Strengthening Pre-service Teacher Education
Project Title: STEM Location: Myanmar Client: UNESCO Date: September 2015 – September 2016
Montrose is providing support to the “Strengthening of Pre-service Teacher Education in Myanmar” (STEM) project, which aims to improve Myanmar’s pre-service teacher education system through policy and institutional capacity development in targeted Education Colleges, particularly in the areas of curriculum and pedagogy reforms and teacher education management, with ICT for education as a cross-cutting component.
Under Myanmar’s former military government (1962-2011), education was not a priority. Minimal funding and effort for much-needed reforms and improvements in the education sector was available during the period, resulting in obsolete structures and outdated teaching and learning methods. The education system has since suffered from a significant period of underinvestment, therefore making education reforms fundamental. Since 2012, the Ministry of Education has prioritised teacher education as a key reform area, recognising that improvement in the quality of teachers is essential to quality education and positive student learning outcomes.
Montrose is working closely with the Ministry of Education and Education Colleges in Myanmar to strengthen the programmes offered by Education Colleges through the restructuring and redesign of teacher training courses. This will be achieved by reviewing and piloting revised academic subject, training and co-curricular courses and bloc teaching experiences on offer in Education Colleges, as well as proposing a curriculum framework for revising the existing two-year diploma and a framework for the proposal of a four-year degree. The intention is that the frameworks will build on the challenges already identified and provide a pragmatic solution on how to address them. Recognising the complexities of implementing institutional change, a capacity development plan will also be developed to support teacher educators.