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Posted on Tuesday, 10 November 2015
Naseem Jaffer is an education consultant with 25 years of experience working with underprivileged schools. With her qualifications, a Master’s in Education and a Teaching Certificate in Mathematics, Naseem had all the required skills and experience to add significant value to an educational program. When UCA identified a need to develop its mathematics curriculum for the inaugural Summer Camp, Naseem was approached to take on this assignment as a TKN volunteer.
When Naseem first arrived in Central Asia, she was tasked with grading and tabulating math results. Her focus quickly shifted to upgrading the curricula. She says, “to get a better understanding of the education system and teaching culture, we visited students and teachers in UCA’s host countries of Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Kazakhstan. The students were well behaved and the teachers well qualified. In addition, the teachers were very committed despite often working two or even three jobs”.
“On my return, I concentrated on developing the mathematics curriculum for the Summer Camp. The curriculum was based on the gaps we found in the assessment analysis and since the curriculum was for students with varying levels of English-language skills, it had to be written through a different lens”.
Naseem also focused on introducing students to topics that are not covered in their school curriculum but are required by international universities, such as graphs and probability.
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