2017 UNESCO/KOICA Joint Fellowship Programme was launched on the 4th of August at Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU). The programme is into its 11st year of implementation and a total of 25 educators from 13 African and 4 Asian countries participate in the Programme this year.
Co-sponsored by UNESCO Headquarters and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the programme runs for two months under the 4 main themes: “Teacher Training for Basic Education,” “Use of ICT for Education (or e-learning),” “Leadership in Global Education (Global Citizenship Education)”, and “Girl’s Education.”
This programme aims to enhance participants’ capacities and reorient their perspectives on education development through training. Various sessions on different topics in diverse forms will be provided to broaden the viewpoints of participants and to help them gain a deeper understanding on the topics as well as practical skills applicable to each participant’s contexts. In particular, participants are encouraged to learn about education development through analyzing the Korean experiences in reflective ways. For this, participants will conduct individual (research) project throughout the duration of the programme.
As part of the programme, a two-day workshop to develop GCED teaching and learning materials will be held under the topic of “Teachers.” Through the workshop, participants are expected to produce two story books that will introduce the stories of teachers in different parts of the world. The produced story books will be later utilized as learning materials for children in Africa, Asia-Pacific, and beyond. Also, participants will take field visits to GCED relevant sites in Korea, including the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) in Inje, Gangwon Province, study visits to elementary and secondary schools which implement GCED at school-level, and will be given an opportunity to interact with Korean educators and students.
This year’s programme is set to focus on strengthening the competencies and practical skills of participants through practicum and place-based learning, and on producing more concrete outcomes, such as individual project outcomes that can take a form of lesson plans, training modules and action research.