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Training for teachers on interactive teaching methods for adults in inclusive classes

Six-day ToT from August 2–7, 2019 was conducted at the Training and Methodology and Learning Quality Monitoring Center at the Ministry of Labor, Migration and Employment of Tajikistan. The training aimed at training teachers from Adult Training Center (ATC) and its branches to interactive methodology for adult learning with a focus on the needs of people with disabilities. 22 teachers and master trainers from ATC and its branches in Dushanbe, Panjakent and Rasht participated in the training.

“During this training, our participants will be trained to interactive methods of adult learning and special attention will be paid to the vocational training of people with disabilities,” said Dilbar Bakaeva, Executive Director of the public association “Adult Education Association of Tajikistan”.

According to the agenda, the training participants besides the learning methodology also learnt about the reasons of the isolation people with hearing impairments in the society, the methodology of teaching people with hearing impairments and the role of sign language in the vocational training of people with hearing impairments, IT technologies in teaching people with disabilities, methods of teaching people with visual impairments and many others.

“In order for the specialists of ATC to understand the sensitivity when working with people with disabilities, the training agenda includes not only theoretical, but also practical exercises. For example, master classes on confectionery, repair of household appliances, floriculture and beekeeping, which allows participants to further consolidate their knowledge obtained during the training” said Dilbar Bakaeva.

Mahbuba Gafurova, a Confectioner from ATC Dushanbe, said that this training helped her to learn specifics of teaching people with disabilities. “It’s easy to work with a person without disabilities, when you explain something, and he or she performs. Today I realized what points to consider when teaching people with disabilities. These six days have been very fruitful for me, since in addition to theory, we consolidated our knowledge by working in small groups and participating in master classes” said Mahbuba.

This training was conducted within the framework of the project “INCLUSION: Promotion of Social Change and Inclusive Education in Tajikistan” funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The project is implemented by the Country Office of DVV International in Tajikistan in partnership with local NGOs Adult Education Association of Tajikistan and the League of Disabled Women “Ishtirok”.