Mainstreaming of Cross-cutting Issues in the Curriculum of Schools and Teacher Training Institutions in Angola (CapEFA 2009-2011)

This CapEFa programme, officially launched in April 2009, is being coordinated by the UNESCO Windhoek Office, in collaboration with the National Commission and the technical assistance of the UNESCO IBE. The work is conducted in close cooperation with the INIDE, Institute of the Ministry of Education specialized in research and curriculum development.

 

After a first phase (2006-2008) where UNESCO provided assistance to the Angolan MOE in the framework of a CapEFA programme merely focusing on issues such as teacher training and VET, the new CapEFA programme (2009-2011) focuses on the mainstreaming of crosscutting issues in the curriculum of schools and teacher training.

 

During the May 2010 workshop it was decided that National Guidelines for the mainstreaming of cross-cutting issues in the curriculum of schools and teacher raining institutions will be developed. Given the importance of cross-cutting issues for sustaining preparation for life and work, it is expected that the National Guidelines (developed in both Portuguese and English) will constitute an important leverage for enhancing, through competency development, the quality of education for all in Angola, while serving also as an example of good practice for other countries.

 

The six inter-related cross-cutting issues to be implemented in the curricula are: Peace and Human Rights Education, HIV and AIDS, Environmental Education, Gender, Culture/Intercultural Understanding, and Entrepreneurship. According to the findings of as first workshop in May 2010, the cross-cutting themes for the majority of them, are not or only scarcely present in the curricular documents of the current education system in Angola.

 

These Guidelines will also be useful for the revision of curriculum documents and textbooks of the Angolan education system that will start in 2011. The revision of curricula and textbooks was requested by the Angola Ministry of Education and will be conducted by INIDE.