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From28-06-2017 Locationna Hoursna Educationna

Purpose of the CWTL Research Study

Can’t Wait to Learn (CWTL) proposes new (cost-) effective solutions to the urgent challenges facing education for children in emergencies. By utilizing innovative technological solutions with a focus on serious gaming, CWTL builds on concepts, which have been successfully piloted in Sudan (e-Learning Sudan). CWTL has ambitions to increase the number of children with access to quality education in mathematics in areas affected by conflict in Africa and the Middle East, including in Jordan and Lebanon. The CWTL team, including its technical partners, will work together to digitize the Jordanian and Lebanese curriculum onto tablets, which will be used by children with guidance from a trained RA. Developing fresh, interactive materials based on the national curricula and creating effective partnership structures to distribute these, creates new opportunities for making education accessible to those children who have been excluded.

The current study in Lebanon will pilot the implementation of CWTL for teaching out-of-school children numeracy in various community-based settings. This will allow War Child Holland and its partners to see whether children improve numeracy through using the CWTL programme when it’s integrated into existing educational (BLN) curriculum or alternative activities (such as psychosocial support), as well as to compare different methods for service delivery. Some of the research aims of this study is to: measure progress in children’s numeracy competency, assess baseline levels of numeracy competency and psychosocial wellbeing in out-of-school children in Lebanon attending partner organizations that will deliver CWTL, and to determine whether there are differences in baseline numeracy competency and psychological wellbeing between various demographic groups of children.

 

 

Main Tasks

 

RA should have enough information and commitment to child safeguarding policy, sign the code of conduct, and all policies related to the respect of children rights, WCH will provide the necessary training and support regarding that.

  • Attend and participate in a five-day training to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out the mathematics and psychosocial wellbeing tests
  • Conduct the tests with children and teachers using protocols provided by WCH
  • Work within a team and have a professional and ethical attitude towards all involved
  • Use feedback provided by supervisors to improve practice
  • Use the set guidelines to collect data (KOBO), write clear notes, and use the naming system of files set by WCH
  • Reflect in the notes taken a high level of objectivity and professionalism that portrays the real situation on the participants without possible impact of personal prejudgments or opinions.
  • Attend and participate reflection meetings when needed
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    Knowledge and Experience

     

    • Have completed a bachelor-level degree in Education, the Health Sciences (Medicine, Nursing, Public Health) or Behavioral and Social Sciences (Psychology, Social Work, Counselling) or a related field
    • Fluent in Arabic and English is a plus
    • At least 1 year of previous experience in research, monitoring and evaluation
    • At least 2 years experience working with children (teaching, tutoring, scouts, summer camps, or any other relevant activities)
    • Previous research experience in education and/or health desired

       

      Fees

       

  • RA will receive a payment of $50 per day (this lump-sum includes transportation fees to the office) for the five training days and every day in the field during the data collection process.
  • RAs coming from Bekaa, North, and South to Beirut to attend the training will be provided an extra $10 to cover transportation costs.

     

    Timeframe during July

     

  • Five-days training
  • One day CSP training
  • Two to three weeks data collection   
     
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