My work with StARS involved developing the existing Adult Education Programme, to enhance the provision of English teaching for the organisation’s refugee clients.
Founded in 1979, St Andrew’s Refugee Services (StARS) has been working with refugees and asylum seekers in Egypt for nearly 40 years. Each year, the organisation supports thousands of vulnerable adults and children in Cairo through the provision of education, psycho-social, legal-aid and community outreach programmes.
Over a one-year period, I worked with StARS as an educational consultant to teacher trainer to build the capacity of their largest educational programme, Adult Education (AEP). After implementing a needs analysis, the project aims were defined as ‘the creation of an accessible and sustainable teacher training course to motivate and up-skill existing AEP teachers’. In the first phase, this involved the introduction of a development cycle including training sessions, assisted planning sessions and self-reflections. From April-August 2015, I worked closely with the team of six full-time AEP teachers to mentor them through this process.
A secondary outcome of the project was the provision of a resource bank of teacher training materials to support current and future AEP teachers at StARS. Phase two involved the creation of an online teacher education course including video interviews of the participating trainees, links to external resources and summary worksheets. This content was produced exclusively for StARS, to implement and adapt as they see fit, in support of the continuing professional development of their teachers.