NEWTON, MA | June 15, 2011
Jennifer Ho will discuss EDC’s work in Indonesia at a June 17 congressional briefing titled Education in the Islamic World, sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and hosted by the Basic Education Coalition, of which EDC is a member.
Participants in the briefing will address the challenges of improving basic education in the Islamic world and highlight a range of programs that are improving quality education in Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Egypt. Discussion will center on programs that are improving quality education in government schools and partnering with Islamic schools with the goal of ensuring that children receive the life skills needed to build a strong economy and a stable society.
During EDC’s presentation, Ho will discuss initiatives to improve teaching and learning in Indonesia’s primary schools which are making strides to cultivate students’ higher order and critical thinking skills. To do this, EDC staff are training teachers to become facilitators, not lecturers, who use active learning practices, such as emphasizing student involvement in learning content and using technology as a learning tool. This work is part of the Decentralized Basic Education 2 (DBE2) project, which is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
The briefing takes place at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on June 17, at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Anna Rack-Roberts at the Basic Education Coalition at 202-884-8751.
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