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Education ministry turns to game, performing arts-based learning

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Some 6,000 teachers and school leaders will be targeted in the 2015/2016 fiscal year by the Ministry of Education (MoE), as part of a move to improve the teaching of mathematics, science and language, through the use of information and communication technology, game-based learning and gender-sensitive approaches.

The United Nations International Children's Education Fund is funding the project over three years, to the tune of $108 million. This year, the Government has budgeted $20 million to, among other things, conduct training for 1,600 guidance counsellors and school leaders in the implementation of the School Wide Positive Behaviour Intervention Support in Schools (SW-PBIS).

SW-PBIS represents an effort by the ministry to promote improved management of challenging behaviours, which are addressed through collaborative training with education officers from the guidance and counselling and special education units.

The ministry has also said it will be conducting non-residential workshops for 2,000 teachers, in order to increase the integration of the performing arts as teaching strategies in the classroom.