UNESCO, China to further enhance teachers’ capacity in Africa


The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and China on Monday reiterated their joint commitments to enhancing teachers’ capacity in Africa towards the provision of quality education across the continent.

UNESCO and Chinese education sector officials made the joint commitment on Monday during a high-level continental meeting slated from March 18 to 21 under the theme “Joint Consultation on Teachers Development in Africa.”

The high-level consultative meeting commended the recently concluded UNESCO-China Funds-in-Trust (UNESCO-CFIT) phase II project, which has been under implementation since 2012.

The meeting further commended the Chinese government’s “continued support” to UNESCO’s efforts toward enhancing teachers’ capacity through education and training.

“What we appreciated is that China donated resources to UNESCO to implement the project in countries in all the planning, implementation and monitoring phases,” Edem Adubra, Chief of Section of Teacher Development at UNESCO, told Xinhua on the sidelines of the continental meeting.

“It is a real tripartite partnership to reinforce the South-South Cooperation,” Adubra added, as he outlined the role China has been playing towards the realization of the project’s major goals.

China and UNESCO also on Monday announced the third phase of the UNESCO-CFIT project, which is presently under study by stakeholders.

“This steady support by the Chinese government is different from other cooperation and contributions we normally receive,” Adubra said, as he described the support from China as “punctual.”

The UNESCO-CFIT project on “Enhancing Teacher Education for Bridging the Education Quality Gap in Africa” was launched in 2012 with funding from the Chinese government.

The project has so far benefited 10 African countries including Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.

Guo Wei, representative of Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, said that “after 6 years of successful implementation, the project is now considered as a flagship project in the framework of the South-South Cooperation, and under the platform of UNESCO.”

“The project has made positive contributions to teachers’ education and training in Africa,” the representative said, adding it has also set a good example for member states which plan to implement similar projects.

“We are confident that the third phase will be more relevant to the local context and the need of the participating countries,” she added. Enditem

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