By 2007, children under 8 years in all preschools and 50% of primary schools will receive quality education.
UNICEF Maldives has identified the following strategies to address the challenges and achieve our programme result:
Tsunami Recovery Programme: Reaching the Hard-to-Reach
In a country where 70% of the population lives on islands far from the capitol, and where transport among islands can be prohibitively expensive, many children are at risk of being ‘invisible’. The UNICEF Maldives Education Programme aims to bring a world of resources to ‘hard-to-reach’ children and teachers through 20 atoll-based Teacher Resource Centers (TRCs). These TRCs enable teachers to communicate via broadband internet with peers in Male’, as well as with global counterparts, and to access a global e-network of teacher training and educational resources. The TRCs are equipped with state-of-the-art training and teaching aids, including interactive whiteboards for training and classroom sessions.
A national teacher training e-platform on child-friendly methodology, designed in collaboration between UNICEF and Cambridge-based education experts, aer also made available through the TRC network. All 20 TRCs will be fully functional by end-2007. The TRCs have the potential to impact not only teaching and learning quality, but other important community efforts as well. Communities can, for instance, become more involved in their own development through this new-found access to levels of information and networking – with government decision-makers, UN agencies and other communities – that would previously have been unimaginable.
Looking Forward: Beyond the Tsunami Response