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Yemen – Sana’a – Training of principals – Februari 2008

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Purpose of the Training
Eliane and Bob will work for 4 days with the 11 principals of the Douroub pilot schools. Together we will develop an ICT policy document for Douroub school, containing guidelines for principals, coordinators, teachers, parents and of course students on effective use of ICT’s.Also SFD (the Yemeni Social Fund for Development) undelines the importance of having principals on board in the changes that ICT enables. Also for the Yemeni Douroub schools, computers are way to realise their vision on global connected learning.
Saturday 23-02-08
After a 21 hrs travel, flight from Amsterdam via Dubai and Doha to Sana’a, it was certainly good to feel welcome in sunny Sana’a. A car from SFD was waiting at the airport to bring us to the Mercure Hotel. Arrival at1 pm.
Sunday 24-02-08
Sunday morning, again a beautiful sunny morning.We will spend the day at Medina el Technologia and SFD office to preapre the training sessions.Upon arrival we found the door of the computer room locked. It took some phone calls, yet with kind help of the compound managers, we managed to get things settled for tomorrows training. Inshallah.
Monday 25-02-08

Sana’a at 06:30 am looks cool and crispy.. time to go to work


Identifying with principals what they see as successful till so far and their challenges ahead.
Below parts of the flip charts, where strategical, tactical and operational all play a part.One can’t do without the other.. yet clarity on roles and responsibilities is key!Eight groups will work on different domains of the policy guide for Douroub.

  1. Policy – Najeb & Mohammed
  2. Vision – Roquaya & Mona
  3. Strategy principles – Wafa & Nadia
  4. Strategy outcome – Afrah & Jeehan
  5. Resources – Sadiq & Arwa & Afrah
  6. Responsibilities – strategical – Shafiqa & Abdu
  7. Responsibilities – tactical – Fathia & Samira
  8. Responsibilities – operational – Najat & Wihdak

Abdu & Shafiqa working on strategical domain of the guide.

In a highly interactive session we link the domains to the challenges listed.
Each group will add and edit their part of the ICT policy guide on-line in the Douroub workspaceWhat makes Douroub unique is that every item is bi-lingual and fully owned by the participants;Principals, coordinators, teachers, parents and.. of course: students!!
Tuesday 26-02-08
Ready for the second day…..Today the thematic groups will start adding parts of the Douroub guidelines into the guide  that will be netpublished via the douroub website. Policy based development requiers Intensive thinking and mind cracking…
   Wednesday 27-02-08
tekstWork on flipcharts
Thursday 28-02-08
Again a bright and crispy morning. Our driver, Mothahar, took us from the hotel at 07:30 am.Arriving at Medina el Technologia, the iron gate was closed and several participants were waiting to get in.The guard told that it was a national holiday.. so all was closed. Now what to do?Mothahar managed to persuade the guard to let us in. Much to our surprise one of the participants was already in and told he pointed on his badge when entering: ” I’m Abdu Alkhalik, and I’m here for teacher Eliane and teacher Bob”… and he could walk in with no problem 🙂We started at 08:30 sharp and reviewed the draft Douroub guide that we finished yesterday.A well deserved compliment for the participants, as it was a difficult task to do.Yet how to apply the guide?We presented two cases, based upon the challenges that were brought in during the first day.Will the guidelines be helpful in finding solutions on how to respond?
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Friday 29-02-08

After 4 days of intensive policy workshops in Sana’a, it was time to take a short break and enjoy the beauty of Yemen. About one hour drive Noth East of Sana’a we visited the amazing mountain village of Kewkaban.On top of the mountain is the small village of Kewkaban, where some Yemeni live a peaceful life.

To get there safely, our SFD driver Mothahar had to take many U-curves, while sharing his stories on Yemeni history.

On top of the mountain we enjoyed the view of the typical Yemeni houses, including a school and a mosque. Rain water is being collected in small basins.

And yes, even here are very dedicated Yemeni boys with some really good offers: “Cheapest of whole Yemen Sir, all very old and handmade…” so there you go.


Time to rest and think…… and fully absorb this amazing country of Yemen.

Some of the houses are so isolated, that ii takes a stiff walk to get there.

Even though the inhabitants are offered new houses in the valley, with schools and healthcare around, these people prefer to live on top of the mountain. A peaceful, safe and free life.


And when ever you stop along the road a nice friendly face pops up…always a good offer, Inshallah.

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Purpose of the Training

After the 4-day workshop with the principals of the Douroub pilot schools., it;s now time to focus on the ICT coordinators. Key persons that have a role as  a spider in the web.The Douroub ICT Guide, containing guidelines for principals, coordinators, teachers, parents and of course students on effective use of ICT’s, needs to be brought into practise.

Also SFD (the Yemeni Social Fund for Development) undelines the importance of having principals on board in the changes that ICT enables. Also for the Yemeni Douroub schools, computers are way to realise their vision on global connected learning.

Saturday 01-03-08
Start of ICT-coordinators training

Traditional roles and responsibilities have changed in schools now working in Douroub. What once was a single person responsibility, school development, is now a shared responsibility.

Two days fully focussed on the important and supportive role of the ICT-coordinator; are they aware of expectations of others towards their role and activities?

Sunday 02-03-08
Second day of ICT coordinator training.

Time to focus Douroub ahead…

What will be done in the schools in the next 12 months?

How will become ICT an enabling tool in changing teaching and learning?

The idea grew to start with a chain letter, then an national/regional Learning Circle, to end in an International Learning Circle between 11 Yemeni and 11 Dutch schools, including an exchange visit from Dutch teachers to Yemen in February 2009…. Inshallah.

There is so much to learn from one another…

That our ICT coordinators have become very skilled in photo editng as well,

proves mr. Waleed Assadagi, from Ben Walid school…

Mr. Bob as Yemeni broom, waiting for his bride?

Below, the closing picture on 02-03-2008, with the ICT coordinator group..

Well done all, and till we meet again, Inshallah!

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