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Technical validation of curriculum framework in Gambia



Banjul, Gambia, 3-4 December 2010 A draft National Curriculum Framework for use at the basic education level has been completed by the Gambian Ministry of Basic and Secondary education, in partnership with stakeholders and in line with country specificities and international trends, including competency-based and inclusive approaches. This is one important initiative for the implementation of UNESCO’s Basic Education in Africa Programme (BEAP). The first Regional Conference of BEAP was held in Banjul, Gambia, in April 2008. This conference was attended by representatives from the Gambian and Ethiopian ministries of education, Gambian education institutions and organizations, the Gambia National Commission, relevant UNESCO entities and sister agencies as well as identified international experts. It aimed to review developments and challenges in Gambian basic education, aligning visions on the BEAP, agreeing on the components to be prioritized in Gambia, and defining actions to be taken as well as resource mobilization. Among the outcomes of the first Regional Conference was agreement that BEAP would focus on (competency-based) curriculum development and capacity development. The conference produced a draft “roadmap” for BEAP implementation in Gambia, the priority areas of focus being: curriculum framework, curriculum development, capacity development and communication strategy. In November 2008, a national capacity development workshop was held in Gambia, aiming at improving the understanding of BEAP, concepts of curriculum and developing technical skills for producing the country’s first Curriculum Framework for Basic Education, according to the agreed “roadmap”. In December 2008, IBE supported BEAP implementation in Gambia by providing a consultant visit, which led to the elaboration of an outline of the Curriculum Framework, based on in-country stakeholder consultation. The workshop, aimed to enrich the draft framework, will benefit from UNESCO-IBE and BREDA’s technical expertise, allowing the country’s technical core team to validate the draft National Curriculum Framework. For more information:

  • Workshop Agenda: ENG (PDF, 65 KB)