March 24, 2023

Enhancing the capacity of the basic education faculties in Kurdistan: launch of a new strategic project


In Kurdistan region of Iraq, students enrolled at public elementary schools are educating by elementary school teachers whose 90% of them are graduates from colleges of Basic Education of the HEIs in Kurdistan.

The Basic Education colleges in Kurdistan are the main provider of the primary school teachers in the region. The current teaching staff at our primary schools are 75% graduates of the Basic education colleges and 20% are graduates from two years teacher preparing institute which is equivalent to the secondary school.

A new Capacity Building project under the Erasmus plus programme on this topic has just kicked off in Kurdistan region of Iraq on March 1 and 2, 2023 where the University of Duhok has hosted indeed the Kick off meeting. An official ceremony saw the participation of officials from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in KRG, the President of the University of Duhok, Dr. Dawood Atrushi and the scientific coordinator from Pavia University, Italy, prof. Antonio Morone, as well as all the representatives of the other project partners from University of Granada, University of Alto Duro in Portugal, from the University of Duhok, from Zakho University, from Raparin University, from Salaheddin University-Erbil, from Halabja University and from UNIMED.

The TeachersMOD project aims to enhance the capacity of the Basic education Faculties in each Partner institutions with the final outcome to improve the general regional standard of primary education.

The project builds on two assumptions: the first relates to education’s pivotal role in the society to the fulfilment of human rights, peace and responsible citizenship from local to global levels, and the second relates to the digital transformation as embedded in teaching, learning, and work.

“Universities, therefore, need to increase their capacities at two levels:updating and reviewing curricula towards a student’s -centred approach; and pedagogies based on active methods integrating participative and innovative components”, said Dr. Rund Hammoudi, Director of the International relations office at UoD, local coordinator for the project in KRG.

For this reason, TeachersMOD seeks to contribute to modernise and improve the quality of teaching, by innovating teaching methodologies, by curricula reviewing and by reinforcing the competences of university staff in the Basic Education Colleges in the HEIs from Kurdistan region of Iraq.

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