Workshop for technical validation of a qualification referential for Basic Education Teachers in ECOWAS countries
The workshop has the following objectives:
- Review and validation of the synthesis of pilot countries Qualification Referentials for basic education teachers
- Review and technical validation of a draft regional qualification framework for ECOWAS basic education teachers
- Review and validation of a set of criteria for the identification of national and regional qualification authorities
- Consensus on the implementation plan of the development of frameworks for pre and in-service
- Ownership and capacity building of national teams on qualifications frameworks development
One major determinant of the quality of education is the quality of the teaching staff. If all sub-Saharan African countries have identified norms of access to the profession, it is clear that those standards vary considerably from one country to another. In some countries, less than half of the teachers meet the minimum qualification standards approved. (UIS, 2012)
Reforms undertaken by the states in the region to professionalize teachers and develop qualification frameworks to improve the quality, accessibility and national and international public recognition on the labor market of teacher qualifications are not always coordinated particularly in the ECOWAS region.
In order to support this process UNESCO a joint venture on National and Regional Qualifications Frameworks (NQF/RQF) for Teacher. This joint venture is led by UNESCO Dakar office who works in close partnership with The International Task force on Teachers for EFA, CONFEMEN, ADEA, OIF/AUF/IFADEM and The African Union.
The nine ECOWAS pilot countries are Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo.