Project Implementation Strategies
Using training programmes and models that have been successfully tested by AKU‐IED, STEP aims to build the capacity of:
- teacher educators and teacher education institutions;
- education managers at all levels;
- teacher mentors, who will then go on to improve the capacity of their peers through a Cluster‐Based Mentoring Programme; and
- various stakeholders in a number of rural elementary schools through a Whole School Improvement Programme.
The project is currently operating in Sindh, Balochistan, and Gilgit Baltistan. The Project Team consists of the following:
The Teaching Associates are responsible for delivering trainings and workshops to project beneficiaries, both at the field and at IED. Each teaching associate is responsible for one or two STEP districts, to develop the professional teaching capacity of teachers and teacher educators. They regularly visits schools in the district(s) to ensure that STEP programmes are running properly, providing further training, guidance, and support to teacher beneficiaries.
The field-based Ditrict Coordinators (one for each district) are responsible for coordinating, implementing, and monitoring district-based activities in each district. In addition to overseeing the Whole School Improvement Programme and Cluster Based Mentoring Programmes, they also manage and oversee other STEP-related field activities, and coordinate with district-level government officials to enhance the project’s impact and ensure the project’s sustainability.
The team of Community Mobilizers work with School Management Committees of STEP schools, providing training to committee members and strengthening coordination and relations between communities and schools.
The Gender Equality Team aims to mainstream gender in all components of the project to promote gender equality at every level of the education sector. In addition to providing training on gender awareness to project beneficiaries, the team works directly with teachers and teacher educators to integrate a gender perspective in teaching and learning practices.
The Monitoring, Evaluation, Documentation, and Research Unit is responsible for collecting, compiling, and analysing qualitative and quantitative data on the project’s performance. The evaluation and research is used to systematically assess the weakness and strengths of the project and to inform strategic decision-making to improve the overall impact of the project.
The administrative and programme staff at AKU-IED are responsible for coordinating between the districts and AKU-IED project office to ensure effectively and timely implementation of all project activities.
Lastly, senior management, based at AKU-IED, is responsible for the overall effective implementation of the project and that all targets are successfully attained within the given project’s timeframe.