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In Place of War (IPOW), the cultural development and research organization based at the University of Manchester (UK),  will deliver teacher training sessions in preparation for the roll out of their cultural skills training course, the Creative Entrepreneur Programme(CEP).  The activities will take place at the Bibliotheca, Alexandria, Egypt from the 8th-14th February 2016.

21 participants from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia have been selected to undertake teaching training sessions as part of an innovative education project in the region. The seven day training session will focus on developing teaching strategies, familiarising teachers with the CEP course  and undertaking mini teaching practices. Under the guidance of a UK based teacher trainer and IPOW’s Directors, teachers will receive feedback on their teaching performance and suggestions for professional development. On completion of the training, participants will receive a certification of participation from the University of Manchester.  Teachers will then return to their perspective countries to teach the CEP to young people in their respective cities in March 2016.

In addition to the teacher training sessions, IPOW will undertake a series of public engagement events aimed at raising the awareness of creative entrepreneurism and the potential for the development of creative enterprises in the region.  These sessions will include presentations and question and answer sessions with the IPOW team.

Commenting on the week’s activities in Alexandria, IPOW’s Co-Director Ruth Daniel explained

IPOW are thrilled to bring our education programme, the CEP  to the MENA region and we are grateful for the support of our partners, the Anna Lindt and the UK Government. For us, boosting local capacity is really important which is why we are training teachers from across the region  so they can  deliver the CEP in their respective countries.  We believe there is a huge potential to encourage creative enterprise in the region and we hope the CEP can provide new alternative educational, developmental and employment opportunities for young people.