The teacher-training system in Syria

A workshop on 16 May 2019


How does one become a teacher in Syria? Is it comparable to Germany, i.e. does the training of future teachers consist of academic, didactic, pedagogic, and practical school training? Is there a distinction made between primary school and secondary school in Syria’s teacher training? These questions were at the center of the professional exchange organized by the Refugee Teachers Program’s project team at the University of Potsdam. Invited speaker was LUISE OSSENBACHALBALKHI (KMK Bonn).

The professional exchange brought together representatives of institutions that play a part in the qualification process of teachers with a foreign teaching degree: the Center for Teacher Training and Education Research (ZeLB), the Center for Languages and Key Competences (Zessko), the Central Student Advisory Service, the International Office, the IQ-Network, and the Brandenburg Ministry of Science, Research, and Culture (MBJS). Participants of the Refugee Teachers Programm took also part in the exchange.

LUISE OSSENBACH-ALBALKHI shed light on the history of Syria’s teacher training, explained its most important reforms, while also taking a look at its current status. The biggest takeaway from the professional exchange was that in Syria the profession of the teacher is not regulated, a fact which is of major importance to the recognition processes of foreign qualifications in Germany. Up until then, a follow-up one-year diploma (“Diblum at-taahil at-tarbawi“) after a fouryear bachelor was thought to be compulsory in order to become a teacher. The diploma is, however, only optional. LUISE OSSENBACH-ALBALKHI is spokesperson for the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) in Bonn.