Design and Implement Virtual Library Trainings
- Virtual Service Description: Design and Implement Virtual Library Trainings
- Reference Number: VSPP423
- Country: Malawi
- Host Country Partner: Tech-Hub volunteers and counterparts at the school and division level
- Number of VSPPs Requested: 1
- Engagement Start Date: November 2021
- Engagement End Date: April 2022
- Length of Engagement: The length of engagement may be up to 24 weeks, including onboarding and off-boarding
- Sector: Education
Host Country Partner: Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MoEST)
Type of Entity: Ministry
Host Country Partner’s Mission and Goals: To ensure better access and equity, relevance and quality, and good governance and management in all institutions from basic to higher education
With the anticipated potential of virtual libraries, schools will need ongoing support with the training of teachers to incorporate the learning tools into their day-to-day teaching and planning strategies. VSPP will play a key role in providing meaningful support to the teachers.
One of the goals of the Ministry of Education Science and Technology’s is to improve access to teaching and learning resources. Well-furnished and fully-functioning libraries are a key component to improve access. Unfortunately, out of the 800+ secondary schools about 50% have libraries and not all of them are functioning libraries.
One of Peace Corps Malawi Education sector’s activities is to co-facilitate establishment or improvement of a school library at the community day secondary school (CDSS). The Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) will work directly with selected counterparts at the schools where the virtual library will be established. In collaboration with Tech Hub volunteers, the VSPP will facilitate training of counterparts who will be the lead persons at the school level. There will be one counterpart from each school. The counterparts will work with the staff to make sure they are familiar with the resources in the library and show them how to incorporate them in their planning and teaching of daily lessons. In the end we hope to see teachers and students benefiting from the effective use of the libraries as a result of the trainings that the VSPP will carry out.
Virtual Service Engagement and Tasks
The VSPP will organize and implement virtual library trainings in collaboration with Peace Corps Education sector staff and potential volunteers from the Lilongwe Tech-Hub.
The specific times and layout of the training events will be based on the training needs and academic calendar of the schools involved.
Tasks will include:
- A needs assessment to identify the trainings that teachers receive at the secondary school and how they are conducted
- Once per school term, design/co-facilitate trainings and follow up in collaboration with the education sector team at PC Malawi
Optional Additional Activities
The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:
- To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
- To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
- To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP’s engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. A number of recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities are outlined here.
Minimum qualifications for the VSPP:
- A bachelor’s degree in any field
- Experience with adult learning principals and training adults
- Experience with virtual meeting technology such as Zoom and Skype
- Experience with MS Office Suite programs such as Word, Excel, Power Point to create trainings
- Experience with needs assessments and research
- VSPP attributes (flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance of ambiguity, able to work independently, etc.) Resourceful, creative, flexible and patient; and genuinely motivated to serve
- Previous Peace Corps Malawi experiences in the education sector (Malawi education RPCV)
- Bachelors or Master’s degree in Education
- Experience working with secondary school teachers
- Experience teaching high school/secondary school
- Intermediate or higher ability to speak Chichewa
Terms and Conditions of engagement
VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the host country counterpart assigned by the host country partner. Their host country counterpart will need to have access to a smart phone, tablet or laptop that they use in order for regular communication and collaboration.
It is expected that the Virtual Service engagement will be 16 weeks, including one week each for onboarding, with a time commitment of 5-15 hours per week. The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart The check-ins will be weekly WhatsApp or skype calls. During the call they will discuss challenges and successes of teachers and students using the resources in the virtual library. They will also plan weekly activities to support counterpart’s efforts at the school. VSPP will also have bi-weekly zoom check-ins with Peace Corps staff. During the calls with the counterpart, the VSPP will be encouraged to build a relationship with the counterpart so that they can effectively work together.
Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP. They will work together to set a calendar of events highlighting when their weekly meetings will take place taking into consideration time differences (time zones).
Engagement Specific Safety and Security
The VSPP will receive a safety and security training on virtual engagement during orientation with Peace Corps. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the host country partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.
The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will also be expected to schedule regular check-ins with the designated counterpart within the partner organization.