In a collaboration between the Education Anchor and Africa Education unit, the World Bank held a technical workshop on Improving Teacher Management Systems in Challenging Situations in Nairobi, Kenya on February 17-19. The workshop brought together representatives from Sub-Saharan Africa countries to discuss teacher policy and management and the challenges confronting fragile and conflict-affected countries.
The objectives for the 3 day workshop were twofold: (i) to provide a forum for these countries to share experiences in teacher management and gain knowledge in areas such as teacher deployment and development, human resource management, and school level supervision; and (ii) to foster both immediate and longer-term cross-country knowledge exchange on teacher management and policy issues, including multi-grade instruction, teacher deployment and certification and integration of community teachers.
Workshop participants came from a range of Ministries of Education in Eritrea, Liberia, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Kenya, the host country was represented by the University of Nairobi Department of Education, which is setting up a new Masters Program in Education in Emergencies. Donor participants came from the European Union, DFID, USAID, UNICEF and the Fast Track Initiative. The International Rescue Committee and the trade union movement in Zimbabwe represented Civil Society.
The Workshop was structured around four themes:
- Getting Teachers to School (supply and deployment)
- Managing Teachers (administration of pay and the remuneration mix)
- Improving Quality, Particularly in Rural areas (multigrade and other strategies)
- Monitoring Teaching (at school and central levels, role of non government actors)
The representatives identified a point person to carry forwards discussion on possible interventions that will help address one or two issues identified by each country. Once there is agreement on possible follow-up activities, the Bank team will work with each country team to take this forward.
Access the full report giving an overview on the workshop.
Also read the Conference edition of a paper on Teacher Policy and Management in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations.