Tejendra Pherali

Tejendra Pherali

Associate Professor in Education and International Development
CEID, University College London
Twitter: @pherali

Location London


  • @TL The plot was not given to the students but was developed collectively by them. So, it was a participatory activity and the facilitator was a member of the learning group rather than someone who would dominate the direction of the plot. As researchers, we did not know whether it was based on one 'real event' but it was not difficult to guess that...

  • @SandarLin Glad that you found this useful. We would like to hear your own experience of teaching too.

  • @TL You note a very important point here. There is a growing body of literature on conflict-sensitive education which acknowledges that teaching and learning should mitigate grievances, rupture stereotypes and create a friendly and liberating experience for all learners. Hence, the role of a teacher is important particularly in being respectful to the...

  • @MarlarKyaw Thanks for this post. I would be interested to hear more about your teaching. Could you share an example of how you engage in teaching that potentially enables change beyond the classroom.

  • @myupanlathpaumi Thanks for sharing this very important point. It is vital that children learn in their mother tongue when they are young. In ethnically diverse societies, the most powerful groups tend to monopolise language of instruction, curricular contents and teaching workforce. This is also a major challenge in Myanmar where, as you are aware, many...

  • @LindaB While working in low income contexts, I often hear from teachers that they do not have adequate teaching and learning materials which prevents them from being able to deliver quality teaching. This is indeed a problem and more educational resources must be found for schools in poor or rural areas. However, I think, teachers can do a lot to mitigate the...

  • @GeraldineBhoyroo I really like when you say - "As an educator, I would look at the objects around me and try to use them to create tactile/tangible learning aids." We all want to be an educator like you!

  • @maihtay It is very sad indeed. Are teachers doing anything to navigate these difficulties? Doing nothing is not really the solution. What do you think teachers, parents and people who understand the situation like yourselves can do to mitigate these challenges?

  • @TL Thank you for sharing this resource. During the time of COVID-19, many countries have used radio and TV to deliver lessons. I think the use of these digital and remote means of delivering lessons will continue to expand in future. We should provide teachers opportunities for professional development to be able to utilise new tools and media of education....

  • @ElizabethWatt I can understand that access to technologies is a real problem in low resource contexts. But I have observed in the context of Lebanon where some rural areas and refugee camps are not dissimilar to Shan state and access to the internet and digital materials is gradually improving. I feel that lack of technology is not a permanent problem. I...

  • @MayBarani I completely agree with you. Teaching outdoors can be fun for both teachers and students but the teacher needs to plan their lesson properly and engage students in the natural environment.

  • @ShannonMonaghan @JAMILALAWALMUNIR Thank you for sharing your practice!

  • @EiMon Exactly. You have picked up a very important message the video is trying to convey.

  • @KasT You raise a very important point about quality of a good teacher. If the teacher is passionate about their subject and they really want to make a difference in their students' learning, they are likely to be creative about their teaching style and find resources that may be locally available. I have seen teachers in rural areas using materials in their...

  • @htetyeemoe You point out a common issue of lack of learning resources in low income contexts. Teachers often have to work with limited resources when they teach students in crowded classrooms and parents are not able to afford to pay for textbooks and other materials. Nevertheless, some teachers try to overcome these challenges by utilising materials that...

  • @NeonHmuu It is interesting to hear that you have enjoyed online courses. What kinds of courses have you participated in? I would be interested to know more about the types of skills you were able to develop?

  • Completely agreed.

  • @NithaBorSiangpum I really liked when you said, 'I like a learning environment where my own opinions and experiences are being taken seriously, as if I have contribute something to the learning experience.' I think it is so important in challenging environments. A good teacher always values their students' opinions and provides them a positive environment to...

  • @NiSan Thank you for sharing your experiences. Well resourced classrooms are certainly more effective in the delivery of education. I also think there some unique cultural educational practices in every society through which younger generation learns about their traditions, social issues and history. A lot of learning happens outside the classroom. What do you...

  • @KMon You are absolutely right. Study tours are incredibly effective ways of learning about life and can have profound effects in learners' mind. However, in conflict-affected contexts, study tours might not be possible due to security reasons. Children in refugee camps or IDP camps do not always have the freedom to interact with wider communities....

  • Thank you for sharing this experience. I grew up in rural mountains of Nepal and like you @AyeAyeNyein I also wanted to learn English and speak English like native English speakers. There were however very limited learning materials available in the school and teachers were not adequately trained to teach English properly. My best teacher was actually Nepali...

  • Welcome, Ah Sai! Good to see you here. We would be very interested to hear about your work with Thinking Classroom Foundation and the educational activities you are organising to support children from ethnic areas in Myanmar.

  • Thank you for joining the course. Great to hear from you. We would be keen to hear how you are supporting education in rural areas.

  • Welcome to the course Augustine! Are the schools open in Chin State? How is COVID-19 affecting teaching and learning? We are keen to hear about your experiences too!

  • Welcome, Eimon. We would like to hear how you work with teachers in Myanmar. It must have been challenging lately due to COVID-19 and the military coup which seem the have disrupted teaching and learning.

  • Hi Lin! Welcome to the course. We are looking forward to hearing more from you.

  • Hi Tom! Great to see you here and earlier at the webinar. We would be very keen to hear about your experiences.

  • Hi Aung Myint! Graphic design! We need people like you who can use their skills to design effective digital learning tools. Hope this course will inspire you use your skills to support education of children in difficult conditions.

  • @MohMohMZ Welcome to the course. We would be very keen to hear your experiences.

  • Nice to hear this, Zay. I really hope that you find this course interesting. The conditions in the place where you live must be tough. Take care.

  • Great to hear this. You will find many digital learning tools on this course which can be adapted in emergency situations. I hope other colleagues in E4NG have also signed up for this course.

  • Hello Nina! Welcome to the course. Are you based in UNESCO Paris? How would you like to use this course in your future? Are you hoping to work in challenging educational context?

  • Hi Lu Seng! Welcome to the course. I wonder if schools are open in Kachin state now? Hope to learn from your experiences too.

  • Hi Zet! My knowledge about education ethnic areas in Myanmar is limited. I am sure there are issues about language of instruction and curriculum. Do ethnic schools have adequately trained teachers? I am very interested to learn how children are coping with disruptions in education because of COVID-19 and the military coup.

  • Hi Thu Thu! I can imagine people's life conductions must be hard in IDP camps. Even though educational research in refugee contexts is expanding, there is very little research about educational challenges in IDP camps globally. We would be ver interested to learn about how education is being delivered and what the challenges are in the context you are working on.

  • Hi May Oo! How are you trying to teach students in your community? Do you use online methods? Do students have access to the internet?

  • Phyo Thiri, welcome to this course. Are schools open in your community? How is the situation of COVID-19? I wonder if teachers are still trying to help children learn using remote learning methods. I can imagine internet connectivity must be an issue.

  • Hi Maria! You seem to be doing amazing work. I can understand it must be difficult to tailor your teaching according to the needs of children whose lives are full of difficulties. Hope you will be able to share your experiences during discussions throughout this week.

  • Hi Han Ko! Nice to see you here. What course are you studying in university now? Hope you find this course interesting and useful. We would be keen to hear about your educational experiences in Myanmar.

  • Welcome to Week 1, everyone. I am an academic based in University College London, working in the field of education, conflict and peace. I have worked on research projects focusing on education in various conflict-affected contexts including Nepal, Jordan, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Thailand and Somaliland. I teach post-graduate programmes and lead the research...

  • @KateBarlow That's a very important point, Kate. I watched this video few days ago which reminded my own school days. Corporal punishment is still common in schools in many parts of the world and during the times I went to school, almost every teacher used to carry a stick in their hand when they delivered their lesson. Warning: You may find it distressing...

  • This is a very important point, Reyland. This means that teachers have a broader responsibility than what they do within classrooms. Education is not just about delivering a prescribed curriculum, rather it is about being responsive to children's overall life which is shaped by societal conditions. When children enter the classroom, they already have social...