Where in the West a student considers it the norm to have a fully equipped laboratories for science periods and computers available for ICT lessons, it is not a given in all the schools in the developing countries of the World.
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The Vice Chairman of the World Federation, Br. Munawer Ratansey, honoured the event with his warm welcome note to the participants. He stressed on the historic nature of the gathering and the importance for Schools to forge closer working relationships across boundaries.
The event was then taken forward by Br. Tehsin Takim, Vice Chairman of Africa Federation Education Board and also a co-facilitator of the forum. Tehsin introduced the main agenda of the forum and stated the key objectives that the forum would focus on, with emphasis given to Organizational Improvement, Innovation in Education and Building ‘people power’.
Participants were challenged, through the three working groups, to come up with two key objectives, that would take Community Schools to a higher level of professionalism, benchmarked against criteria known as SMART (Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, Timebound). The key objectives that came out at the top of the list were as follows:
Group A (Policies/Procedures and Best Practices)
•Value based international accreditation council for our schools (similar to CIS,ISO,IB,Q Fatima) to get unified standards for all Community Schools. Full implementation and compliance by 2024.
•Unified management software which could serve all schools globally and adapted locally. Implementation by 2017.
Group B (Sharing of resources /innovation in teaching methods)
•Increase use of technology in the classroom. Specifically through the creation of an online learning portal for teachers around the world to share successful lesson plans/resources, and for students to access relevant educational materials. Implementation by 2017.
•Establishing holistic learning framework by all schools and focus on academic/social/spiritual/emotional/physical – to be done through professional development team by 2017
Group C (Human Resources- upgrading skills amongst existing staff and management)
•Train staff in MBTI/Psychology of learning by June 2015.
•Teacher Exchange Programs – starting regionally with long term aim of going global. Implementation can start immediately.
ards of the World Federation and Africa Federation have undertaken a commitment to work as the Secretariat for this Forum and assist schools with required resources to bring the above objectives to fruition. However, the ownership and actual implementation of the objectives will remain firmly in the domain of each individual school.
Br. Mahmood Dhala, Assistant Secretary General for Education at the World Federation commented “having the 11 schools attend this first ever global school forum has seen our Community Schools open their resource to one another and forging of closer relationships amongst themselves with a greater awareness and understanding. This will Insha’Allah bring closer collaboration for us to develop shared aims and values amongst our schools”.
Br. Tehsin Takim, Vice Chairman of the Education Board of Africa Federation, stated “the amount of brain power we managed to harness from 11 schools in 3 hours was simply phenomenal. Our Community Schools will soar to tremendous heights through the power of the network they have created at this historic form”.
The Forum closed on a high note, with participants exchanging contacts, and making a commitment to share resources nationally, regionally and globally, for the greater good of all Community Schools.
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