Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Teachers and Students
Why Critical Thinking?
Critical thinking skills enable individuals to use a range of intellectual tools to solve both personal problems and to contribute to the creative resolution of societal level problems. An educational environment that does not foster critical thinking results in youth who graduate from high school without a good foundation of analytical ability, reasoning, and problem solving skills. Afghanistan needs a public education system that will prepare girls and boys with the skills required to take meaningful leadership roles in a society that seeks to develop and modernize, and integrate within the global community, and where females increasingly seek to assert – and realize – their rights. Critical thinking is foundational to any 21st century learning framework.
How We Help
CW4WAfghan is developing a full semester course on critical thinking and creativity for students of TTCs. The course will draw from current, globally recognized standard curricula for these topics, adapted to the Afghan context, and made available in both national languages (Dari and Pashto) and in English. The course will be available in both e-learning format, as well as delivered in person at teacher colleges throughout Afghanistan. Faculty will also be supported to train teachers with these skills, which will positively benefit their students’ learning across all subjects, and indeed, serve young people throughout their lives with the power of reasoning and analysis skills.