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Egyptian teachers: living up to the covid-19 challenge

30 Nov Cairo Skyline Part of CPPR Lunchtime Seminars

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Professor Malak Zaalouk talks about her paper and the various mechanisms employed by teachers in some Egyptian public schools to mitigate the impact of the covid-19 lockdown and shutting down of schools.

Like most countries in the world, the Egyptian education system turned to online teaching at the end of March. Against a backdrop of continuous professional development (CPD) that was effectuated through an ERASMUS+ European Union funded project from 2017 to the present, the teachers in the study had already successfully created Peer Communities of Learners (PCLs) in 43 schools that were in partnership with three faculties of education (FOEs) in large Egyptian universities. They also had significantly transformed their teaching styles, school culture identities and attitude towards their profession.

The paper first traces the history of the EU funded project entitled School University Partnership for Peer Communities of Learners (SUP4PCL). It will then present the results of a rapid study conducted during the pandemic on a sample of 49 teachers from 17 schools. Lessons drawn from the study about the sustainability, viability and effectiveness of the existing PCLs, their relationship to lifelong learning and psychosocial support are very useful for reforms in quality learning in both normal times and crises situations.

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About the speaker

Professor Malak Zaalouk is Professor of Practice and Director of the Graduate School of Education’s Middle East Institute of Higher Education, American University in Cairo.

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