ISESCO holds workshop on evaluating literacy programmes

By Azaraimy HH, BB 19 Oct 2010

The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), in collaboration with the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and the Ministry of Education, is conducting a three-day Regional Workshop on the Follow-Up and Evaluation of Literacy Programmes.

The workshop was officially launched yesterday by the Acting Permanent Secretary (Core Education) at the Ministry of Education, Awg Hj Suhaila bin Hj Abd Karim. Also present to deliver his remarks was the Director of the ISESCO Regional Office in Tehran, Dr Abbas Sadri.

The workshop is aimed at ensuring the sustaining power of the literacy programmes, which have to be systematically reviewed, re-examined and evaluated from time to time so as to ensure their relevance and effectiveness.

The workshop also offers a platform for regional networks to address important issues in enabling students to develop the competencies of literacy that are so vital in the present century.

The regional workshop is attended by local and foreign participants comprising 19 local officials and four officials from fellow ISESCO member countries Malaysia, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The local participants consist of officials from the Department of Schools and teachers from various secondary schools under the Ministry of Education.

One of the main objectives of ISESCO is to achieve sustainable development by highlighting the role of education, science and culture.

The students of today live in a world where climate change and global warming have had catastrophic effects; where famine and illiteracy are still a problem; and where technology has brought about an explosion of information and greater global connectivity, it was stated during the workshop yesterday.

ISESCO is committed to reducing these problems and dealing with these changes. This includes reducing all forms of illiteracy, enhancing efforts towards more effective literacy programmes and reducing gaps by spreading the provision of literacy for all.

Topics to be discussed during the three-day workshop include “School-based Literacy Programmes”, “The Literacy Programme Evaluation Team”, “Evaluating the Literacy Programme – Scope, Sequence, Strategies and Resources”, and “Follow-Up Acton: The Role of Teachers and Administrators and Involving Stakeholders”.