International News: December 2010

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Masters in Special Education now at Abu Dhabi University

A new masters degree programme in special education has been launched at Abu Dhabi University (ADU), that aims at qualifying teachers to develop strategic plans in different areas of interest as well as to provide and lead professional development programmes in special education. Scheduled to be offered in 2011, the new programme is developed based on international standards from major universities in Michigan, Ohio and Florida, US, London Metropolitan University and others. It has also been reviewed and assessed by expert teams in the field from the US.

National ICT College of Education at Ghana

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Recently, a national Information and Communication Technology connectivity project was launched at Ghana, for Colleges of Education to ensure that teachers reappraise their methodologies to meet the learning needs of their students. This Government ICT connectivity project would cover around 38 Colleges of Education (formerly Teacher Training Institutions), 37 Public Technical Institutes, 510 Public Senior High Schools, and 23,000 Public Basic Schools with computing infrastructure. Under this project the schools have been equipped with computers, printers, scanners, projectors and servers. The project would significantly push forward the new, ICT policy of the government.

38% Teachers in Azerbaijan to pass ICT training says Education Minister

It is expected that around 38 % of teachers in Azerbaijan will pass trainings on ICT in 2010, as described by the Azerbaijani Education Minister, Misir Mardanov, in his address at an international conference on ‘Economic development through education and technology’. He explained that in recent years the pan is to increase the figure to 67%, which implies that 114,000 teachers will pass trainings. In future it is being anticipated that multi-stage training will be sought for teachers.

Students frisking allowed to British teachers

Soon Britain is to roll out new rules according to which school teachers will be allowed to frisk students for mobile phones, electronic gadgets and even pornography and cigarettes in a bid to prevent disruption in classrooms. The same would be inclusive highlights of an education White Paper that are to be published next week outlining the new rights for teachers to be able to search students for any item that can potentially interrupt lessons. Confiscation of mobile phones, MP3 players and other electronic gadgets will be allowed in case of need by the school staff. There are also included in the same plans to simplify rules on the use of physical force, giving teachers greater powers to take disruptive children out of classrooms without fear of legal action.

Students frisking allowed to British teachers

An application submitted by Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) was approved by the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), for the electronic library (e-lib) connectivity which will allow students, faculty, and staff to have a wider avenue and greater access to the newest trends in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry. This project on e-library connection of the state-run higher education, is the first out of the eleven government funded projects that have been realised this year in connection with its pending application for accreditation of some of its courses. Dr Nieves A Dacyon, MPSPC president, said the e-library connection is a collaborative project of the National Library of the Philippines, University of the Philippines system, CHEd, Department of Science and Technology (DoST), and the higher education institution based in the province to boost its chances of being the third university in the Cordillera.

ACBF and Microsoft partner for capacity building

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and Microsoft met recently to formally sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between their two organisations. The aim of the collaboration is to join their formidable reputations and expertise to help co-ordinate various capacity building programmes across Africa.

The target for both the parties is to focus on improvement of the public sector management for effectiveness of service delivery; enhancing national and regional capacity to manage ICT policy formulation and implementation in sub-Saharan Africa; and public sector oriented solutions development, all in line with the strategic orientations of the two organisations.

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