Comoros is made up of three volcanic islands to the north of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Moroni is the capital city located on the main island of Grande Comore (Ngazidja). The climate is hot and humid, and the islands experience heavy precipitation throughout the year. Comoros has a generally open and relaxed culture, and the people practice a moderate form of Islam.
Host Institution: Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education manages the University of Comoros and the Comorian educational system, overseeing teachers and curricula from primary through university levels. The University of Comoros is a public, multi-site university; the main campus is based in Moroni, and another center is located in Patsy on the island of Anjouan. Approximately 4,500 students are currently enrolled in the university.
Established in 2003, the university is a relatively young institution that includes the Department of Humanities, the Department of Law and Economics, the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, the Teachers’ College, the Institute of Technology, and the School of Medical Studies. English is principally taught in the Department of Applied Foreign Languages within the Department of Humanities. Challenges for the university’s English language teaching programs include overcrowded classes, a lack of English teachers, and disparities in students’ English levels. The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section (PAS) partners with this university through American Corner programs, donations of teaching materials, and academic exchange programs.
- The Fellow will work at the Ministry of Education to support teacher training at the university, secondary, and elementary levels. The Fellow will develop a training program and schedule, and working with the Ministry, will conduct teacher training events for instructors from all three islands (Grand Comores, Moheli, and Anjouan).
- The Fellow will also train new and returning University of Comoros faculty, and will teach first- and second-year university students as time permits.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Develop a new English language curriculum framework for primary school levels
- Support Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) working in Comoros, and serve as a resource for students in Peace Corps-led classes and programs
- Work with the Ministry to explore creating additional English language study opportunities