20.11.2013 - Education Sector

Teacher education at the heart of Kinshasa Forum

- ©UNESCO/M. Hofer, A young Congolese boy walks to school close to the refugee camp of Kahe in the town of Kitschoro, in the north eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo

The central role of teachers in education and development will be the focus of an international forum that will take place in Kinshasa, Republic Democratic of Congo, from 25-29 November, (from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Grand Hôtel).

The forum will bring together over 200 national and international participants, including: policy makers, researchers, representatives of intergovernmental organizations and NGO’s and teachers.  It will draw up recommendations on efficient ways of managing teacher education especially for disadvantaged groups.

Robust management of teachers is key to offering education to all children.  The shortage of well trained and motivated teachers is of particular concern in Africa.  Sub-Saharan Africa will need to raise its current stock of teachers by 902 000 additional posts to reach Universal Primary Education by 2015.  In the  Democratic Republic of Congo there are 345 486 primary teachers of which 323 188 are trained. If the current number of teachers continues to grow, it is expected that DRC will close the teacher gap by 2015.  (source: UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics, 2013)

This forum is organized by the International Task Force on Teachers for Education For All, a voluntary global alliance of Education For All partners, committed to providing qualified teachers to all children. The Secretariat of the Task Force is based at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

Contact: Mr. Edem ADUBRA, Head, Secretariat of the International Task Force on Teachers for EFA Email: e.adubra(at)unesco.org

 

 




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