Second phase of UNESCO Cote d’Ivoire teacher training project announced
UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, Mr Qian Tang, has announced that Cote d’Ivoire will begin Phase II of a UNESCO-China Funds-in-Trust (CFIT) project to enhance teacher training through information and communications technologies (ICTs).
Mr Tang made the announcement at a meeting with Ms Kandia Kamissoko Camara, Minister of National Education of Cote d’Ivoire on July 12, 2016 in Abidjan.
The USD700,000 project which started in 2013 has already seen nine training centres established and 400 teachers trained. Phase II will begin in 2017.
“This could combine literacy and Technical and Vocational Education and Training and ICTs to reach as many illiterate individuals as possible through the centres”, said Mr Tang. In Cote d’Ivoire, the literacy rate is just above 50 per cent.
Illiteracy a major obstacle to progress
Ms Camara expressed her gratitude for UNESCO’s strong cooperation with Cote d’Ivoire, especially after the political crisis the country had suffered. She said that illiteracy and grade repetition were some of the biggest challenges facing the country. On a positive note in September 2015, a law on mandatory and free-of-charge schooling for children aged 6 to 16 was promulgated in cooperation with UNESCO and is expected to form part of the new Constitution.
During his mission Mr Tang visited the CFIT centre at Cocody Abidjan and the centre of Huawei, a global technology solutions provider. He said that Huawei was ready to provide equipment to develop new centres. Cote d’Ivoire is one of eight African countries benefitting from the CFIT project.
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