Africa Prepares to Implement the Teacher Target

Africa Prepares to Implement the Teacher Target

September 07 th, 2015.
DETA conf

The Distance Education and Teachers' Training in Africa (DETA) Conference is an Africa-specific biennial conference initiated by the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 2005. The purpose of the conference is to provide a platform for educationists in Africa to meet and deliberate on educational issues in Africa. The major objectives are to contribute to the debate on teacher training in Africa and to build capacity for the delivery of teacher training programmes in Africa.

The 6th conference, co-hosted by the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and the Mauritius Institute of Education, Mauritius, took place in Mauritius from 20 to 24 July. The theme was "The Future We Want: Teacher development for the transformation of education in diverse African contexts". Dr Edem Adubra, the chief of the TTF Secretariat, was the keynote speaker and to provide valuable insight into the theme of the conference.Prominent African educationists who delivered keynote addresses were Prof Jean Baxen (Head: School of Education, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa), Dr Oomandra Varma, (Director: Mauritius Institute of Education, Mauritius) and Dr Charmaine Villet (Dean: Faculty of Education, University of Namibia, Namibia). 

The subthemes of the conference were "Teaching children in diverse African contexts", "Pedagogies that will achieve "The Future We Want" for education in Africa", "The role and impact of technology on teacher development" and "Quality in education as a prerequisite to establish "The Future We Want" for education in Africa". A total of 115 papers were delivered. Approximately 180 participants from 18 African countries and a few from outside of Africa attended the conference.

"During the conference, participants committed to work together, share more about innovative practices and their institutions, work on and avail their expertise to the decision-makers to transform education in Africa", Dr Edem Adubra comments. 

The 3rd African Deans of Education Forum (ADEF), under the leadership of Prof Irma Eloff, Dean: Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria, South Africa, was held back to back with the DETA 2015 Conference. Dr Edem Adubra and Prof Bob Moon (Emeritus Professor of Education: The Open University, United Kingdom) facilitated a discussion on the role deans in Africa can play to support the EFA initiative.

The University of Pretoria is already in the process of identifying a partner institution to co-host the next DETA Conference in 2017.

Reported by Dr Ruth Aluko 
Researcher / Instructional Design Supporter Unit for Distance, 
Education Faculty of Education Groenkloof Campus University of Pretoria PRETORIA

See more about the outcome of the conference: http://www.up.ac.za 




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