The end of August marked another milestone for the Guatemala system’s change consortium as the team finalized a draft of our 3rd phase manual. This is currently being edited and will soon be sent for further graphics and development before being printed. This manual will work closely with teachers on the concept of feedback and professional growth in many classroom and educational topics. Additionally, the concept of 21st century learning skills for the learning community and how to promote these in the classroom will be discussed.
The team is also reviewing the 1st and 2nd phase manuals to see how the concepts and values which had already been introduced and which were related to the 21st century skills framework can be made more explicit.
We believe that this is also important, especially in light of the SDG4 Transforming Education summit, which was held mid-September in New York around the UN General Assembly days. Due to COVID school closures, a lot of work needs to be done in education, especially in our region which accounted for several of the longest school closures in the world.
In September, the World Bank together with UNCESO, UNICEF, USAID and others wrote a report on moving ‘From learning recovery to Education Transformation’ introducing a RAPID framework. See this link for further information.
The framework calls to: Reach every child and keep them in school, Assess learning levels regularly, Prioritize teaching the fundamentals, Increase the efficiency of instruction including through catch-up learning, and Develop psychosocial health and well-being.
As a consortium we are aligned with this call within our teacher training program which you can see in the picture below.
Investing in future generations
Through our manuals, which are currently helping around 50,000 teachers and hope to help 30,000 more in 2023, we continue to invest through and with teachers for the lives of future generations of Guatemalans.