Members of the Kurdistan Teachers' Union (KTU) have taken additional training courses to equip them with the knowledge and tools required for distance education. These skills proved crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic as the education received funding from Education International.
At the beginning of January, 69 members of the KTU branches in Sora, Garmiyan and Khanaqin took part in three training courses to train them in modern teaching methods. The curriculum included several lessons on teaching methods and the use of new technologies in education and e-learning, as well as two new hands-on lectures for distance learning. The aim was for teachers to gain experience with online teaching methods.
The need for such courses arose from the COVID-19 pandemic, which made it impossible to continue education in classrooms.
As with previous training courses, most of the participants suggested extending the training time as the lessons had proven useful and a great work experience, noted KTU President Abdalwahed M. Haje.
"The participating educators greatly appreciate the efforts of the Kurdish teachers' union under these difficult circumstances, especially in the education sector," he said. “Education can never be stopped, because stopping the educational process means stopping life. It also endangers the future of generations. "
He went on to explain that teachers identified a number of issues related to online teaching, including:
- Power outages
- Weak internet network, especially in remote areas
- The families' poor financial resources
- The meager experiences of schoolchildren and pupils with new teaching materials