WB seeks Kuwait’s aid to mold adept gen­er­a­tion

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT:

It is im­per­a­tive to co­op­er­ate with Kuwait to re­vamp ed­u­ca­tional cur­ricu­lums to cre­ate a new gen­er­a­tion ca­pa­ble of con­tribut­ing to the de­vel­op­ment of a ro­bust econ­omy, the World Bank (WB) said yes­ter­day.

These re­marks were made by WB Se­nior Ed­u­ca­tion Spe­cial­ist Dr Aye­sha Vawda in a state­ment to the press af­ter a work­shop or­ga­nized by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, in collaboration with the WB and a na­tional cen­ter for the de­vel­op­ment of ed­u­ca­tion.

More­over, Vawda noted that the pros and cons of an ed­u­ca­tional re­form pro­gram have been pin­pointed in this work­shop, in ad­di­tion to potential chal­lenges that could en­cum­ber this plan.

On Kuwait’s ap­proach to ed­u­ca­tional re­forms, she said that the coun­try has de­vel­oped solid cur­ricu­lums on the el­e­men­tary and mid­dle school level, which have been formed with skill and ef­fi­ciency.

The WB Ed­u­ca­tion Spe­cial­ist also heaped praise on lo­cal school ad­min­is­tra­tions for their ef­forts to usher in a se­ries of ed­u­ca­tional re­forms, as she noted that these schools be­long to some of the world’s most pre­em­i­nent ed­u­ca­tional sys­tems.

Speak­ing on potential chal­lenges en­coun­tered by teach­ers, Vawda said some of them have not in­cor­po­rated new teach­ing meth­ods in or­der to en­sure a solid ed­u­ca­tion, adding that teach­ers should be given firm sup­port as they help bring this new cur­ricu­lum to fruition. “I hope that this new ed­u­ca­tional re­forms pro­gram will help pave the way for a vi­brant job mar­ket and pro­duce students that can meet the needs of the job mar­ket,” she said.

The ed­u­ca­tional re­forms pro­gram is a na­tional pro­ject that aims to ame­lio­rate ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try, part of a broad de­vel­op­ment plan un­der­taken by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion. With a time­frame of five years, the pro­ject is at a to­tal cost of KD 10.6 mil­lion, with an an­nual KD 2.12 mil­lion bud­get ear­marked for ed­u­ca­tional courses and work­shops. — KUNA

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