MEPI e-learning project enters new phase [Archives:2005/815/Local News]

February 10 2005

The E-learning project funded by the U.S. Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) for selected Yemeni High Schools has entered a new phase of training. Twenty-five administrators and teachers from five Sana'a area high schools attended training from Jan. 29 – Feb. 2.

The training was administrated by a trainer from IEARN (International Education and Resource Network) and was overseen by EDC (Education Development Center, Inc.) representatives. The training developed entirely in Arabic, centered on the inclusion of Internet technologies for research and collaboration for the enhancement of the daily teaching curriculum. The current phase of the training builds on earlier training in student-centered instructional techniques.

To celebrate the conclusion of this phase of the training, a graduation ceremony was held at NCC in Sana'a on February 3. Present at the ceremony from the Yemeni Ministry of Education were Mohamad Said, Director of Training, and Assistant Deputy Minister Mohamad Zabara. Political/Economic Officer Noah Siegel and Information Specialist Esam Ghorbani attended from the American Embassy.

The administrators and students will continue intensive collaborative training until they return to train the teachers at their own schools. These “train-the-trainer” techniques ensure that each teacher in the selected schools is able to incorporate student-centered instructional techniques and include effective e-learning within their class.

Initial training continues this month at five selected e-learning schools in the Aden area. The two-year, US$ 1.7 million pilot project will eventually include 24 schools throughout different regions of Yemen.