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Pakistan Training Testimonal
Following our recent series of successful training programmes for senior school leaders in Pakistan we received a testimonial from Arshad Javed (Headteacher at Jogiwara Peshawar City).
In July 2011, I was informed that Education department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had
arranged 20 days training on topic of “School Cluster Heads Training” in Islamabad and
I was invited to attend. The programme would consist of 5 modules and every module
will be of four days, each module taking place within an interval of 15 days. We were
also told that Empathi Cymru Ltd. will be conducting this training.
When we were coming to Islamabad, we were bit suspicious about the workshop,
whether it will be successful or not. We were also suspicious about the English language
problem, our thoughts were, whether we would be able to understand the foreigners or
not. We were pleasantly surprised on the very first day! We were warmly welcomed by
the trainers and the day was very interesting and we enjoyed it as well as learning.
All of our trainers were professionally sound and their untiring efforts helped us in
broaden our vision and our learning of new things. The process which started on the
very first day, continued until the end of the fifth module, twenty days of training. It was
clear that selection of the topics was carefully made. The training was delivered through
activity-based learning and we were always fully involved in the learning process.
Knowledge and experiences of one another were shared and we learned how to deal
with the problems. The most interesting feature of the training was level of motivation
of the trainers which helped the delegates to take positive initiatives.
The most important thing that I learnt in the workshop was setting of vision and the
collection and analysis of data. Vision helps us in self evaluation. After self-evaluation,
a person reaches a position of knowing about his/her strengths and weaknesses and in
light of those strengths and weaknesses then one can exploit the opportunities and deal
School improvement planning and classroom strategies were topics of great interest for
all of us. Whenever we came back to our schools after attending one module, we came
up with different thoughts and tried to implement the things we learned. Staff of the
school is our strength. We took them into the confidence and have started to bring very
positive changes in our schools.
On 14 February 2012, the annual inspection of my school took place. The District
Education Officer along with his team visited my school. They appreciated my school
building, response of the staff and response of the students. My school was declared as
Model School and I was told that visits of other Headteachers and senior teachers will
be arranged in my schools to help them learn new things here; this is a great honour for
me personally and for my school. The confidence of the parents and community about
the image of my school has also increased and a great deal of the credit really goes to
professional trainers of Empathi Cymru Ltd.
All the participants of the workshop were so happy with the course that none of
them missed any of the modules; however, they felt that the time was so short and
topics were of such great importance, the workshop should be extended from 20 to
30 days; it would then be more fruitful and beneficial for delegates. On the last day
of the workshop, in the evaluation session, delegates expressed their satisfaction and
appreciation of the efforts of the trainers and expressed their commitment that being as
leaders we shall all implement whatever we have learned from our resource persons.
Head Master GHS Jogiwara Peshawar City