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African states urged to design curricula that empowers youth

By Irene Mwende

African states urged to design a curricula that will not only enable youth to work but also empower them to be creative and be originators of tangible solutions to many challenges facing the continent

Speaking the 4th African curriculum Association conference held at Kenya institute of curriculum Development themed learning for sustainable features connections between Curriculum cognition and context ‘ Ghanaian minister for education Hon.Dr Yaw Osei stated that he observed the gaps between African system and that of the US and picked the positive lessons to build model classes in Ghana

He further illustrated with pictures and videos how a model school in Ghana has revolutionised classrooms construction that matches any in the developed West

In her remarks principle secretary for higher education Dr Beatrice Inyangala noted. that Kenya was at dawn of economic takeoff geared towards equipping students with skills that are readily required in the market

” Teachers must strive to be creative in their teaching to capture the imagination of learners giving an example like using music performance to personify the malaria causing pathogen plasmodium” said Inyangala

In his remarks Executive director of the Kenya institute of curriculum Development recommended that educators and curriculum developers in particular need to engage in robust contextual analyse and map strategies for navigating to enhance the acceptability, ownership and support for the curricula with ultimate focus on learning for sustainable futures

” We are currently on our seventh Grade and currently formulating content for senior secondary” said Ong’ondo

Some of the countries represented at the three-day conference include Chad, Benin, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo Brazzaville, Gambia, Eswatini, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Niger, South Sudan, among others.

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