Alistair and I are preparing for the first of three visits to Juba in South Sudan with the aim of developing an English Language Policy Framework for Teachers in Primary schools for the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) through UNICEF and the Windle Trust. We will be meeting the main sponsors and training research assistants to help us investigate attitudes towards English, its use in classrooms and methods teachers use with input from MoEST officials, head teachers, County Education Directors, inspectors, teachers and learners. We also hope to be visiting some classrooms.
It’s good to know that Alistair’s recent work in Afghanistan is starting to bring results. We are all passing each other at airports at the moment. Alistair has just come back from Pyongyang after evaluating UK-funded education support in North Korea. I am off to Ethiopia on Saturday to review a Peacekeeping English Project and Claire will be travelling to Montenegro on Sunday to start off a three-year project there that we have been planning with the British Council.
Alistair and I are using this week to prepare for two different consultancies. I am reading reports and policies on English language and literacy education in South Sudan. I’ll be in the country for 10 days later this month looking at how different agencies are contributing to these areas with the aim of helping develop a new national strategy. Alistair is starting orientation training for his upcoming visit to Afghanistan…
Over the past two weeks I’ve been conducting a scoping study in Algeria with my colleagues Jean Wilson and Simon Smith. We looked at the teaching and learning of English in the four grades of State Middle School. Here are some pictures of happy and active classrooms from across the country.