African Scholars Brainstorm On Education In Kenya

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By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
 About 200 African scholars met in Kenyan for two weeks to  brainstorm on how to revolutionalise tertiary education in Africa.
The scholars from 13 African Universities, and four research institutions, met on the platform of Partnership for Africa Social and Governance Research (PASGR) to explore new learning methods that would be beneficial to learners in African Universities.
Executive Director, of PASGR, Prof. Tade Aina, organizers of the training said the failing standard of university education in Africa, and the need for Africa’s tertiary institutions to meet global standard propelled PASGR to take up the challenge in addition to her on going project of Master of Research in Public Policy (MRPP) in 13 African Universities.
Prof. Aina who was speaking at the official launch of the training tagged Partnership for Pedagogical Leadership in Africa (Pedal) in  INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL Nairobi, Tuesday noted that.   “ failure in Africa tertiary education is attributed to lack of core values “.
 He then advanced the need for partnership and rethink “on how to join hands and revive higher education in Africa“. .
 He explained that“  PEDAL would take into consideration the rich African wisdom and vision that are under utilized in the educational system.“
 Aina, who expressed optimism that in the next few years, “ tertiary education in Africa will gain a place of honour at the global stage”, commended the Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR) and the UKaid for supporting the vision, and making it real.
He noted  that the support from higher institutions regulating bodies, participating universities, and scholars is enormous, and the attendance of key government officials, policy makers, and university vice chancellors is a confirmation that PEDAL has come to redeem Africa tertiary institutions.
In her opening remarks, PASGR Director of Higher Education, Dr. Beatrice Muganda revealed that the official launch is because of the success of the pilot work carried out in eight universities across Africa. The success story from the eight universities will now be extended to all the 13 Universities where MRPP programmes are hosted, and by extension other universities in Africa
Dr Muganda, who is driving force of PEDAL, disclosed that the launch is the beginning of system change, as university lecturers will be trained to create platform that will enhance effective learning process in African Universitie.
She posited that PEDAL is dynamic, skill oriented with global perspective
. The training, Dr. Muganda assured will be total and useful, as follow up and mentorship is built into it.
She disclosed that second stage of the training would be in six months time at two centres, one in West Africa and the other in east Africa.
Programme Director, Strategic Partnership for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR) Dr. Pauline Ganja explained that PEDAL“ is aim at catalyzing systemic change in higher education; it is focused on partnership to work on common goals, to transform teaching in the universities.
She explained that, it is a global network, whose relationship emerged from MRPP resource persons
Dr. Ganja commended PASGR leadership under Prof Aina, and expressed optimism that Dr. Muganda who is leading PEDAL will ensure the effective use of power of collaboration and delegated responsibilities
. She disclosed that PEDAL is research based approved teaching method and will for now focus on social sciences and Postgraduate studies.
A member of MRPP Steering Committee, Prof Bonaventure Haruna, of the University of Jos, Nigeria said PEDAL’s course content is unique, and the resource persons are scholars of international reputation, well tested, with proven contribution to knowledge. He noted that the approach is that learners are not to be spoon-fed, to discover the potential in them.
Prof. Haruna said the ten days training covered Technology Enhance Learning, Constructive Alignment, Stimulation, Innovative Assessment, Tricky Topics, Personal Teaching Philosophy, Role Play, Engendering Curriculum, Hidden Curriculum, and Pedagogical Leadership among others.
Participating Universities are :  Jos, Ibadan, Lagos, Ghana, Egerton, Makere, Botswana, Uganda Martyrs, Maseno, Mzumbe, Dares Salaam, Sierra Leone, Nairobi and Liberia with four Research Institutions.

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