EI Africa calls for the involvement of teachers in curriculum development

The African Union Curriculum Cluster held an Experience Sharing Meeting on 10th August 2021. Dr. Dennis Sinyolo, Education International (EI) Africa Regional Director, shared  EI’s  research on the impact of COVID-19 on education. 
The research showed that  very little learning had taken place during school closures because of COVID-19 and that the equity gap had widened, leaving girls, rural children, migrants, refugees, and those with disabilities furthest behind. The research further revealed that  teachers are largely ignored when it comes to education decision making, with over 60% of the teacher respondents from 34 African countries reporting that Governments made COVID-19 related decisions such as closing or opening schools without consulting with them.
Dr Sinyolo then recommended that governments should: 
  1. Ensure the breadth and depth of the curriculum, not just a narrow focus on reading and writing. 
  2. Provide contextually relevant and free professional development programmes for teachers, including those designed to empower them to provide blended teaching and learning. 
  3. Take policy, legislative and other measures to foster social dialogue and involve teachers and their representative organisations in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of education policy and curricular reforms. 
Experiences were also shared by the African Union and its member states, as well as other organisations, including GESCI, VSO International, Plan International, Association of African Universities (AAU), CAFOR, UNECA and UNICEF. 

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