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A new chapter in the teaching profession

Making greeting cards for their friends in the partner school/ © Rahinur Islam

16.12.2011

By Rahinur Islam, Assistant Teacher
Amena-Baki Residential Model School
Chirirbandar, Dinajpur

The teaching profession is considered one of the most respectful professions. Personally, it is a pleasure to be a teacher. I never thought that I could do something innovative for the students through teaching and learning. We have always had the traditional ways of teaching in Bangladesh, but now the trends have been changed. The students are curious to learn something new, something innovative. They like to ask, to research and evaluate. 

This generation is technology based so  they have a need to constantly update themselves. There is a common question among teachers and that that is how can teachers  provide or fulfill their demands.

We are twenty seven teachers from different schools in Bangladesh and assisted the PBL (Project Base Learning) training in June, 2011 by UNESCO. Before that, we were more than 200 teachers among 15 cluster center schools under TQU-SEP (Teaching Quality Improvement-Secondary School Project) that got training on Online School projects available through the British Council. Both the British Council and UNESCO have made it possible to participate on these projects. We are very thankful to the British Council and UNESCO for the nomination to attend the regional seminar on Innovative ICT practice in Education in Bangkok on October, 2011.

Now, my students are learning from their books. They ask  questions confidently, they are learning by active participation. They research any topic given by the teachers and work in groups. They can evaluate and point priorities to their classmates. They are learning and enjoying their own creative works. They are now capable of making a finalized product out of their lessons.

The most effective skill that the students learned would be computer skills. They are now skilled in computer literacy as well as practicing ICT in their daily course of  study. They are using Skype for video chatting, search anything related with their lessons from Wikipedia by using the internet. Even  participate in various types of IT competitions and fairs. Our teachers are also taking at least two classes  a week using multimedia. Power Point presentation is now a regular part of their study. I am very grateful to UNESCO for the CD ROMs which are playing vital roles in their studies. 

One very important issue for me is that our school is situated in a rural area of Bangladesh. Once, they were so far behind with  technologies or computer and ICT; but now they are quickly catching up with technology, computer skills and ICT usage along with the rest of the world.. By using ICT, they are sharing their thoughts, ideas and work with  other countries around the world. My students can download limitless important learning materials from the internet. We created a social networking profile with our school name (Amena-Baki Residential Model School) on Facebook. Now they are uploading their school activities and sharing them with the world.

Lastly, I can say that ICT is a must in education, both for the students and the teachers. We, as teachers, need to learn more and more and provide students with the necessary tools to enable them to reach their full potential. Thanks to the British Council and UNESCO, we are able to do provide just that.