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60 Education Development Trust coaches to improve literacy and numeracy skills in Brunei

24 August 2016

The Ministry of Education (MoE) in Brunei has signed a new three-year consultancy agreement with CfBT Education Services (B) Sdn Bhd (still the name for Education Development Trust's company in Brunei) to deliver systematic improvement in the quality of literacy and numeracy teaching in schools in Brunei.

Steve Munby visited the MoE last week for the official signing ceremony of the new three-year contract, which will see 60 international coaches in literacy and/or numeracy deployed to primary and lower secondary schools, starting September this year.

Education Development Trust's origins are in English language teaching (ELT), and for almost 50 years, our effective, evidence-informed practice has been making a vital contribution to the development of the ELT profession at both the practical and theoretical levels. We have worked in Brunei for more than 30 years, and 70% of schools in Brunei have a teacher supplied by CfBT.

Throughout the new project, the ministry will have the support of Education Development Trust's international education experts, not only in literacy and numeracy but also in system reform, coaching methodologies, capacity building and large-scale school improvement.

Greg Keaney, Director of English Language Teaching and Country Manager, Brunei, said: "We are proud to have worked alongside the Ministry of Education Brunei Darussalam since 1985, one of the longest running public-private partnerships anywhere in the world of education. This three-year project will use coaching to improve the quality of literacy and numeracy teaching practice across the country. 

"As always, we will ensure that our practice is evidence informed, using sophisticated metrics and data visualisation tools to present project performance data. This will help identify issues and barriers to project success to ensure coaching interventions can be regularly adjusted for maximum impact."

Along with Steve, the Minister of Education, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, the Deputy Permanent Secretary (higher Education), Dr Haji Azman bin Ahmad, the Permanent Secretary (Core Education), Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, and the Director of Centre for British Teachers (CfBT) Education Services (B) Sdn Bhd, Haji Sulaiman bin Haji Ahai, attended the signing ceremony.