Monday, 19 October 2015 12:27

Revision of Early Childhood Education Curriculum in Iraq

Erbil, 19 October 2015 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the central Ministry of Education (MoE), Baghdad, and MoE KRG, organised a six-day
workshop in Erbil, KR-Iraq to revise and update the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Curriculum (Kinder-Garten Curriculum for ages 4 and 5 years old). The workshop is the second one following the first one conducted in September 2015, when discussions and recommendations on the main concepts and goals of the ECE curriculum occurred. Curriculum documents from both MoEs were reviewed against the current theories and international best practices in ECE. The focus of the 6-day workshop held from 10-15 October is on finalizing the curriculum revision process paying attention to the developmental stages of children and integrating play-based and learner-centred approaches and pedagogy instead of the traditional way for learning from early stages. Twenty workshop participants were carefully selected based on their expertise either in the development or implementation of ECE curriculum. They went through careful examination and revisions during the 6 days with the leadership of key facilitator, Dr. Ilham Nasser, UNICEF Consultant, and two co-facilitators, Dr. Usama Hameed Hassan, Expert and member of ECD national committee, Federal MoE, and Ms. Newroz Abdullah A. Sammad, Director of ECE in MoE KR-I. In his opening remarks Dr. Majeed Al-Allaq, Director General Curriculum, Federal MoE, thanked UNICEF for its efforts in this initiative of revising and updating ECE Curriculum. He added that early childhood is a critical stage of human development and all efforts should be made to serve for the early learners especially by preparing curriculum that is appropriate for their developmental stages. In his opening remarks, Mr. Aras N. Abdullah highlighted the importance of children in our society and of supporting their learning and acquiring concepts, information and knowledge, as these will help them fulfil their potentials in the future. He concluded by saying that this important workshop held by UNICEF will have significant and positive results that would serve for improved learning for the early learners in Iraq. Dr. Ikem Chiejine, UNICEF Chief of Education in his welcome address thanked both ministries and participants, and highlighted the importance of the workshop in supporting the children and what they learn in their early years. In the end of the workshop, future course of actions was agreed, which include the training module development and master trainers training. Master trainers training will be conducted in December 2015. For further information please contact: Mr. Jeffery Bates UNICEF Iraq, +962796926190, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mr. Karim Elkorany UNICEF Iraq, +9647809258542, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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