importance of this partnership in the development of standards.

Recently, COL hosted a workshop at NBTE’s Centre of Excellence in Kaduna for state officers to develop its quality assurance standards for TVET offered using ODFeL approaches and technologies. Tools for accrediting institutions, programmes, and trainers who implement programmes using these approaches were also developed. Representatives from the Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA) in #Zambia and the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority in #Kenya joined their counterparts at the workshop.

At the opening session of the workshop, Professor Idris Bugage, Executive Secretary-NBTE, underscored the significant impact of the training in promoting digital transformation and fostering national development. He highlighted the absence of a standardised evaluation tool for ODFeL, despite its implementation in the TVET sector since 2021, highlighting this workshop’s crucial role in filling that gap. He also thanked COL for its continued support and acknowledged the pivotal role played by the NBTE Centre of Excellence in coordinating and implementing the project.

Robert Okinda, COL’s Adviser for Skills, emphasised the collaborative efforts between Kenya, #Nigeria and Zambia in building the resilience of TVET in Africa. He highlighted the establishment of a community of state officers overseeing the quality and standards of open and distance learning where shared experiences, progress and lessons learned are discussed.

Phyllis Chibuye Kasonkomona, Director: Development at TEVETA, Zambia, stated that “the workshop has provided valuable insights by highlighting the similarities in the systems of Zambia, Nigeria and Kenya. Additionally, participants have agreed to adopt and adapt the best practices.”

#TVETLeadership #ODLInEducation #SkillsTraining #TransformativeLeadership #QualityEducation  #TVETStandards #DigitalLearning #InnovationInEducation

Resilience in TVET in Nigeria through standards for ODL.

#COL4D promotes the use of open and distance learning (ODL)approaches and technologies to build the resilience of technical and vocational education training (TVET) systems by supporting ministries and regional and national authorities responsible for #TVET.

COL has been partnering with Nigeria’s National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) in developing and implementing frameworks for the effective implementation of open, distance, and flexible e-learning (ODFeL). Currently, 40 institutions in Nigeria have been accredited to offer TVET using #ODFeL approaches and technologies, a testament to the importance of this partnership in the development of standards.

Recently, COL hosted a workshop at NBTE’s Centre of Excellence in Kaduna for state officers to develop its quality assurance standards for TVET offered using ODFeL approaches and technologies. Tools for accrediting institutions, programmes, and trainers who implement programmes using these approaches were also developed. Representatives from the Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA) in #Zambia and the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority in #Kenya joined their counterparts at the workshop.

At the opening session of the workshop, Professor Idris Bugage, Executive Secretary-NBTE, underscored the significant impact of the training in promoting digital transformation and fostering national development. He highlighted the absence of a standardised evaluation tool for ODFeL, despite its implementation in the TVET sector since 2021, highlighting this workshop’s crucial role in filling that gap. He also thanked COL for its continued support and acknowledged the pivotal role played by the NBTE Centre of Excellence in coordinating and implementing the project.

Robert Okinda, COL’s Adviser for Skills, emphasised the collaborative efforts between Kenya, #Nigeria and Zambia in building the resilience of TVET in Africa. He highlighted the establishment of a community of state officers overseeing the quality and standards of open and distance learning where shared experiences, progress and lessons learned are discussed.

Phyllis Chibuye Kasonkomona, Director: Development at TEVETA, Zambia, stated that “the workshop has provided valuable insights by highlighting the similarities in the systems of Zambia, Nigeria and Kenya. Additionally, participants have agreed to adopt and adapt the best practices.”

#TVETLeadership #ODLInEducation #SkillsTraining #TransformativeLeadership #QualityEducation #TVETStandards #DigitalLearning #InnovationInEducation
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OER training for STEM teachers in the Solomon Islands.

A workshop recently held in Honiara, Solomon Islands, brought together 90 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers to build their capacity in open education resources (OER). This activity was jointly organised by #COL4D and the Pacific Centre for Flexible and Open Learning for Development #PACFOLD, hosted by the University of the South Pacific, Solomon Islands campus and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand (MFAT), New Zealand.

The workshop model included online and in-person support from STEM mentors drawn from the University of the South Pacific (USP) Solomon Islands Campus and the Solomon Islands Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD). The participants were trained on how to navigate online repositories, including the evolving national #OER collection site for locally developed and adapted resources.  

Ms Wendy Hatiika, a teacher of Science and Maths, received a certificate after completing activities based on COL’s premier course, ‘Understanding OER.’ She said, Exploring different Creative Commons licenses has been eye-opening. I have learnt how I can protect and share my own work.

#NewZealand #SolomonIslands #STEM #FlexibleLearning #CapacityBuilding

OER training for STEM teachers in the Solomon Islands.

A workshop recently held in Honiara, Solomon Islands, brought together 90 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers to build their capacity in open education resources (OER). This activity was jointly organised by #COL4D and the Pacific Centre for Flexible and Open Learning for Development #PACFOLD, hosted by the University of the South Pacific, Solomon Islands campus and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand (MFAT), New Zealand.

The workshop model included online and in-person support from STEM mentors drawn from the University of the South Pacific (USP) Solomon Islands Campus and the Solomon Islands Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD). The participants were trained on how to navigate online repositories, including the evolving national #OER collection site for locally developed and adapted resources.

Ms Wendy Hatiika, a teacher of Science and Maths, received a certificate after completing activities based on COL’s premier course, ‘Understanding OER.’ She said, "Exploring different Creative Commons licenses has been eye-opening. I have learnt how I can protect and share my own work."

#NewZealand #SolomonIslands #STEM #FlexibleLearning #CapacityBuilding
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Ghana: Gender mainstreaming in EdTech action plan developed.

#COL4D, in partnership with the Centre for National Distance Learning and Open Schooling (CENDLOS), recently conducted a focus group and workshop to address gender inequality in EdTech in #Ghana. The initiative included the implementation of a gender scorecard and the creation of a step-by-step action plan for gender mainstreaming in digital education.

Ms. Mig Alphonso, COL Adviser on Gender Equality led the focus group with ten gender team staff members. CENDLOS organised the gender scorecard workshop which featured discussions on achieving gender equality in open and distance learning (ODL) through innovative strategies to attract and retain young women in education and training.

Participants underscored the importance of gender equality, noting the necessity of providing equal opportunities to all genders. One participant remarked, “The concept of gender equality is crucial in our society, and this workshop has highlighted the need for equal opportunities for everyone. Women can perform exceptionally well when given the same opportunities as men.” Another participant added, “It has helped me understand and change my perception about gender mainstreaming, sparking an eagerness to learn more.”

Regarding the workshop’s outcomes, Ms. Alphonso commented, “The final workshop to draft the gender strategy included 43 staff members from CENDLOS and key stakeholders, including many representatives from the Ministry of Education, such as TVET, the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, and Plan International. This workshop resulted in a gender action plan for CENDLOS, detailing steps for integrating gender considerations into policies, processes, and programmes.”

COL engages with national and local partners to build capacity in gender mainstreaming and promote gender equality by reducing gender gaps in education and training.  Gender mainstreaming remains one of the most practical approaches to addressing gender inequality. It involves integrating a gender perspective into planned actions, ensuring that the concerns and experiences of all genders are incorporated into the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of policies and programmes so everyone benefits equally.

#ODL #GenderEquality #GenderMainstreaming #DigitalEducation #PersonsWithDisabilities #DigitalEducation

Ghana: Gender mainstreaming in EdTech action plan developed.

#COL4D, in partnership with the Centre for National Distance Learning and Open Schooling (CENDLOS), recently conducted a focus group and workshop to address gender inequality in EdTech in #Ghana. The initiative included the implementation of a gender scorecard and the creation of a step-by-step action plan for gender mainstreaming in digital education.

Ms. Mig Alphonso, COL Adviser on Gender Equality led the focus group with ten gender team staff members. CENDLOS organised the gender scorecard workshop which featured discussions on achieving gender equality in open and distance learning (ODL) through innovative strategies to attract and retain young women in education and training.

Participants underscored the importance of gender equality, noting the necessity of providing equal opportunities to all genders. One participant remarked, “The concept of gender equality is crucial in our society, and this workshop has highlighted the need for equal opportunities for everyone. Women can perform exceptionally well when given the same opportunities as men.” Another participant added, “It has helped me understand and change my perception about gender mainstreaming, sparking an eagerness to learn more.”

Regarding the workshop’s outcomes, Ms. Alphonso commented, “The final workshop to draft the gender strategy included 43 staff members from CENDLOS and key stakeholders, including many representatives from the Ministry of Education, such as TVET, the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, and Plan International. This workshop resulted in a gender action plan for CENDLOS, detailing steps for integrating gender considerations into policies, processes, and programmes.”

COL engages with national and local partners to build capacity in gender mainstreaming and promote gender equality by reducing gender gaps in education and training. Gender mainstreaming remains one of the most practical approaches to addressing gender inequality. It involves integrating a gender perspective into planned actions, ensuring that the concerns and experiences of all genders are incorporated into the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of policies and programmes so everyone benefits equally.

#ODL #GenderEquality #GenderMainstreaming #DigitalEducation #PersonsWithDisabilities #DigitalEducation
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