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Collaboration with Alif Laila Book Bus Services and Creative Partnerships

Lahore College for Women University recently signed a Document of Understanding on a project in collaboration with Alif Laila Book Bus Services and Creative Partnerships.

Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE) is an international foundation dedicated to unlocking the creativity of children and young people in and out of formal education.

Creative Partnerships (CP) is CCE’s best-known programme and is the largest and longest-running programme of its kind in the world. Its success in UK led to it being adapted and introduced in a number of other countries in Europe and other in other countries around the world.

Creative Partnerships (CP) is widely recognized as an international leader in bringing arts, culture and creative approaches into the classroom.  CP supports the development of young people’s creativity by bringing artists into schools to work alongside teachers on long term projects in the curriculum. Alongside developing the creativity of learners, CP is a professional development programme for teachers and it supports them to develop new skills and introduce more creative approaches to teaching and learning.  The programme was recognized by the World Innovation Summit for Education in 2011where it received the WISE award for its outstanding contribution to innovation in world education.
Students and teachers from Institute of Education and Institute of Visual arts and Design are participating in this project. After intensive training sessions held by the Director of Creative Partnerships Ms Diane Naylor Fisher and the Project Manager Amna Hassan and her team of Alif Laila Book Bus Services, student internees along with CP mentors will be placed in partner schools where they will work on specific identified challenges and offer creative and sustainable solutions. Whilst these challenges will vary across schools, the common thread of all the projects will be the partnership work between teachers, pupils and interning student teachers.

World Teacher’s Day

The Institute of Education organized a seminar and walk on the 5th of October, to celebrate World Teacher’s Day. The event was celebrated on the orientation day of the B.Ed. Semester I students. The teachers of B.Ed. Hons Elementary and BS Hons Secondary made the event interesting for the students. The students took part in many interactive and engaging activities in the student Service center. They later joined the teachers in a walk around the campus to raise awareness about the role of teachers in the society.

1st International Educational Conference

1st International Educational Conference, hosted by the Institute of Education, Lahore College for Women University was held at the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club in Lahore on 2nd Nov 2016. The conference addressed the theme of “Building Knowledge Competencies for Sustainable Development in Asia: Achieving the Goals of Life Long Learning”. Vice Chancellor Lahore College for Women University, Prof. Dr.Uzma Quraishi in her inaugural address emphasized that to achieve Sustainable Development, we need to change the way we think and act. This can be made possible through quality education and learning for sustainable development at all levels and in all social contexts.

The conference intended to address the objectives of identifying certain areas of knowledge convergences which are conducive for making United Nation’s identified knowledge competencies work in the Asian context and beyond. It addressed three key areas upholding the cause of UN’s call for an inclusive and equitable quality education for sustainable development.
These themes among others were the topics of the keynote speakers Prof. Dr. Saeeda Shah, University of Leicester, UK, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Memon, Agha Khan University, Pakistan, Prof. Dr. Munawar Sultana Mirza, Leads University, Pakistan and Dr .Naim Syed, Associate Assistant Vice President at University of Connecticut Health and Janet Syed, Merrimack College, USA, Dr. Sazali Bin Yousoff, Director, Institute of Teacher Education Malaysia and Dr. Siti Salina Binti Mustakim, Institute Aminuddin Baki, Ministry of Education, Malaysia. Distinguished guest Mr Kamran Lashari also addressed the youth and encouraged them to explore various facets of life and extend their learning beyond classrooms.

The three day international conference drew a large number of students and faculty countrywide and from across the continents, encouraging detailed deliberations on developing sustainable knowledge competencies of communication, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration for life-long learning and how universities should play their role in policy decisions, and lead the way towards sustainable education.

Dr. Martin Valcke from Ghent University Belgium, has visited LCWU

Dr. Martin Valcke, Head Department of Educational Studies, from Ghent University Belgium, has visited LCWU on 15th February 2016 for making research collaboration with Institute of Education. Dr. Martin will collaborate for reviewing and revising BS & MS Education courses to add the component of entrepreneurship. Department of Educational Studies, Ghent University will collaborate with Institute of Education, LCWU for HEC projects of faculty and student exchange for 2016. Dr. Martin will also work as external supervisor for selected candidates of PhD Education.

Teaching Grammar in EFL Contexts: Is there a right way?

Dr. Asma Shahid Kazi  participated in the 31st SPELT International Conference as  Workshop Facilitator and Panellist.

Dr. Asma Shahid Kazi  conducted a workshop and served as a panelist on the topic “Teaching Grammar in EFL Contexts: Is there a right way?” at 31st International Conference " ELT Traditions and Innovations” hosted by Society of Pakistan English Language Teachers, held in Abbottabad from 21st to 22nd November.

Visit of Dr. Victoria Showunmi under HEC Faculty Strengthening Project

Dr. Victoria Showunmi from Institute of Education, University College London, visited Institute of Education for conducting a workshop for Writing and Publishing research articles and Grant Projects form 2nd November 2015 to 6th November 2015. All faculty members of the institute and PhD scholars attended the workshop.

Paper presented in Malaysia by Dr. Afifa Khanam

Dr. Afifa Khanam presented a paper, “Morality or mechanics: A dilemma for educational leaders of 21st century” at the  4th Regional Conference on Educational Leadership and Management (RCELAM) 2015 held from 16 - 19 November 2015  at Institute Aminuddin Baki Genting Highlands Branch, Pahang, Malaysia.

Workshops by Dr. Martin from Gent University, Belgium

Dr. Martin visited Lahore College for Women University for sharing his expertise in research and conducted a session with Faculty of Institute of Education and MS scholars on 20th October 2015.

UK visit by Dr Fakhra Aziz to participate in the British Academy Research Project

Dr Fakhra Aziz from Institute of Education (IOE) attended a research workshop on mapping women academics’ careers (funded by the British Academy 2012-2015 and led by the University of Leicester and Institute of Education, University of London) held in University College London, UK. This project aims to establish sustainable collaboration between two UK and four Pakistani HE institutions. The project aims at research training, for research capacity building by mentoring researchers in Pakistani institutions. In addition, a study investigating 'Mapping Women Academics' Careers in Pakistan' is being conducted.

World Literacy Day - Celebrations

A seminar on literacy was arranged by The Department of Education in collaboration with the Economics Department on September 11, 2013. Dr. Afifa Khanam inaugurated the session by the recitation of the Holy Quran. Dr. Ghazala spoke on literacy rate and problems faced by the nation. Prof. Riffat Saqlain spoke on the eradication of poverty, directly linking it with poor standard of Education. She emphasized that many social evils could be addressed through literacy and motivated the students to tackle the problem hands on. Ms. Tallat stressed on the association between education and entrepreneurship and encouraged students to focus on self reliance. Ms. Seema Bokhari spoke on dignity of labour and patriotism. She said that the students are the builders of the nation and they have to initiate change and development. The seminar invited discussion from other faculty members, participants and educators.

World Teachers’ Day

A Seminar was conducted on Oct 4, 2013, to emphasise the role of teachers in providing quality education at all levels. Faculty members and students from the Institute of Education spoke on the occasion in honour of our heroes in the classroom- the teachers.

Teachers from the ADE Inservice program were included in the seminar. Participants were given bookmarks and mementos as tokens of appreciation.

Faculty Development

Study Tour: Teacher Education – Philippines USAID funded project  

Faculty members from Pakistani universities and senior officials from the provincial education departments were sent for an eleven day study tour to the Philippines, organized by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The tour was hosted by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation, Regional Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO-INNOTECH) in Manila, a leading education centre in Southeast Asia.  During the study tour, the participants explored different models and systems of teacher professional development and in-service education, and met the Philippines Commission on Higher Education to learn about its accreditation program for teacher education. The participants also visited university campuses, and elementary and secondary schools to study teacher education programs. They were also informed about distance education modalities and technology-based approaches to delivering teacher education. This opportunity gave them firsthand knowledge about the bridging courses being used in the Philippines for continuous professional development of their in-service/ practicing teachers, consequently making them more resourceful and able to incorporate what they have learned into the Pakistan context.

Dr Uzma Quraishi (Director IoE), and Dr Asma Shahid Kazi (Coordinator ADE) from the Institute of Education, Lahore College for Women University were nominated/selected to be a part of the study tour arranged by the USAID to Philippines

ACER Training PEC
 Faculty members participated in a week long workshop held by Punjab Examination Commission     (PEC), in collaboration with Australian Council for Education Research     (ACER), on testing and item writing from 10th -14th Dec

GIZ Training : Punjab Textbook Board
•    Item development Workshop, PEAS
Faculty members were invited as reviewers of Punjab Assessment Programme for Literacy and Numeracy [Paplan] G-III, English Literacy Assessment Framework, by Punjab Education Assessment System (PEAS) Government of the Punjab, School Education Department.
   An extension activity of two day item writing [Capacity Building] Workshop in the subjects   of language [Urdu, English], Mathematics and General Knowledge for Punjab Assessment Programme for Literacy and Numeracy [PAPLAN] Grade-3, from Nov 11-12, 2013, and a four day item writing workshop from Dec 3-6, 2013.

Student Development

•    Top up seminars
•    Workshops
•    Fund raising
•    ACP Projects
•    Practicum: Public Schools, Govt. Of Punjab, Pakistan

Out Reach

Teacher Training GOTKI, Sind , Pakistan

An intensive training program was held at the Educators School in Ghotki, in November 2012. The focus of the session was on Early Childhood Education. An expert trainer was hired for this purpose. Dr. Uzma Quraishi, Head, Department of Education, and Ms Sajeela Ali also conducted sessions with the teachers.

Teacher Training; Rahim Yar Khan , South Punjab, Pakistan

Dr Asma Shahid Kazi conducted intensive teacher training at Nafisa Mai School in a remote rural village, in the south of Punjab in August 2013. After a day spent in observation of the classes, aneed based, full day sessions were conducted on teaching English, classroom management, and activity based learning.