The a2i Programme, in close coordination with the Directorate of Primary Education and the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education, has been playing an instrumental role in revolutionizing the system of training teachers and creating educational content in Bangladesh. Teachers are no longer restricted in the content that have been passed along for decades in the schools spread across the country. Using the power of ICTs and being guided by a model content framework (developed by a2i and taken up by the government), the teachers can now create their own version of digital educational content using information available in government approved text book curriculum and the World Wide Web. Not only that, the teachers can share these contents over the “Teachers’ Portal” (an a2i initiative) with 127,000 other teachers so that others can also benefit from using these in their classes. And complementing this revolutionary change in the education pedagogy are the 80,000+ multimedia classrooms in primary and secondary schools.
On the occasion of the World Teachers’ Day, between 4th and 6th October, 2016, several of these pioneer teachers were invited to a Teachers’ Conference in BIAM Auditorium in the tourist district of Cox’s Bazar. With the slogan “Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status”, the core aim of this year’s summit has been to recognize the contribution made by the teachers who have directly participated in the ‘Teacher-led Digital Content Development Program’ or have taken inspiration from it and gone on to develop digital contents for their classrooms. The summit has provided opportunity for the teachers to share effective pedagogical practices and gain professional perspectives through their interaction with fellow educators.
From the total number of teachers who have developed more than 1054 contents through the model content making framework, 41 teachers were awarded for their outstanding contribution in developing quality digital contents. But these teachers could not have made it this far if it was not for the support from the head teachers, and so 40 selected head teachers received ‘leadership awards’ for their support and guidance to the content developers. A total of 77 teachers, who have made it to the ‘Best Teacher of the Week’list in the Teachers’ Portal through a virtual voting and user rating based system,were awarded for their contribution to the portal. Similarly, 35 content developers has been rewarded for being best content creators at the “Multimedia Content Development Competition” in 2014 and 2015.
Honourable Minister of the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education (MoPME) advocate Mr. Mostafizur Rahman MP was present as the Chief Guest at the conference. Acting Secretary of the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education Mr. Mohammad Asif-Uz-Zaman, Director General of the Directorate of Primary Education Mr. Md. Alamgir, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Education Dr. MollahZalal Uddin, and Director General (Admin) of Prime Minister’s Office and Project Director of a2i Programme Mr. Kabir Bin Anwar were also present in the event.