“Educate a girl, Change the world”-CAI’s winter teacher training concluded in Gilgit
By: Haider Ali Gojali
GILGIT, [SOSTODAY]: A 17-day Central Asia Institute CAI-sponsored winter teacher training concluded on 17th January in Gilgit Pakistan under the guidance of CAI-Gilgit. 74 community and CAI sponsored teachers (17 male and 57 female) attendined the training, who traveled from small villages near and far districts of Gilgit Baltistan (Hunza, Ghizar, Nagar, Astore, Diamer, Gilgit and Yarkhun,Brughil of KPK. In this 2016 winter session, they had 70 percent community based or volunteer teachers and 30 percent CAI-Gilgit supported teachers A new effort and improvement for CAI Gilgit is that they have started supporting in new areas of Gilgit Baltistan, such as the Astore District and Nagar District, and it is their desire to continue our support in these areas and beyond in the future.”
The teacher trainings were designed to specifically address the national curriculum 2006 subject competencies, but they are also customized to suit the needs of these teachers in remote regions with little in the way of books and supplies.
Beyond lesson plan training in social studies, math, English and science, other CAI training topics typically include things like tips for setting up a classroom, discipline, teacher/student relationships, classroom management skills, dealing with different levels of intelligence, developing oral communication and listening skills, comprehension, techniques for analyzing topics, the characteristics of a great teacher, and more. CAI organizes summer and winter camps, trainings and refresher courses for community sponsored teacher each year. In this connection, the recent “Teachers Training Program 2016” from first to 16th January 2016 was programmed here in Gilgit, the capital City of Gilgit Baltistan.
To promote education in the region and specially focus on girls education in the far flung, remote, inaccessible and deprived mountainous areas of Gilgit-Balttistan and Brughel Chitral, Central Asia Institute (CAI) has numerous project of constructing Schools and colleges building, scholarship awards for needy students and others educational development projects. Most of these projects are in those areas where the government and other non-governmental organization couldn’t reach so far. These communities live in extreme poverty and even don’t have access to basic facilities.
Saidullah Baig, CEO CAI-G said that, “Here, we help to develop what’s called “community initiated education,” meaning that the community enlists and supports those with teaching potential. CAI in turn hosts teacher trainings to ensure that those stepping into a classroom are well equipped to handle everything from behavior issues and motivational skills to curriculum building and course preparation. Teachers from other non-CAI affiliated outlying schools are also encouraged to attend, supporting our overarching goal of educating girls in remote communities, whether they are CAI-affiliated or not.”
Professor Sultan Ahmed said that, “CAI is working for decades to promote education in the remote mountainous regions of northern Pakistan and Brughel KPK. I must salute to Saidullah Baig and his team for their tremendous job, they are not working only in Hunza and Ghizer districs they are committed to work in all remote areas of Gilgit Baltistan and their beneficiaries are expanding day by day. Talking about the teachers training he said, CAI has invested much on their teachers and students, now it is your responsibility to deliver these skills and knowledge in the classroom. This is a start, not an end, every day is important for a teacher. If you are committed to yourselves, the sky is limit for you and teachers build the nation.”
Gulshad, a CAI sponsored teacher said, “When I moved from my home to attend the training, I thought how will be the environment, behavior of resource persons and CAI management but, during the fifteen days trining I learned new teaching skills, methodologies and techniques. I am really inspired by our resource persons. Thank you Saidullah Baig and the whole team of CAI-G for providing us opportunity to develop our skills and knowledge. Shukurya, CAI. (Gulshad)
Ahmed Saleem, Chairman Board of Directors CAI-G said, “This is crystal clear that CAI has given much more to the community through Saidullah Baig’s individual approach. This organization was started from a remote village of Gojal and now it has grown to the whole regions of Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral. Our vision is to promote education in the most vulnerable communities. We are making policies and strategies to serve the hopeless people and empower them through quality education. We have a team of educated, experienced and committed members and management staff,” he added.
Central Asia Institute (CAI) has also been working in the remote regions of Afghanistan and Tajikistan for many year having 205 projects in Afghanistan and 10 projects in Tajikistan in education, health and vocational centers in both countries. The organization has 235 different projects in Pakistan including 92 school buildings, supporting 55 schools, 35 vocational and literacy programs, 10 community programs, 28 public health programs, 5 scholarship programs, and 10 teacher support programs.