Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has all set to launch non-formal teaching programs in order to provide quality education to the people through distance learning system.
An official of the university told APP that these will be post-graduate diploma and certificate courses of non-formal teachers’ training. He said that necessary funding for this purpose will be provided by UNESCO.
In this connection, the two sides have entered into a formal agreement of bilateral cooperation to upgrade non-formal teaching. He said that on the assurance of Vice Chancellor Prof Dr. Shahid Siddiqui, the university will exploit all possible avenues to fight out illiteracy and promote teachers’ training, through open distance learning system.
It was aimed at introducing academically accredited teachers’ training courses in non-formal education official said, adding that it will also provide academic-related support to stakeholders, who are working under the non-formal system. The project was also shared with Ministry of Education and Professional Development and other stakeholders to achieve the desired goals, he added.
He said that there was non-availability of certified training courses for the teachers engaged in non-formal education. Through this initiative, he said the University will fill the gap by producing trained teachers as per the requirements of distance learning system.
The AIOU has the dedicated department of distance, non-formal and continuing education that has been given the task of producing trained teachers through certified courses, he added.