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basic education for africa programme the kigali call for action

Basic Education for Africa Programme: The Kigali Call for Action

Mrs Ann-Therese Ndong-Jatta


Basic Education in Africa Programme (BEAP)

Presentation layout

Part 1 Description of the context and problem identification in brief

Part 2 outlines the highlights of the ‘Kigali Call for Action’ and instrument of implementation—BEAP

Part 3 On-going implementation of BEAP

Conclusion and recommendations

policy dialogue on reform of basic education
Subject of many international conferences since 2001 (Mauritius)-- Context

Focus should shift from compilation of evidence to action and more action for success– Kigali Call for Action

How to create the link between what takes place in schools, realities of labour market intelligence and socio-cultural needs--BEAP

Policy Dialogue on Reform of Basic Education

Ann-Therese Ndong-Jatta UNESCO

problem identification
High student-drop out rates, poor quality, low performance for life-long learning, the world of work or further education

System of education designed to prepare students for higher education however on average less than 20% go to university

Increased demand for secondary school places means increased levels of investment

Expanding access no solution to address performance, relevance and quality issues

Problem Identification

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limited success of the educational system in africa
Increased access but quality still poor and not relevant to needs

Fragmented education delivery, coherence and continuity at different levels questionable

Present basic education partly a patchwork of curriculum for primary school and lower secondary organised around examination syllabi

Over 50% of students enrolled fail to acquire basic generic competences and skills to excel

Limited Success of the Educational System in Africa

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research on employment opportunities shows
Unemployed or underemployed graduates

Most skills used in micro-enterprises have no relationship with skills acquired in school and are generally non-technical

Basic education graduates lack the requisite knowledge, generic competences/skills and attitudes for post basic learning, professional training and the world of work

Research on Employment Opportunities Shows

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objectives of basic education in africa programme beap
Not a project

Not donor driven

Not for the privileged few

Not for unemployment

Objectives of Basic Education in Africa Programme (BEAP)

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beap is
An implementation instrument of the ‘Kigali Call for Action’ for a 9/10 year uninterrupted basic education of quality and relevance

A strategy for reform of basic education through development of a curriculum framework premised on competences, entrepreneurship philosophy, employability, social integration, living together

A country led initiative with well coordinated and harmonised donor input efficiently utilised


Ann-Therese Ndong-Jatta UNESCO

general objectives
Support improvement of existing curriculum for Basic Education to enhance quality learning outcomes

Incorporate latest curriculum-related initiatives and research

Supplement in-country resources and initiatives to address improvements and priorities identified by pilot countries

Build in-country capacity to plan, implement and monitor

Support in-country teams in building into the MTF funding implications of implementing improvements to Basic Education to benefit from SWAps and budget support

Encourage South-South cooperation and sharing of available expertise

Ensure a proper ownership at national level of the BEAP

General Objectives

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programme design principles
Change to be initiated as a matter of urgency and that is sustainable

Coordinated support of UNESCO and its partner agencies focussing on country priorities and needs

South-South cooperation for exchange of experience and expertise between countries

Programme Design: Principles

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expected outcomes
A system of inclusive 9/10 years basic education with consideration of at least one year of pre-school

A curriculum framework for 9/10 years uninterrupted basic education with syllabi designed to combine knowledge, skills, attitudes and values using entrepreneurship approach right from kindergarten or pre-school.

Expected Outcomes

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expected outcomes12
Political will and action to increase mobilisation of additional domestic and external

Country leadership for curriculum reform, development of requisite capacities of education personnel

Increased financial and technical assistance more targeted to quality learning outcomes

Expected Outcomes…

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progress since kigali
Launch of the implementation of BEAP with the pilot countries in the Gambia from the 21st to the 25th of April: Draft Road map prepared

Planning for Ethiopia’s stakeholders meeting is underway

Rwanda’s is envisaged later in the year.

Progress since Kigali

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priority areas of focus
Curriculum framework for a relevant nine/ten-year basic education of quality

Skills and competency based curriculum and syllabus development for 9/10 years uninterrupted basic education with due cognisance of using mother language as medium of instruction in early grades wi

Capacity development using the cascading approach for curriculum developers, head-teachers, monitors and teachers

Communication strategy

Priority Areas of Focus

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critical factors for success
A Re-think of the purpose of education and reduced examination syllabus driven teaching

Integration of the BEAP into the Strategic and medium term plan of the government

A core team of curriculum developers and teacher trainers

A curriculum framework for 9/10 years basic education with appropriate assessment tools for monitoring learning

A competency based curriculum and integrated subjects syllabi embedding the philosophy and practice of entrepreneurship

A Communication strategy and increased support for BEAP

Enhanced levels of learning and competences for transition to higher levels of education and the world of work

Increased social integration through acts of citizenship and the appreciation of volunteering

Multiple entry points for competency based inclusive curriculum for formal, informal and non-formal

Transfer of lessons learnt in BEAP to expansion of secondary education for quality assurance

Critical factors for success

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Working together by all parties concerned for the success of all learners

Efficient utilisation of existing domestic resources for success in 9/10 years BE

Curriculum design to make the leap from access to success in education as a right

Bringing together all UNESCO initiatives—LIFE, TTISSA and EDUCAIDS within BEAP


Ann-Therese Ndong-Jatta UNESCO

Thank you for your kind attention!

Ann-Therese Ndong-Jatta UNESCO