By : Ashfaq Rehmani _@RehmaiAshfaq
The Punjab Education and English Language Initiative (PEELI) is part of the Chief Minister’s roadmap for educational reform in Punjab. By enhancing the quality of classroom teaching at the primary level, its aim is to contribute to improved student learning outcomes. Between June 2017 and June 2020 PEELI will have helped an estimated 250,000 Primary School Teachers (all subjects), teacher trainers and head teachers to develop their knowledge and skills to significantly enrich the educational experience and attainment of primary school children across Punjab. PEELI is a co-founded project delivered through a partnership between Quaid-e-Azam Academy for Educational Development (QAED) and the British Council, under the direction of the Schools Education Department said Principle GCET Pasrur, (Head QAED district Sialkot) Mr. Muhammad Raees Mir during an interview with Editor “Media Door” (Pakistan’s first social media news agency). This pool of professionals is the basis on which QAED now delivers training to Primary School Teachers across the Punjab. The focus of the training delivered by Expert Trainers was on giving Primary School Teachers the necessary skills to deliver child-centered classes, encourage activity-based learning, and to make appropriate choices about the language of instruction he added.
During a special interview, Regional facilitator for ISA, CC Trainings Gujranwala Region, education officer and schools ambassador British Council Dr. Ejaz Ahmad Mirza (Ph. D Education) answered that “PEELI uses a cascade training model in order to reach large audience numbers. At the top of this cascade model are freelance Training Consultants who are managed by British Council. These training consultants train, mentor and support Expert Trainers who in turn, train and support teachers and head teachers. This cascade model is supported through school-based CPD”.
Mr. Muhammad Raees Mir (Principle GCET Pasrur and Head QAED Sialkot) also told me that, The focus of the training provided is on equipping teachers with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to teach more effectively, to adopt a child-centred, activity-based classroom approach as well as enabling them to make appropriate choices about the language of classroom instruction (Urdu/mother tongue and English). PEELI has six key components, he said. According to Master trainers British Council Mr. Muhammad Ayub (Trainer PEELI Batch II, Mr. Muhammad Shahid (Master trainer British Council and Trainer PEELI Batch II) “The target of the PEELI is to Improve the quality of teaching by giving teachers, teacher educators, and school leaders the knowledge and skills they need to improve teaching quality in schools across the Punjab” and “Introduce internationally recognized courses and qualifications for teachers and teacher educators. Establish and maintain new benchmarks for performance against standards to ensure quality teaching as well”. Other key components are Content & Material, Institutional Capacity Building, Monitoring & Evaluation and Policy & Research.
Third Party Validation (TPV) To ensure transparency in project evaluation, we commissioned an external consultancy (FAME Education) who carried out the following monitoring and evaluation interventions:
1- Observation of ETs delivering training to PSTs
2- Focus group discussions with ETs, EETs and PSTs
3- Feedback collection from PSTs & ETs through questionnaires
4- Observation of PSTs in action
We collaboratively developed an observation framework, focusing on general pedagogical skills (for both
trainers and teachers) and assessment of child-centered approach, activity-based approach and appropriate choice of language of instruction Project in Detail Ambition Activity under PEELI has been running
since 2013. In February 2017 a new cofunded contract was signed between SED and the British Council signaling a step change in SED’s ambition. Activity under this new contract began in the summer of 2017. PEELI is set to complete its current project life cycle by June 2020.
Being reporter and observer (PEELI Training Session, Batch II at QAED, Pasrur, SIALKOT) I think, “If you want good teachers, you need to have good trainers. And for good trainers, this is a very fantastic program, it should continue, it puts Educationists on the very right targets that have been set for this program.
Finally, we need to know more about the nature and quality of QAED’s devolved in-service delivery structure in the districts of Punjab. We need more detailed information about the success or otherwise of our training programmes so that we can make adjustments to outcomes, content and delivery approaches. We need to establish a solid baseline against we can measure the impact of our training on classroom behavior. We need to develop a reliable approach to investigating the impact of changes in teaching behavior on learner experience and attainment. We need to ensure all of our evolving M&E work continues to be aligned with the overall project objectives and performance indicators.