Gambia to host 3rd Continental Curriculum Conference
The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education (MoBSE) will organize the 3rd African Continental Curriculum Conference, which will be hosted by The Gambia in partnership with UNESCO, IBE Geneva Office, African Curriculum Association, the African Union and the Commission on Education Organization between 23-26 May 2022.
In this regard, on Friday, May 6, 2022, MoBSE held a press briefing to inform the public about the upcoming conference to be held at the office of Regional Directorate of Education 1 in Kanifing.
The aim of the conference, according to officials, is to reach a common understanding of how the disconnect between the curriculum, teacher training and learning assessment affects the quality of education.
It also aims to explore the potential of technology and innovation in improving program development, implementation and evaluation, as well as electing new ACA Executive Committee members. .
The aforementioned conference will bring together program developers, implementers, education administrators, partners, teacher trainers and other key stakeholders to discuss and find solutions to address some of the challenges in the education system.
“The conference will allow participants to explore the potential of technology and innovations to improve curriculum processes and products. It is against this background that the 3rd African Continental Curriculum Conference is conceived, during which participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the possible mismatch between the planned, implemented and realized curriculum,” said Momodou Jeng, Director of the Directorate of Curriculum, Research, Assessment and Development (CREDD) at MoBSE.
Mr. Jeng also said that the discussions should result in recommendations on how Africa can move towards holistic and quality curricula and education using hybrid modes.
This, he said, will force many countries to rethink their national curriculum to prepare young people to meet current and future challenges.
Jeng said the conference will also provide an opportunity to consider the curricular implications of translating the global goals into the national context, adding that this will include discussions of the initiative and efforts of the conference co-organizer, as well as those of National Commissions for UNESCO, UNESCO Headquarters and Field Offices, other line ministries, national steering committees on the SDGs and co-organizers of the United Nations Education 2030 Agenda, including the ILO, UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women, UNHCR and the World Bank.
The conference will bring together education experts, civil society, development partners and research institutions, as well as representatives of the private sector and businesses from Africa and beyond. The objective is to build a dialogue in order to share experiences and best practices on curriculum-related issues and to chart a way forward to ensure the implementation of SDG 4. Two hundred and fifty 250 people are expected.
All attendees must register on this website: ACA Conference Registration (nust.na). Conference fees are $150 for face-to-face attendance and $50 for virtual attendance. Contact: ACA Secretariat at [email protected]