The regional workshop on teacher management and allocation organized by UNESCO Nairobi and IIEP Pole de Dakar (May 2017)

The education systems in Eastern Africa are facing critical shortcomings in many areas. In particular, the key challenges are teacher recruitment, initial training as well as in-service training in order for teachers to instruct students with sufficient teaching skills and knowledge and professionalism. Teacher is one of the targets of SDG4 and key to create quality and inclusive education.

The infrastructure in Teacher Training Colleges, particularly in rural areas in the Eastern African Member States is facing critical challenges due to a variety of reasons including financial shortage, protracted conflicts, damages by natural disasters and such. The capacities of Ministries of Education in the fields of educational planning, management and comprehensive teacher training curriculum need to be strengthened. UNESCO is providing technical support to reinforce their teacher management systems and policies.

UNESCO in collaboration with UNESCO Pole de Dakar organized the Regional Workshop on Teacher Management in May 2017, which aimed at sharing for more effective teacher allocation in basic education in Africa. Over 90 participants from Ministries of Education and its representatives, education specialists and teacher training colleges’ instructors from Eastern, Central and Southern African countries took part in the Workshop in discussing their critical challenges and sharing good practices of teacher allocation systems.

In addition, UNESCO with the financial support by OFID has begun to implement the programme ‘Strengthening quality teaching and learning for Education for All in Eastern Africa’. The main objective of the OFID programme is to improve the quality of teaching and student learning by improving the skills of teachers and the pedagogical cadre including the development of an increased and adequate supply of teaching tools. While this programme is focusing on Madagascar and Rwanda, UNESCO is also supporting other programmes in Eastern African region focusing on teacher professionalization in Somalia and Uganda. Furthermore, UNESCO and REB are modelling together inclusive and innovative teaching and learning methodologies in Rwanda’s primary and secondary schools. Based on a consultation meeting with key stakeholders, the development of a 100-page teachers’ manual containing practical activities to support the mainstreaming of inclusive education was developed. Moreover, in Uganda, UNESCO through the CapED Project, has devoted to supporting the education sector by developing a teacher management information system (TMIS) to ensure availability and access to accurate and timely teacher data for policy formulation, planning and management. This project also aims to promote the harmonization of teacher training programmes and development of the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) framework for effectively delivery of quality education. It has contributed to improving teachers’ social status and welfare through advocacy.

Furthermore, in the context of the 2030 Education Agenda-SDG4, enhancement of participation in STEM education, particularly for women and girls is very important sustainable development of the Member States. As one of initiatives, UNESCO coordinates STEM Education activities for Africa. The office has developed a STEM Mentorship programme as well as working in an inter-sectoral platform the Education sector on STEM and Gender to unlock the potential of girls in STEM for enhanced participation in STEM careers. StemKenya is a science programme activity that was initiated by the UNESCO to support Kenya’s efforts to reduce the gender gap in STEM by mentoring secondary school girls in STEM through scientific Camps of Excellence. UNESCO is continuing supporting the translation of SDG4 into sector plans, policies, curriculum and teacher training in Eastern Africa.

Related links:

STEM Kenya

UNESCO sector in Science Policy and Capacity Building 





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