Provincial training programs are enabling local educators
Aasiya was recruited through a competitive, merit-based process by the Government of Balochistan’s Education Department in 2016, through the Balochistan Education Project (BEP).
As part of recent education reforms, the provincial government has endeavored to find female teachers from local districts, to improve access to education for children, especially girls.
She is one of approximately 1200 other teachers who were hired through this process.
Many teachers, including Aasiya, attended a compulsory, comprehensive teacher training program. This was conducted by the Provincial Institute for Teacher Education (PITE), where teachers recruited across Balochistan are trained before being assigned to their stations.
Depending on the number of available teachers and to ensure cost effectiveness, trainings are organized in clusters at the provincial, division and district levels. Aasiya took both the Elementary School Teacher training in Math, Science and English modules, and the Early Childhood Education (ECE) national curriculum training built on play-based learning.
In the next room, students sit together from first grade and kindergarten (KG), or as it is known locally ‘katchi’, repeating the alphabet after their teacher, Afshan, as she shows them flash cards of each letter.
They are surrounded by colorful artwork made by teachers and students. ECE classrooms are designed to be child-friendly environments. The classroom is home to the ECE Learning Corners – six child-sized tables dedicated to Language & Literacy; Mathematics; Science & Social Studies; Art; Health; and Hygiene, Safety and Personal & Social Development.
The puppets and flash cards are part of the Learning Kits provided by the Balochistan Education Project (BEP), a subsidiary of the Education Department, as part of their Pehla Taleemi Basta (First Learning Backpack). The kits are also filled with supporting learning materials to help ECE educators teach through interactive and engaging activities.