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Bridging the gap between the basic education curriculum and teacher education reforms in Africa (technical planning workshop)

Capacity building in curriculum development and teacher education is an area where all African countries need support through the Basic Education in Africa Programme (BEAP), especially at a time when many countries in the region are in a process of curriculum change and reform.


Educational trends jointly assessed with BEAP countries, have provided evidence that curriculum reform remains one of the most challenging and urgent priority of countries’ education reforms. In this context, it has been recommended that BEAP supports African countries to develop sub-regional centres for curriculum matters and capacity development, with a special view to bridging the gap between the basic education curriculum and teacher education reforms.

UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE) has started the implementation of long-term, sustainable and accredited capacity development programmes, mainly based on its Training Tools for Curriculum Development (TTCD). These programmes aim to expand and strengthen existing capacities in the field of curriculum at the regional, national and local levels. The first Postgraduate Diploma course in Curriculum Design and Development has been successfully carried out in Latin America and the Caribbean region during August 2010 (and it will continue, through a distance education modality, up to May 2011).

The implementation of postgraduate diploma courses in curriculum design and development in Africa is seen as an appropriate means to further develop local capacities and create a solid building block for improving the quality of curricular proposals within a long-term vision. Tanzania’s proposal of being the first African country to host such a diploma course has been considered primarily because of the country’s importance in East Africa, its leading role in curriculum reforms in the region, as well as its long-term and in-depth involvement in BEAP. Officially charged with the responsibility of interpreting Government curriculum policies and official instructions in order to ensure quality education for all, the Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE) has been granted support by the Tanzanian Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MOETV) to implement the Postgraduate Diploma.

The upcoming technical planning workshop in Tanzania from 29 November to 1 December 2010 is intended to prepare the proposal of the postgraduate diploma and relevant courses. Engaging diverse institutions and key actors in its preparation, the workshop aims to plan the framework as well as the definition of the roles, responsibilities and support of all involved actors for its implementation. It is co-organized by UNESCO-IBE, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Africa (BREDA, Dakar, Senegal) and the Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The accredited diploma courses being carried out in Latin America in collaboration with the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education (OREALC) and the Catholic University of Uruguay (UCU) will lend important lessons to the preparation of similar courses in Africa (tentatively scheduled for October 2011), as a joint venture between TIE, relevant UNESCO constituencies, as well as other key stakeholders.


  • Concept paper: ENG (PDF, 85 KB)