Honourable Commendation in UNESCO Award celebrating innovative teacher development
SeeBeyondBorders' innovative quality teaching program has been recognised with an Honourable Commendation in the UNESCO Wenhui Award 2017. The latest honour is further endorsement of our innovative approach to improving teaching quality, and the real impact it is having on the learning outcomes for children in poor rural schools in Cambodia.
SeeBeyondBorders has received an Honourable Commendation in the UNESCO Wenhui Award 2017
The award statement said:
SeeBeyondBorders, an international non-governmental organization in Cambodia, recognizes that quality education can help to alleviate poverty and make a significant impact on the lives of Cambodian families. One of SeeBeyondBorders’ initiative is to train Cambodian primary school teachers who, in turn, use their skills to develop knowledge of their peers by building local communities of professional practice. Its Scaffolding Capability And Learning Experiences (SCALE) provides a ‘scaffolded’ approach that is unique in Cambodia, focusing on building teachers’ conceptual and pedagogical understanding through the Core Teacher Training program, in tandem with the Mentoring program to provide ongoing support in their classrooms from trained Cambodian teacher mentors. Localized professional communities of practice are developed to ensure sustainability through the Transition program. Senior mentors are trained to run the teaching workshops on their own in the final Maintenance program.
SCALE is implemented in close collaboration with District Offices of Education and school principals to coordinate professional development activities and embed them into the district plans every year. This approach helps to develop the Cambodian education system as a whole and ensures sustainability is embedded from the start.
The theme of the 2017 Wenhui Award, Innovations in the Professional Development of Teachers, aims to draw attention to the importance of the professional development of teachers. This is in line with SDG 4-Education 2030 Agenda and UNESCO’s vision of education to provide and enhance quality learning opportunities for all, particularly to those most disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalized, by focusing on innovative professional development of teachers.
Recognition in this prestigious international award follows success in 2016 when SeeBeyondBorders was awarded the UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers.
The latest honour is further endorsement of SeeBeyondBorders' innovative approach to improving teaching quality, and the real impact it is having on the learning outcomes for children in poor rural schools in Cambodia.
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