Written by Godfrey AKON

Expert advocates African approach to education delivery

For Africa to strengthen its foundation, the continent must contextualize its educational delivery, an educationist, Prof George Oduro, has said.

Oduro, who is a Professor of Educational Leadership at the Institute for Educational Planning and Administration in University of Cape Coast, Ghana, stated this in Abuja while on a visit to enlist Nigeria’s support for the institute’s bid for category 2 status.

He stressed that there was need to conceptualize educational delivery as Africans who will think African, practice African before thinking global, adding that if Africa has weak foundations, globalisation would become very challenging.

The expert noted that his institute needed the expertise from Nigeria through the Nigerian Institute for Educational Planning and Administration, NIEPA, which is one of UNESCO's centres of excellence, adding that the visit was to establish a link with NIEPA.

He said the institute had identified educational planning as very critical in policy formulation and the meeting would offer them the opportunity in the sub-region to generate data to support policy that were initiated by Ministry of education.

Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, welcomed collaboration from the institute as it would help to exchange ideas on how true effective planning and administration can transform the educational system.

Represented by the Director, Educational Planning, Research and Development in the ministry, Mrs. Christiana Ogbede, Echono noted that Nigeria wants to see the education sector turned around for good.

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.

 

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