The mainstream schools in most developing countries are faced with challenges which include overcrowded classrooms, lack of quality learning resources and a shortage of teachers. The traditional mainstream schools in these countries can hardly cope with those who are already in school and have no or little capacity to provide access to the millions of out of school youths. Open schooling is an innovative approach to widen access to education to address the challenge of out of school youth.
As more and more countries are opting for open schooling, there is a requirement to ensure that those involved in open schooling are well trained for the task. A new Graduate Diploma in Open Schooling was developed by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) to prepare administrators, support staff, faculty, and ministry professionals guiding the implementation and management of open school policies and regulations to effectively plan and manage the day-to-day operations of an open school using a variety of delivery technologies and pedagogical methods.
The Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL) is the first to offer this Post Graduate Diploma in Open School Operation and Management online. This is a two-year programme and registration is open from September 4-October 31, 2018. Further details of the programme can be found below.PDOSOM-2