DOT-COM Activity: Yemen - ICTs for the Improvement of Education and Female Role Models
Short Description: This project aims to connect a sample group of schools in Yemen to the Internet in order to improve teachers ability to facilitate student-centered lessons and improve student learning, especially by girls.
Phase/Type of Activity: Signed Award Status: Active
Start date: June 30, 2003 End Date: June 30, 2006
Person(s) to contact
Helen Boyle , Project Director
Internet in Yemeni High Schools , Education Development Center
Full Description: As part of the dot-EDU mechanism, this project aims to connect a sample group of schools in Yemen to the Internet in order to (1) improve teachers ability to facilitate student-centered lessons, including inquiry teaching and cooperative learning, by providing them with online connections to peers in Yemen, the region, and the United States, (2) improve student learning by allowing Yemeni students, and girls in particular, to do research, access information, and share information with other students in Yemen, the region, and the United States, and (3) assess the impact of the Internet as a teaching and learning tool in schools in Yemen.
In the school selection process to choose which schools will participate in the project, the selection committee is leaning more towards female schools for the project. SOUL, a female-operated NGO, is currently carrying out the Girls Barriers to ICT Access study. Project director, Helen Boyle spent time in Yemen during early April to plan on the unrolling of the program in Sanaa, Aden and the other regions where the project will be operating; discuss the timeline for the project, the connectivity status of the remaining target schools, and next steps for EDC, World links and iEARN; visit the schools in Sanaa that have been wired; as well as visit schools where wiring is underway; identify and meet the pool of teachers from the schools that are ready to undergo training; and begin preparing for EDC's delivery of basic training to schools.
Update 2 (July-Sept. 2004):
WordLinks has begun providing basic computer training for teachers in the selected high schools and EDC has similarly begun providing training in student-centered teaching in the same locations.
Update 3 (January-March 2005):
By the end of March, EDC had finished the Student Centered Training in Aden 25 trainees (school principals and teachers) benefited from the training.
Update 4 (November-December 2005):
The 25 master trainers in the program schools in Aden delivered the basic computer and internet training to 214 of their colleagues. This gave the teachers the skills to use computers and the internet with their students and for their lessons. Additionally, the project partner, IEARN, reinforced the face-to-face training of the master trainers with online courses on how to using the internet as a professional development tool for the teachers. In Sanaa schools, the teachers are using the student-centered techniques and technology in their everyday lessons and lessons preparation. They also continue to use the computer labs with their students to do research and prepare presentations.
Development Sector(s): Basic Education, Women in Development
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