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  1. 1. Educating Africa
  2. 2. Millennium Goals for Africa Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger Achieve universal primary education Promote gender equality and empower women Reduce child mortality
  3. 3. Improve maternal health Combat HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases Ensure environmental sustainability Develop a global partnership for development
  4. 4. Challenges for education Acute teacher shortage (between 2 and 4 million additional teachers needed to achieve UPE by 2015) But attractiveness of teaching career is declining, making recruitment and retention increasingly difficult HIV, AIDS and other diseases have had a dramatic impact on teacher supply
  5. 5. Widespread use of untrained teachers, increasing and becoming more persistent Where teachers are trained, programmes often inadequate preparation for reality of schools; inappropriate structures and curriculum, poor quality trainers, lack of basic resources and materials
  6. 6. Lack of coherent policies for professional training and development Insufficient standardization of accreditation Weak links between pre-service and in- service training Lack of career paths and succession planning
  7. 7. In rural areas.. Schooling is an interrupted process Readiness to learn is reduced by non- school factors Poor quality teaching/few materials/no resources Perceived curriculum relevance low Not an immediate priority for governments
  8. 8. What is a good rural school? Community view Teachers view System view
  9. 9. Community perspective Access and safety School/community relations Curriculum that connects with local cultural and religious beliefs A resource to the community Accountable to the community
  10. 10. Teacher perspective Examination results Pay and conditions Class size Student attendance and behaviour Support and recognition Progression/promotion Management not corrupt
  11. 11. System perspective Examination results Follows set curriculum Care of resources and school environment Extra-curricular activities Working relationships Community support
  12. 12. Priorities for action Teacher performance and development- including position of women teachers Fit-for-purpose information systems and information management Local knowledge of school improvement strategies and approaches
  13. 13. Curriculum reform: reflect local needs and opportunities Links with health services and programmes Effective support- from system from community from parents