Jean Bernard

Senior Partner and International Education Consultant at Spectacle Learning Media

My experience in designing and implementing on-the-job training programs began in 1982 with my employment as a language instructor at a medical facility in Saudi Arabia, where the assignment was to deliver hands-on training to operating room nurses assisting English-speaking surgeons. Since then, I have worked with content providers in various fields to support language development alongside technical skills development.. Of the numerous projects I had the opportunity to manage at UNESCO, a competency based curriculum development training program for African educators stands out as particularly relevant to the aims of this assignment. This project produced a toolkit for developing the capacity of national curriculum development teams in 14 sub-Saharan African countries to focus on preparing secondary students for life and work as an alternative to pursuing the academic stream. I was also in a position at UNESCO to establish apply quality standards to project development processes and outcomes, thereby placing into motion constructive cycles of feedback, monitoring and evaluation. I have facilitated writers' workshops for curriculum developers as well as for creators of nonformal community education materials (Uganda and South Sudan) Over the years, I have become well acquainted with best practices in competency based curriculum development and assessment methods. Finally, my work as a curriculum and learning materials consultant over the past nine years has allowed me to gain significant experience in mentoring and facilitation of ToT workshops and ongoing workplace support in a wide variety of cultural and educational contexts. I consider myself a lifelong learner, a team player, and a resilient, action oriented person who enjoys new challenges and adventures.

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