Teacher training: improving primary education in Africa
We are working in partnership with the Open University UK, BBC African Productions and the BBC Swahili service to broadcast programmes about the importance of teacher training in Africa as part of a larger initiative to improve primary school education.
Start date: June 2007
End date: Ended Dec 2007
Media types: radio and website
Your special focus on Teachers in Africa this week has been superb, phenomenal, fantastic, amazing, eye-opening. . .
Working with the BBC African Productions, BBC Swahili Service and the TESSA Consortium (through the Open University UK), we broadcast two weeks of radio news reports, documentaries and discussion programmes about education in Africa. More
The programmes aimed to promote informed debate among teachers, educationalists, parents, policy makers and the wider community on teaching, and how the goal of 'Education for All' can be achieved in Africa by 2015.
"Your special focus on Teachers in Africa this week has been superb, phenomenal, fantastic, amazing, eye-opening. . . Were it to be made even more widely accessible to as many African teachers and researchers as possible, it would be an excellent resource in places where educational resources are, as you already know, scarce."
TESSA is a unique research and development partnership
Professor Bob Moon, Director of TESSA
The programmes were part of a much larger initiative to support 'Teacher Education in Sub Saharan Africa' (TESSA).
TESSA aims to support education in Africa by providing quality resources for training Africa's primary school teachers, using online materials that can be accessed via the web.
These resources have been written and designed by staff from African partner institutions to equip primary school teachers with teaching skills in the key areas of literacy, numeracy, science, life skills, social studies and the arts.
On the launch of the project, Director of Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) Programme, Professor Bob Moon said:
"TESSA is a unique research and development partnership. Working with thirteen institutions across nine sub-Saharan African countries, it aims to help meet the demand to train thousands more teachers needed to enable millions more children receive a quality basic education. We seek to encourage further partners to play a role in this important research and development programme."