Develop Digital Library-based Curriculum and Resources
- Virtual Service Description: Develop Digital Library-based Curriculum and Resources
- Reference Number: VSPP424
- Country: Malawi
- Host Country Partner: Malawi Learning Partnership (MLP)
- 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 5 months long, including onboarding and off-boarding
- Sector: Education
Host Country Partner: Malawi Learning Partnership (MLP)
Type of Entity: Non-Governmental Organization
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
Access to teaching and learning resources is one of MoEST’s priority areas. The education sector at Peace Corps Malawi has supported the government’s efforts in this area for over 10 years. Peace Corps Volunteers (mainly in the education sector) helped over twenty-two community day secondary schools to achieve one of the following: build a library, stock it with books, organize it and create check out cards or train teachers on how to effectively run a library.
Libraries at community day secondary schools lack teaching resources, learning resources, and supplementary resources for teachers and students. Once the library is well equipped students, teachers, and members of the community will all benefit. The VSPP will be the point person to work on loading resources that are in line with the Malawi secondary education curricula into the library.
Virtual Service Engagement and Tasks
The Digital Library Curriculum and Resources:
- VSPP will identify resources from the Ministry of Education Science and Technology and other sources to add to the library to support implementation of the Malawi secondary education curricula.
- Learn the process of building a virtual library on multiple platforms (i.e. RACHEL, Raspberry Pie, etc.
- Research relevant resources for the library based upon counterpart project and partner needs
- Gather existing secondary education curricula resources in collaboration with Education sector team at PC Malawi
- Gather relevant supplementary materials from RPCVS from Malawi and other NGOs
- Load approved resources to the library. during school break or at the beginning of the term
- Support the development of training materials and orientation content for new users
The VSPP will be collaborating closely with the counterpart, Head Teacher at the CDSS so that the work will continue past VSPP involvement with the school.
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.
- Bachelor’s degree in any field
- Prior Peace Corps experience in the education sector
- Fluent in written and spoken English
- Prior ITC training especially in web-based applications
- Experience conducting 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
Desired VSPP qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in curriculum development or education
- Prior Peace Corps experience in the education sector in Malawi
- Experience with curriculum alignment
- Familiar with the education system of Malawi
- Information Technology Certification or relevant experience
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 and a laptop or a tablet in order for regular communication and collaboration.
It is expected that the Virtual Service engagement will last 24 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. These check-ins will be done via zoom or skype on a weekly basis for 30 minutes to an hour during Malawi business hours. The VSPP will initiate the call. Besides the call, there will also be weekly emails to keep each up to date. The emails will come from both the VSPP and the counterpart to share tasks at hand. There will also be bi-weekly zoom check-ins between the VSPP and the education team at Peace Corps Malawi. This will focus on monitoring deliverables. VSPP is expected to Spend unstructured time with counterparts to build relationships. This will be done through activities such as informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.
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 create a calendar of events which will include their weekly meetings. They will do this taking into consideration their different 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.