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Education Resource and Information Centre (ERIC)

Education Resource and Information Centre (ERIC) was established in January 1999 with the assistance and cooperation of the Australian Govt. and the Australian Volunteers International (AVI). www.australianvolunteers.com. It was inaugurated by Mr. Geoff Allens the High Commissioner of Australia in Islamabad.

Establishment :
Sr. Patricia Kennedy (Founder)
Ms. Anita Cole (Co-Founder)
Ms. Angelika Weller (Patron)


Our faculty members are as follows:
Ms. Farzana Nazli
Ms. Rahat Bibi
Ms  Aqeela Azeem
Ms. Yumna Rana


Lest we forget the former faculty & benefactors !!
From June 1998 to December 1999, services of Ms.Anita Cole an Australian Volunteer from Brisbane can never be forgotten in the difficult period of establishment of ERIC and development of training courses alongside Sr. Patricia Kennedy. Similarly, services of Volunteer Teacher Trainers Ms.Geni Sexton from Melbourne (Oct' 2000 - Dec' 2002), Ms.Jenny Learmont from Canberra (Jan to July 2003), Ms.Diedre Roberts from Adelaide (Dec' 03 to Feb' 04), Mr.John Darren Green from UK (2002 & 2005), Ms.Fazila Aswat from South Africa (April to Oct 2007) and Consultants Ms.Sharon Wright & Ms.Geraldine Ditchburn (Perth) will always be remembered and cherished by all those who benefitted from their work and cultural exchanges.

ERIC could not have been established without the relentless and selfless support of Ms.Conny Lenneberg the former Head of Asia Bureau of the AVI and the management. Presently, she is the Head of Development of the World Vision International (Australia).

Functions / How it works

ERIC supports the community by providing:

  • in-service training to teachers and pre- service training to community members interested in pursuing teaching careers.
  • basic training courses for teachers of informal schools whether community based, home or elsewhere. These courses have been tested successfully in ZKF projects.
    training for parents who wish to be more involved in their children's education.
  • a reference library for teachers which includes subject specific and education based resources.
  • a data base of trained teachers who are available for employment, to assist trainees in finding work and support private schools in their search for trained, capable staff.
  • orientation programs for expatriate NGO staff to enable familiarisation with Pakistan's culture and languages as well as providing living skills and a working knowledge of the region.
  • offers overseas education guidance and IELTS coaching classes.
  • environmental tours for visitors to educate them about local culture, heritage, wildlife, flora & fauna as well as other social issues. Revenue from these tours is used to support ERIC project activities.

It is sad that the only profession which can be adopted without any training or skill in the private sector in Pakistan is Teaching. It is unique in the world too !

In order to find well trained teachers in the community, the respective Principals or Directors of these schools can refer all those applicants looking for teaching jobs to ERIC for pre and in-service training on their own cost so that they are given preference in selection for jobs. This is the least one can do to increase the number of trained teachers available for employment.

ERIC services are available throughout NWFP on demand. Representatives and faculty members are based in Abbottabad and Islamabad also.


Practical teacher training is offered in a course consisting of three modules which is very comprehensive


MODULE-A
Emphasises the importance of reflection and planning in education.
The topics covered include:

BEING A REFLECTIVE TEACHER
* The Teacher's Role
* The Aims of Schools
* Good Teachers

IDEAS ABOUT LEARNING
* Categories of Learning
* Human Development
* The Learning Environment

DEVELOPING PLANNING SKILLS
* The Planning Process
* Learning Objectives
* Subject Matter
* Writing a Format for Daily Planning


Module-A comprises of 24 contact hours covered in a mutually agreed & convenient period.
Pre-service Module-A has an additional 12 hours practical component, which totals 36 contact hours.


MODULE-B
Provides opportunities for teachers to discover new teaching strategies and activities as well as developing their instructional skills. This workshop incorporates a practical component where teachers are assessed on their lesson planning and teaching. The topics covered include:

CLARITY OF COMMUNICATION
* Beginning the Lesson
* Concluding a Lesson
* Questioning and Responding
* Selecting and Using Instructional Resources

DEVELOPING TEACHING STRATEGIES
* Broadcast Strategy
* Drill Strategy
* Exposition Strategy
* Demonstration Strategy and others


MODULE-C
Develops the trainee's management skills and techniques for student evaluation. The topics covered include:

MANAGEMENT SKILLS
* Preventing Management Problems
* Techniques for Responding to Inappropriate Child Behavior
* Punishment / Discipline strategies

EVALUATING STUDENT LEARNING
* The Purposes of Evaluation
* Key Concepts in Evaluation
* Evaluative Techniques
* Teacher-Made Tests
* Interpreting Student Performance

Modules B & C comprises 30 hours

Schools interested in having a training course designed for a particular need should contact the Centre's Coordinator or Director.
So far, 58 short workshops are offered regularly and are advertised in a newsletter. Up to date information about courses are available on the web.

List of Short Courses

Fee Schedule

List of School Benefitted by ERIC

Spoken English Language Classes

ERIC offers top class Teacher Training through its Australian trained faculty
It is very unfortunate fact of life in Pakistan that despite highest educational qualification and even top position holders may not be able to speak or communicate in English language just because they did not get enough exposure to English. It is also an ironic fact that most job interviews in private and public sector are taken in English language. Hence a large segment of such candidates continue to lag behind in selections and thus remain un-employed.

ERIC offers specially designed Spoken English courses which makes any educated person to be fluent in English after one month training.