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 Saturday, February 06, 2010

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Prof. Cryspus Kiamba, will officially open Teacher Education Program Conference organized by the African Virtual University (AVU), on Tuesday 2nd April 2010, 2:00pm at Ole-Sereni Hotel (Mombasa Road).

The AVU is facilitating a virtual training program for teachers in 10 African Countries. The program is already on progress in the Universit Cheikh Anta Diop in Senegal and Kyambogo University in Uganda. Other beneficiary countries are Kenya, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Somalia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The program is funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and partly by the UNDP.

The conference will gather ministries of education, universities, teacher unions and strategic partners and will address the best implementation strategies in each country, the extension of the program to more universities and countries and the long term sustainability of this initiative. Teaching materials have been developed in collaboration with the 10 countries and a pilot phase conducted in Kenya, Senegal and Somalia.

As part of its strategic responses to the continental challenges facing the teaching profession and to contribute to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the AVU initiated in 2005 a continent-wide teacher education and training program which focuses on increasing the quantity and quality of Mathematics, Science and ICT teachers through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). The goal of the program is to enhance the capacity of teachers in the use of ICTs as a tool for teaching and learning.

Source: AVU