01.02.2010 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

First Steering Committee Meeting of UNESCO's Teacher Training Initiative for sub-Saharan Africa (TTISSA)

UNESCO organized on 25-26 January 2010 the first Teachers Training Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa (TTISSA) Steering Committee meeting at the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Africa (BREDA), in Dakar, Senegal.

The objective was to discuss ways and means to move forward in the implementation of TTISSA.

Launched in 2006 by UNESCO, the Initiative is aimed at supporting Sub-Saharan African countries in responding to the challenges posed by the teacher issue in the framework of Education for All (EFA) by increasing the number and improving the quality of the teaching force.

After a first implementation phase led by UNESCO Headquarters between 2006 and 2009, the Initiative is now being coordinated by the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Africa (BREDA).

During the first phase, a methodological guide for the analysis of teacher issue was developed to facilitate the support to be provided to interested countries.

The Steering Committee meeting examined the toolkit and recommended modifications for its improvement. Different presentations were made to better inform partners on the initiative and to mobilize them for support.

To move forward, diagnosis on the teacher issue will be conducted in several countries in the coming months. They will be used as basis for other more specific activities. Partners participating to the meeting expressed their commitment to support TTISSA at regional, sub-regional and national levels.

A follow-up to these commitments will be assured for effective supports while the advocacy for TTISSA will be intensified for the involvement of other partners.

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