Microsoft completes Bahrain programme
Manama, April 9, 2008
Microsoft has successfully completed the first round of the Microsoft Peer Coaching Programme in Bahrain.
Twenty Ministry of Education (MOE) teachers attended the programme which complements a series of joint efforts between the MOE and Microsoft to provide improved information and communication technology (ICT) education to students at Bahraini schools under Microsoft’s Partners in Learning (PiL) global initiative.
Under the PiL global initiative, Microsoft is partnering with governments, ministries of education, and other key stakeholders to offer a variety of educational resources that empower teachers and students alike to realise their full potential.
The PiL initiative stimulates teachers to improve the standard of education by incorporating technology into their daily educational curriculum.
“We are very proud of the first batch of graduates from the Microsoft Peer Coaching program in Bahrain,” said country manager, Microsoft Bahrain, Badea Esbai.
The Peer Coaching Programme is designed to help schools implement a professional development model that can enhance standards-based instruction by assisting teachers to offer students engaging, technology rich, learning activities.
The Peer Coaching Programme will train teacher leaders to serve as peer coaches for their colleagues. As coaches, these teachers will assist their peers in identifying ways that technology can strengthen classroom curriculum and enhance their students’ academic achievements.
The MOE’s target is to have all its teachers and instructors trained in instructional technology within the next two years.
Participants of Microsoft’s Peer Coaching programme received hands on training and expert guidance on instructional strategies that will help them integrate technology into teaching and learning. In addition to improving their ICT knowledge, the programme also helped teachers to build their communication and collaboration skills. – TradeArabia News Service