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TTC OER Contest

Contest Submission Rules and Guidelines

Call for Teacher Training College Students to Submit Original Educational Resources

-- Open to Females Only --

Deadline for Submissions: October 21, 2017

Rules and Conditions

Dear Contestant,
Please read carefully the following Rules and Terms as they describe the conditions that govern participation in the Darakht-e Danesh Contest for Original Educational Resources by Female TTC Students.

General Conditions:

  1. The Contest is open only to female students who are enrolled at one of the following 11 teacher training colleges (TTCs): Kabul, Parwan, Laghman, Nangarhar, Khost, Kandahar, Herat, Badakhshan, Takhar, Bamyan and Faryab.
  2. The contest will in the conducted in two forms: one winner selected from among the female students of each of the above mentioned 11 TTCs; and one winner selected from among all female contestants from all above mentioned TTCs.
  3. Entries are limited to individuals only. Group submissions are not eligible.
  4. The Contest begins October 9, 2017 and ends October 21, 2017.
  5. No specific topic or theme is chosen for this contest. Contestants can choose to develop resources in the subject of their choice; however, the submitted entry must be in full accordance with the curriculum taught in Afghanistan’s schools.
  6. Each contestant can submit only one entry.
  7. The entry must be original content. The contestant should be the creator of the entry submitted, and may not submit the work of others. You may reference the content of others in your entry but must clearly attribute credit where it is due.
  8. The contestants may prepare their entries in the form of an article, lesson plan, classroom game, experiment, supplementary learning material, explanatory material, or other educational content.
  9. Entries may be text-based, visual, or may be in video and audio format such as clips.
  10. All entries will be reviewed by a selection committee (the Jury) consisting of five experts from the education sector in Afghanistan.
  11. Entries will be judged upon the following criteria: clarity, accuracy, and relevance to the discipline under which they are submitted. Consideration will also be given to the contemporary nature of the topic, the overall readability of the article, as well as the writing skills of the author.
  12. Contestants are encouraged to submit multimodal resources. Multimodal refers to the use of more than one mode for conveying a message (such as text and visuals like drawings, diagrams, maps or other illustrations).
  13. Winners will be the top three entries selected by the jury for each TTC.
  14. The top three entries chosen by the jury will be published with the name, photo and biography of the contestant in DDL and CW4WAfghan websites.
  15. Other selected entries will be published in DDL, per the discretion of CW4WAfghan.
  16. Entries will not be returned to authors. Therefore, authors are encouraged to keep a copy for themselves.

Specific Requirements:

  1. Each entry must contain the following information for the contestant: First name, last name, field of study, year of education, residential address, email address and contact number of the contestant. The above information should be included on the last page of the entry.
  2. The written entry must be typed in MS Word.
  3. The main text should be between 6 to 12 pages.
  4. The article must contain the following: learning objective, preface, table of contents, conclusion and references.
  5. The entries must be accordance with the stated learning objectives.
  6. The margin of the text must be as follows: Top: 4cm, Bottom: 2cm, Right: 3cm and left: 2cm.
  7. The font for text must be Arial, font size 14 and space between lines: Exactly 22.
  8. The entry must be original and not be already published in any platform of media, online or offline.
  9. The entry must be sent in PDF and Word formats to both of these emails:  info@darakhtdanesh.org and Projectsmanager@cw4wafghan.ca.
  10. In the subject line write: “for DDL Contest”.
  11. The contestant should receive a confirmation of receipt within 48 hours after submission; resend the email or contact by PHONING 0780 459 134 or 0788 970 931.
  12. By submitting your video, you give Darakht-e Danesh and CW4WAfghan irrevocable and perpetual royalty-free consent to reproduce, distribute, adapt, modify, or use your submission for promotional purposes. You acknowledge that your submission will be openly published under a CC-BY license in the Darakht-e Danesh online library where it will be accessible to all registered users.
  13. If you have any additional questions not covered by these terms  please contact: info@darakhtdanesh.org or at the above mentioned phone numbers.

Additional Rules and Conditions for submitting Audio and Video Clips

  • Videos/Audios must be in Dari or Pashto.
  • You may reference the content of others in your video/audio but must clearly attribute credit where it is due. If you use an image or graphic in your video that was created by someone else, ensure you have permission to use it, or if it is freely licensed.
  • If your video/Audio features other people or voices, you should have the permission of those who contributed to your video/audio to be included in a video/audio that will be viewable on the interne
  • The entries must reflect the following characteristics:
    • Stimulating presentation of content
    • Present information in a way that a viewer easily learns a new topic
    • The narrator is dynamic and engaging
    • Information is sequenced well
    • Content is fact-based, well supported, and accurate
    • The length of each video/audio should normally be between 5 - 10 minutes, and maximum 12 minutes.  
  • The video/audio should have a clearly defined learning objective. For example, “In this clip, I am going to explain what vascular heart disease is, teach you the causes of this disease, and we are going to discuss systolic murmurs, aortic stenosis and aortic regurgitation.” In addition, you may also list target learning outcomes, such as “By the end of this clip, you will be able to identify heart murmurs, explain the difference between systolic murmurs, diastolic murmurs, and extra heart sounds, and you will understand mitral valve regurgitation and mitral valve prolapse.”
  • The entries must follow the following standards:
    • Sound quality must be good and narration be clearly audible. There should be no background noise.
    • Visual quality must be high resolution.
    • Editing, if relevant, should be smooth and coherent.
  • Your entry can use any method to teach the learning objective, or a mix of methods. For example, you may have yourself teaching in front of a white backdrop, or using a blackboard in your video clips.
  • To send your video entry, you must upload it to YOUTUBE and send the link to info@darakhtdanesh.org or projectsmanager@cw4wafghan.ca.
  • By submitting your video, you give Darakht-e Danesh and CW4WAfghan irrevocable and perpetual royalty-free consent to reproduce, distribute, adapt, modify, or use your submission for promotional purposes. You acknowledge that your submission will be openly published under a CC-BY license in the Darakht-e Danesh online library where it will be accessible to all registered users.
"Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel." ~ Socrates
"If your tree brings the fruit of knowledge / it shall bring the sky down to the earth” - Nasir Khusraw (1004 – 1088 AD)
The great aim of education is not knowledge but action. -- Herbert Spencer
Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave. -- Hadith
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. ― William Arthur Ward
Asking good questions is half of learning. -- Sufi saying
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well. ― Aristotle
Enlightenment must come little by little-otherwise it would overwhelm. -- Idries Shah
We were scared. But school was where we wanted to be. -- Shabana Basij-Rasikh, Afghan education activist
Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim, male and female. -- Hadith
Education is a living treasure for all humankind. ~ Ehsan Ullah, Founder, Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies
I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library. ~ Jorge Luis Borges
A teacher is a candle that burns to enlighten others. ~ Afghan proverb
There is a path to the top of the highest mountain. ~ Afghan proverb
Drop by drop a river is made. ~ Afghan proverb
We should all attempt to acquire as much knowledge as possible in order that we may render our services to society in the manner of the women of early Islam. -- Queen Soraya of Afghanistan, 1926
If you learn even one word more than yesterday, you will be totally a different person.