In September 2016, the British Council signed contracts to deliver two new pilot projects in the Schools and Higher Education sectors in Algeria.
The first project aims to improve understanding of, and confidence in, using pedagogical techniques amongst a pilot group of teachers. The proposed model seeks to professionally develop and support existing inspectors to play a key role in school improvement and quality assurance. This will be achieved by encouraging inspectors to improve the practical and pedagogical skills of existing teachers, rather than subject knowledge. As well as school inspectors and teachers, the programme also aims to benefit ministry officials.
The main objective of the second project is to strengthen the management and strategy-setting capabilities of employability initiatives and policies in universities as the starting point for supporting Algerian universities to improve graduate employment.
Drawing on UK effective practice of using a strategy-led, whole-university approach, the project aims to build a strong and strategic foundation for developing the employability skills of university students in Algeria. It will seek to identify gaps, and develop skills and capacity through training, mentoring and support. This will help ensure a more coordinated and institutionalised approach to graduate employment at the participating universities.
Both projects are funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office through the North Africa Good Governance Fund and are worth about £800,000 in total. They are expected to run for seven months and it is hoped that key learning will be taken from both pilots, allowing them to continue.