Contextualisation of African educational delivery key to strenthening African foundation- Expert
An expert, Prof. George Oduro, Professor of Educational Leadersship, Institute for Educational Planning and Administration, University of Cape Coast, Ghana says contextualisation of African education delivery is key to strenthening African foundation.
Oduro said this in Abuja on Tuesday as he led a team of experts from the University of Cape Coast to seek support and expertise from Nigeria as his institute bid for a category 2 status.
He said there was need for the conceptualisation so that the context we prepare could be of good quality.
“One thing that came out from all the deliberations is the need to conceptualise our educational delivery as Africans, who will think African, practice African before thinking global.
” Because if we have weak African foundation, then globalisation becomes challenging.”
Oduro added that the institute had identified educational planning as very critical in educational policy formulation and the meeting would offer them the opportunity in the subregion to generate data to support policy that were initiated by Ministry of education.
He said they discovered that they needed the expertise from Nigeria through the Nigerian Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) which is one of UNESCO’s centre of excellence.
Oduro added that the visit was to establish link with NIEPA to explore and find out which expertise Ghana produce to facilitate the process of bidding for category 2 status.
Also, Dr David Shofoyeke, Chief Training and Research Fellow in charge of North Central Office, NIEPA said the institution was ready to support Ghana in programme design, instititutional strengthening and strategic planning.
He added that Nigerian had done a lot through collaboration with UNICEF as over 34 states have had their sector plan developed through technical assistance from the Institute.
Responding, Mr Sonny Echono, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, respresented by Mrs Christiana Ogbede, Director, Education, Planning, Research and Development said Nigeria wants to begin to see the education sector turned around for good and it began with planning.
Echono said the collaboration was a welcome development as it would help to exchange ideas as to how true effective planning and administration can turn the educational system positively.
He pledged to extend the collaboration to other regions until Nigeria attained her national and international ideas of education and other goals of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)