Karachi: At a ceremony organized by Oxford University Press (OUP) at the 31st SPELT Conference at Habib Public School, 16 teachers from different schools in Karachi were awarded certificates upon the successful completion of a course held as part of the Oxford Teachers’ Academy (OTA).
While addressing teachers and the media present on the occasion, Ameena Saiyid, Managing Director, Oxford University Press Pakistan, said that the OTA is a first-of-its-kind professional development programme launched in Pakistan for school teachers.
The OTA courses, developed by Oxford University Department of Continuing Education and Oxford University Press, provide quality teacher training which help teachers develop the skills they need to meet teaching and learning goals. Teachers who successfully complete the course and provide evidence of learning are awarded a certificate by the University of Oxford. “This is the first time in the history of Pakistan that school teachers are being awarded certificates endorsed and issued by the University of Oxford,” she further added.
The OTA has run courses in over 30 countries, for more than 15 years, making a difference through education and learning to thousands of teachers and students. The courses constitute interactive presentations, role-plays, video clips, energizers, case studies, individual and group presentations, as well as group discussions to consolidate successful learning.
The first OTA course in Pakistan ‘Principles of Teaching Young Learners’ was held in Islamabad and Karachi in June and in Lahore in August. Aimed at teachers working with children aged 6 to10 years, it addressed pedagogical challenges and offered ideas to improve their teaching methodologies. The 86 participants found the course practical, interactive, and experiential.