KARACHI, Nov 9 (APP): At a ceremony organized by Oxford
University Press (OUP) at the 31st SPELT Conference at Habib Public
School, 16 teachers from different schools in Karachi were awarded
certificates upon the successful completion of a course held as part
of the Oxford Teachers’ Academy (OTA).
While addressing teachers on the occasion, Ameena Saiyid,
Managing Director, OUP Pakistan, said that the OTA is a
first-of-its-kind professional development programme launched in
Pakistan for school teachers.
The OTA courses, developed by Oxford University Department of
Continuing Education and Oxford University Press, provide quality
teacher training which help teachers develop the skills they need to
meet teaching and learning goals.
Teachers who successfully complete the course and provide
evidence of learning are awarded a certificate by the University of
“This is the first time in the history of Pakistan that school
teachers are being awarded certificates endorsed and issued by the
University of Oxford,” she further added.
The OTA has run courses in over 30 countries, for more than 15
years, making a difference through education and learning to thousands
of teachers and students. The courses constitute interactive
presentations, role-plays, video clips, energizers, case studies,
individual and group presentations, as well as group discussions to
consolidate successful learning.
The first OTA course in Pakistan ‘Principles of Teaching Young
Learners’ was held in Islamabad and Karachi in June and in Lahore in
August. Aimed at teachers working with children aged 6 to 10 years, it
addressed pedagogical challenges and offered ideas to improve their
teaching methodologies. The 86 participants found the course
practical, interactive, and experiential.