Education Services Department launched a program (Challenge and Progress ) as part of its strategic plan to develop the learning environment, enrich the knowledge of students and improve their level of achievement through an educational program to provide or remedial program for the primary school lower class.
( Challenge and Progress ) program aims to develop the academic attainment level for student who did not pass the minimum standards and help them achieve psychosocial and social conformity with school environment and society, improve the learning environment by creating more homogeneity between the students in the classroom, give a chance for the parents to have greater role in support of educational and caring services for their children.
The program begins by enumerating students who don’t pass the minimum standard in my language (Loghati) course, then perform a diagnostic survey. The results are then analyzed and based on the results. The students are divided into three groups: a group enrolled in the program (students who get less than 70% grades) and a group who will be transferred to student guidance to study the reasons for not passing the course ( they are the students who get less than 70%)while the third group enrolled in the program of learning difficulties.
The program runs through two phases, which are implemented during the second semester. The first stage deals with the basic skills that include the student’s knowledge of the letters and their different shapes, reading and spelling 3- letter words, copying them correctly, while addressing some of the linguistic skills such as, lunar and solar definitional, with 3-letter words dictated from near or far memory.
While the second stage of the program comes with the teacher taking his students from the letters to words, sentences to texts, until reaching to read paragraphs and lessons, and weekly teach them the language skills, and spelling test.
The Education Services Department prepared a special curriculum for the program by printing a number of books that address the targeted skills. It also launched an interactive electronic program where the students can benefit from its contents in school and home. The program was also enriched with a series of cartoon especially produced for that purpose and includes stories that solve the skills and support them in a way that matches the age of primary students.
The ( Challenge and Progress ) program shall be implemented at 7 primary schools, with a follow up by educational supervision through direct supervision and field visits, accompanied by phase and final evaluation of the performance development of the target student. Each school prepare a final report about the application of the program with recommendations and suggestions to develop the program.