23.09.2011 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Launch of new Postgraduate diploma in curriculum design and development

A major step forward to promote basic education in Africa, says UNESCO Director.

“This new course is a major step forward for basic education in Africa,” says Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta, director of UNESCO’s Regional Office for Education in Africa, based in Dakar, Senegal.

“Curriculum change has always been at the centre of attention of the UNESCO-backed Basic Education in Africa Programme called BEAP,” she adds.

BEAP promotes a more coherent, equitable and inclusive basic education of a minimum duration of 9 to 10 years.

The aim is to delivery of a quality and relevant education that meets the needs of the African societies, as well as the adoption of a holistic and systemic approach to changing educational systems.

Building a critical mass

The Postgraduate Diploma is in line with the national needs and priorities that African country representatives have identified since the BEAP process was started in 2007.

“We hope that the Diploma will build a critical mass of curriculum expertise at national and international level,” says Ndong-Jatta.

The Diploma is developed with the expertise of IBE, UNESCO’s institute specialized in curriculum issues and has been accredited by the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU).

The course will be conducted in English and combines face-to-face and online components.

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