ADAMU Adamu, Minister of Education, says the success of any education system is hinged on the quality of teachers, the curriculum and the delivery method.
Adamu said this in his address at the 7th Teaching and Learning in Africa Conference and 9th Roundtable organised by the Africa Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities(AFTRA) in Abuja on Tuesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that the six-day conference is hosted by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
The conference has the theme: ” Teaching and Learning in Africa in the Context of Sustainable Development Goals 4(SDG4) and Continental Education Strategy For Africa(CESA).”
According to Adamu, the development of any society or nation is largely determined by the level and quality of education of its citizens.
“No matter the quality of our teachers, no matter their experience and no matter the quality of the teaching environment, if the curriculum is faulty, the product will also be faulty.
“With quality teachers and appropriate instrument at their disposal, delivery becomes the next most important aspect in the education system.
“What pedagogical models do we employ in delivering the curriculum, can we harmonise pedagogy across the continent and what are the pros and cons of doing this?
“This and many other questions need to be answered by this conference if we are to guide member states as well as ensure continental success in SDG4 and CESA,” he said.
Adamu added that there was a need for the continent to start planning to work out the infrastructure for teaching and learning.
He explained that the instructional materials, the instrument and more importantly the number of teachers required to service the ballooning enrollment must be worked out now.
The minister also stressed the need to ensure inclusive and quality education and promotion of life long learning for all on the continent in line with SDG4.
Adamu said that the theme for the conference was apt given the urgent necessity to harmonise approaches and strategies for meeting the seven SDG4 targets in all member states.
Adamu urged participants at the conference to provide in-depth analysis and synthesis of both the SDG4 and the CESA 2013- 2025 documents.
“We hope this conference will give us the opportunity to learn from each others experiences, sharing best practices and develop collaboration to support one another. ”
Mr Mabutho Cele, President, AFTRA, in his opening address said ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promotion of lifelong learning should be a priority in Africa.
Cele said this would not only benefit the continent but would ensure continuous professional teacher development en route to the meaningful professionalisation of the teaching profession.
He said the conference was aimed at achieving the following outcomes, which include universal access to primary and secondary education; early childhood development and universal pre-primary education and equal access to technical /vocatonal and higher education.
Others are relevant skills for decent work ; gender equality and inclusion; universal youth literacy and education for sustainable development and global citizenship .
“Of primary importance and relevance to this conference will be to ensure that effective teaching and learning environment ; scholarships and equitable funding and quality teachers and educators are taken into cognizance.
“This will form the basis for implementing the above listed targeted outcomes,’’ he said.
Cele noted that all African countries needed to establish their Teaching Regulatory Authorities that should be part of AFTRA.
David Mabumba, the Deputy Minister of Education, Zambia, in his remarks said that professionalism was key in enhancing the teaching profession.
Mabumba said there was a need to restore the prestige of the teaching profession and provide guidelines for teaching practitioners.
He said the conference would provide a unique opportunity for stakeholders to exchange ideas and come up with solutions to address the issues of teaching and learning on the continent.
NAN reports that AFTRA, which was inaugurated on Oct. 12, 2010 in Abuja, is a a coalition of statutory national agencies, who regulate the teaching profession in various African countries.
With an initial 15 countries as members, AFTRA has grown into a profound continental federation that leads policy development and implementation for the professionalisation of teaching in Africa.(NAN)
– May 15, 2018 @ 19:07 GMT |