When it comes to quality in education, teacher training is of the uttermost importance. By funding projects aimed at improving the pedagogical skills of teachers both within and outside Europe, Erasmus+ is helping raise the quality of education around the world.
The ‘Raising the Quality of Teacher Education Programmes in Palestine’ project (RQTEPP) is doing just that. With funding from the ‘Capacity-building in Higher Education’ action of Erasmus+, a British coordinator, together with a Finnish and Dutch partner, is working with 3 Palestinian universities in Gaza and the West Bank to reform their Primary Education degree programme.
Following a needs analysis, the new programmes are being built to include more technology-enhanced teaching, learning and assessment, in addition to promoting social inclusion in the classroom. Among the targeted universities, the revamped degree programmes will be more student-centred, interactive and include state-of-the-art pedagogical skills. To promote links between theory and practice, courses will be designed to showcase the experience of teaching in a classroom.
One partner working on the project has attested to the fact that ‘RQTEPP is truly a ground-breaking project that is contributing immensely to upgrading the design of teacher education degree programmes in Palestine to international standards' and that the courses 'are the first of their kind in Palestine, and are already causing great excitement among students’.
Complementing the main initiative, a capacity-building programme in research is also included so that staff can keep up-to-date with the latest developments in teaching and learning and, ultimately, continually improve their courses. Almost one-third of the project budget is being used to fund equipment such as a tailor-made digital learning platform for the programmes and learning rooms in each university.
The project coordinator, Tony Mahon of Canterbury Christ Church University (UK), believes that ‘the process of working collaboratively with counterparts in the Palestinian universities to create innovative new degree programmes has challenged the existing knowledge, skills and assumptions about teacher education of the CCCU team of colleagues and provided exceptional capacity-building which benefits our own degree programmes’.
You can read more about the project on RQTEPP-TELTA.
Each year, Erasmus+ selects around 140 capacity-building projects which improve teaching and management in higher education institutions so that they can play their part in their country's development. Projects are selected under the annual Erasmus+ call for proposals, issued each October.
Projects are selected under the annual Erasmus+ call for proposals, issued each October.
Image: © Tony Mahon