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Monday, January 18, 2021

Gambia moves to facilitate free movement of teachers within Ecowas

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Held at the Kanifing regional education directorate, the event was jointly organised by Unesco and the Gambia College School of Education. 

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Momodou Sanneh, the secretary general of Gambia National Commission for Unesco, revealed that the project is part of efforts aimed at improving the quality of teachers in the sub-region. 

He added: “The joint platform which is being led by Unesco in partnership with an international taskforce on teachers for Education For All has been tasked to identify nine countries in the Ecowas region as pilot for the development of regional and national qualifications frameworks for basic education school teachers.”

According to him, through the qualification framework being validated, there will be development of competency profiles of basic education school teachers of the nine Ecowas countries and drafting of a referential of qualifications for basic education teachers which will be valid for all the nine Ecowas countries. 

Sanneh noted that The Gambia alongside eight other countries within the Ecowas region now has a responsibility to finalise the draft national competency referential for basic education teachers.

Also speaking, Omar Jatta of Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, said: “Moving a teacher from one country to another to teach with the same framework and teaching professional is a great move and if that teacher is qualified to teach in one country then he/she should also be automatically qualified to teach in another country.

”We are talking about free movement of goods from one member state to another why not the free movement of professional personnel from one country to another, we cannot achieve that unless and until we harmonise our plans and policies and it is important to unify our teaching strategies, qualification framework as well.”

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