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Supporting teacher trainers and teachers in Burkina Faso to improve the quality of teaching reading and writing

The UNESCO International Bureau of Education’s (IBE-UNESCO) project, Learning outcomes in early grades: integration of curriculum, teaching, learning materials and assessment, sponsored by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), begins its second year with a capacity building workshop in Bobo Dioulasso (Burkina Faso) from 12 to 16 January 2015. The activity will gather representatives from several divisions of Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Education, as well as researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and UNESCO-IBE curriculum specialists. Based on the results from the diagnostic done as part of this project about teaching reading and writing at international level and in Burkina Faso in the first three years of primary education, the objectives of this activity are to revise the user guide to improve the teaching of reading and writing to start to produce a teacher training module, and a toolbox to be used by teachers.

This workshop is the first activity planned in the action plan developed by Burkina Faso’s national team, with UNESCO-IBE’s support, during the Regional Debate on the Teaching of Reading in Burkina Faso, Niger and Senegal held in Dakar in October 2014 and during which the elements to consider for effective reading and writing teaching practices were presented as well as the challenges to be addressed in a multilingual context to improve reading outcomes. This action plan 2015-2016 fits totally into the national implementation strategy of the national curriculum to improve learning outcomes and targets specifically the improvement of education quality through the improvement of reading outcomes.

Programme Specialist

Ms Amapola ALAMA