Curriculum mapping for creative learning

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 19, 2014-

The Curriculum Development Centre and the British Council Nepal are working collaboratively in planning a joint curriculum mapping to analyse and identify areas for project-based learning that will embed an international dimension in schools.

“I fully concur that it is time to bring about change in our present curriculum and provide quality education,” said Dr Bal Krishna Ranjit, deputy director at the Centre, during a policy engagement programme organised in Kathmandu on Monday.

British Council and UK-AID have co-funded a programme called Connecting Classrooms, which is trying to provide schools with support to nurture global citizens. Two hundred schools and over 1,000 teachers have participated in British Council’s school activities online and face-to-face.

Policy makers and educators from Nepal, Sri Lanka and India came together at the event to discuss where they are currently preparing their students for a place in the global economy and how they might embed the international dimension in their schools.

At the programme, school representatives from Sri Lanka and Nepal shared their positive impact stories in the learning and teaching methodology.

Acting Country Director of British Council Nepal Dr Jovan Ilic said there needs to be a change in attitude in order to move away from rote learning and also rote teaching, especially in grades nine and 10. “Instead, we need to encourage and support creative teaching and learning, especially of 21st century skills, such as decision making, problem solving, self-awareness and empathy, whilst also covering all relevant areas of our subject whether it be Mathematics or English or Physics, and also the curriculum as instructed by the government,” he said.

Ilic said they were now looking forward to working closely with the Ministry of Education to carry out the curriculum mapping exercise. The curriculum mapping will identify resources and materials for the classroom, or for reference, so that teachers can move away from following textbooks from the beginning to the end, he said.

A recent study by the World Bank stated that poor quality of education in South Asia was holding the region. The quality of education for those attending school is low and does not equip students with adequate skills to join the workforce, according to the report.

Published: 20-08-2014 09:08

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