Workshop to Discuss the Experimental Syllabus for Civic Education for the First Grade in Intermediate School.
Iraqi Al-Amal Association, in association with the Ministry of Education, General Directorate of Curriculum, held a workshop from 24th to 29th August, 2015on setting up an experimental syllabus about civic education, peace building and tolerance for the first grade students in intermediate schools.
The workshop was attended by a number of interested members of the ministry with the participation of the Head of General Directorate of Curriculum, as well as other members from the General Directorate of Educational Supervision, General Directorate of Public Education, General Directorate of the Preparation and Training of Teachers and Educational Development, representatives from Al-Karkh and Al-Rusafa’s Department of Education, representatives from Najaf’s Department of Education, representation from the Ministry of Education in Erbil, with a number of educational supervisors and civil society activists from specialized organizations.
The first three days of the workshop were allocated for discussing the syllabus which is intended to be applied in nine schools, three of which in Baghdad, three in Najaf and three in Erbil for students of the first grade in three intermediate schools for a whole academic year. The expansion of the programme will be discussed afterwards.
The contents of the proposed syllabus were discussed, in particular the exercises which strengthen the principles of citizenship, tolerance, peace building, voluntary work, effective communication and listening skills.
On the final three days, the educational supervisors were trained to become trainers of the teachers who would teach the students. The training included interactive method with exercises to achieve the aims of the syllabus in the best way possible, and help setting other similar curricula for the entire school stages.