Updating the training of educators in Mali


UNESCO is working with the Government of Mali to reinforce the country’s capacities in the training of educators with a view to achieving the Education for All goals. The chief objective is to strengthen the institutional capacities of ministries in charge of education as well as those of structures and institutions responsible for the initial and continuing training of educators. Under the leadership of Mali’s Ministry of Education, and coordinated by UNESCO Bamako, three UNESCO Institutes – the UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA), the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) – have reviewed and reoriented Mali’s capacity-building structures as a first step towards creating a comprehensive policy on capacity development for educators, including those working in non-formal education. They have also revised existing material for the training of educators throughout the entire education sector. Four thematic modules ‒ (1) reading, writing and maths; (2) monitoring, supervision, support and counselling; (3) school management in a crisis or post-crisis context; and (4) evaluation of learning achievements at school ‒ were presented and discussed in a recent workshop. This workshop brought staff and representatives from ministries of education and national training institutions together with experts from IICBA and UIL to finalize the modules. All participants agreed that the modules should be applicable within a broad understanding of the function of educators in formal as well as non-formal learning contexts. They also agreed upon principles for finalizing these modules in a last review exercise immediately after the workshop. After they are officially launched in autumn 2015, the modules will be applied in training institutions in order to build the core competences of Mali’s future teachers and educational personnel. Bibliography • For more details on the Capacity Development for Education for All (CapEFA) Programme’s work in Mali, please see: UNESCO Office Bamako. 2015. Renforcement des capacités des structures de formation des enseignants au Mali, CapEFA Mali; available in the UIL Library. • Rapport d'évaluation nationale de l'Éducation pour tous (EPT) 2015, Pays: Mali gives more detailed information on the progress of the Education for All initiative in Mali. It is available for download at http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0023/002310/231079f.pdf