BANDA ACEH – The Rector of Syiah Kuala University, Prof Dr Samsul Rizal MEng, stated that Teacher Training Institutes (TTIs) need to train teachers continuously so that they are always up to date with new knowledge.
"In Japan, every summer, when schools have their holidays, teachers go to university for a month to relearn so they acquire new knowledge and develop themselves in terms of their teaching," said Prof Samsul as he described his experience as a student in Japan. He hopes that teachers in Aceh can regularly return to university to study during school holidays.
He explained this at the USAID PRIORITAS TTI Strategic Business Planning Workshop held recently in Banda Aceh and attended by lecturers from Universitas Syiah Kuala, Universitas Islam Negeri Ar Raniry, Universitas Muhammadiyah Aceh, Universitas Al Muslim Bireuen, Universitas Jabal Gafur Pidie and Universitas Serambi Mekkah as well as representatives from Aceh's Provincial Education and Religious Affairs Offices.
Centered on the theme "Opportunities and Challenges for TTIs as Service Providers", the workshop staged discussions on various topics, including the identification and mapping of potential partners, resources, donors that can be accessed, and the form of services that can be provided to strengthen the role of TTIs as service providers offering training suited to the needs of teachers.
It is hoped that the role of TTIs can contribute significantly to a range of training offered, such as PAKEM/CTL (active learning and contextual teaching and learning), school based management, classroom action research, the preparation and development of education strategic plans, teacher management and deployment, and a variety of other educational matters.
To date, USAID PRIORITAS, in partnership with 17 TTIs, has been conducting various activities, including:
- Facilitating lecturers in training on good practices in teaching and learning and school-based management;
- Involving lecturers in training and mentoring schools at the district and school levels;
- Providing training to TTI lab and partner schools;
- Conducting action research involving lecturers and teachers;
- Assisting TTIs to develop their preservice and in-service teacher education curricula;
- Supporting the development of TTIs as service providers for in-service training;
- Supporting the implementation of effective teacher professional education programs (PPG) and teacher practicums (PPL).