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National Capacity building Workshop on Curriculum and Textbook Development (15-19 October 2012)

A five-day "Workshop for Capacity building in Curriculum and Textbook Development" was successfully organized by UNESCO and International Bureau of Education (Geneva, Switzerland) from 15-19 October 2012 in Islamabad.
Workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, Director UNESCO Islamabad. Two international experts, Mr. Renato Opertti and Mr. Hugo Labate, conducted the workshop with co-facilitation by national experts.

As a result of the devolution of a number of tasks relating to education the relevant authorities of Provincial Departments of Education are in need of technical assistance for capacity building in the areas of curriculum and textbook development. In order to respond to such a need UNESCO Islamabad office has sought technical assistance of UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE), Geneva to organization the workshop in Islamabad.

The workshop was participated by educators associated with the process of curriculum and textbook development and teacher education at the national and provincial/area levels, including Federal Ministry of Education and Trainings, and Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD).

Participants commented on the workshop as allowing them an opportunity to learn a wide range of concepts and issues involving international comparative perspective inclusive curricula, inclusive schooling, processes of curriculum design and development, and curriculum framework and textbook development scenarios of different countries. In addition, they also felt benefitted from learning the concept of competencies and how such a concept differs from other concepts such as skills and standards, and approaches to textbook and curriculum revision.

The workshop was concluded with participants' evaluation of the workshop, where performance indicators showed 100% satisfaction with the contents and facilitators. This proved that capacity of provincial/national experts in curriculum and textbook development was strengthened. At the end, the participants were awarded certificates.