EDUCATION is the kindling of a flame – Socrates
While technical knowledge is essential for growth in any profession, it is not sufficient on its own. Training adds practical dimensions to the concepts studied, and prepares individuals for performing well in their fields. The same is true for the teaching profession. In more advanced countries, teachers’ training is a mandatory step before one can begin a teaching career. Such training not only equips teachers with technical knowledge, and teaching skills and methods, but also helps them develop an understanding of the learners – the students – and their needs.
Unfortunately, in Pakistan the concept of mandatory training is nearly non-existent. Young teachers enter the profession with no background knowledge of human psychology, effective pedagogical skills and practices, or content-specific delivery methods. In such a situation, the primary loss is borne by the students.
Not only does their learning suffer, but oftentimes their personality is damaged, potentials go waste and never blossom into abilities, and the desire to learn and advance is extinguished. On a macro level, this contributes to the further aggravation of the society on multiple fronts, including economic, social, and ethical. It is this faulty system which leads to the sprouting of social evils such as crime and terrorism.
The existing training facilities for the common teacher are rare. Even when such facilities and opportunities are available, they are not easily accessible both in terms of the cost, which is not easily manageable for a common school teacher, and the training locations.
Realizing this dire need for improving the quality of education by raising the standard of teaching, the Educational Research Institute launched the Teachers’ Training and Development Program to train teachers at all educational levels.