AIOU to launch teacher education program of distance mode

Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) will formally launch teachers’ training program for distance learning system from autumn 2018 semester. It will be a certificate program for a period of six months. The AIOU is first in the country providing training to the teachers, engaged in providing education through online or distance learning system.
The program is being started on the instructions of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui who attached high importance to quality education, said Dr. Muhammad Ajmal, Chairman Distance and Non-formal Education.
The program will meet the requirements of trained teachers in the field of literacy and Non-formal education.
It has been designed in collaboration of UNESCO, JICA and Federal Ministry of Education. This is also the first-ever program which will mainly benefit the marginalized section of the society.
The program is based on Accelerated education curriculum prepared by Federal Ministry of Education and Professional Training.
Multi-grade teaching, use of Moocs and Moodles are the salient features of this program.
The female students of Balochistan and rural areas of sindh will be specially benefited by this program as they are being given exemptions in fee, as decided by the Vice chancellor.
It may be mentioned here that UNESCO has recently acknowledged contribution of AIOU in establishing Adult Literacy Center and organizing such training programs.
Meanwhile, the University will soon hold a conference on literacy and non-formal education. The department is also planning to publish a quality journal in the discipline of non-formal education for the benefit of academia and researchers.—INP

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