English Education Specialist

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as an English Education Specialist working on curriculum and materials design with the Namibia Ministry of Education Arts and Culture in the Oshikoto region. The majority of learners in southern Africa receive their education through the medium of a second language, English. Namibia, as part of the southern Africa region, has also adopted the use English as a medium of instruction in schools. The revised curriculum updates the learning model to reflect the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to succeed as citizens in the 21st Century. With the new curriculum, students and teachers are expected to improve English proficiency. The PCRV will be supporting the implementation of the current revised English curriculum through material design and curriculum development for primary and secondary schools. Among other duties, the PCRV will co-facilitate, with Senior Education Officers, English training workshops for English teachers in the region and help with the development of supplementary materials and resources including audio, videos, teacher tool kits, student resource kits and dialogue scripts.

To be qualified for this position, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in education (English Concentration, 3 - 5 years of experience in public school teaching, and experience training adult learners are needed to support these efforts. The Volunteer also must have a willingness to approach the position through the Peace Corps’ approach to development. The overall goal of this assignment is to improve the English instruction and proficiency of students and teachers in Namibia.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Dates may not be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Ministry of Education Arts and Culture

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Bachelor’s degree in education (English concentration)
• 3 -5 years of public school teaching experience
• Experience working with high school/primary school curriculum design
• Experience in training adult learners
• Willingness to approach the position through the Peace Corps’ approach to development

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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