The new sustainable development goals with their commitment to free and universal, high quality primary and secondary education are laudable and rightfully ambitious. Teachers are going be critical in realising these international commitments.
This presentation focuses on the challenges of teacher education in resource constrained countries with growing school age populations. It argues that to deliver there must be a stronger linkage between how teacher education is managed on a macro scale and how individuals are supported in their development into and growth as teachers.
The presentation focuses on the system realities that frame decisions on teacher education commenting on:
demand vs supply
- speed vs cost
- certification vs motivation
- training vs continuous professional development
The presentation will not provide any ‘blue print solutions’ other than the logical cycle of diagnosis, analysis, reflection, action that underpins the ‘teaching for success’ needs to be applied with equal rigour to broader system constraints. Further there must be a greater sensitivity to the inter-linkage between macro drivers shaping teacher education and how teacher education is delivered.
About the speaker:
Colin oversees British Councils portfolio of Education, Governance, Security and Conflict and Entrepreneurship programmes across Sub-Saharan Africa. He has worked extensively throughout Africa and Asia with the private sector, NGO’s, multi-national and bilateral organisations. Before joining British Council he worked for DFID, leading on education quality in London and latterly as senior education adviser in India. Prior to this he spent two years as a lecturer at the World Bank Institute, Washington DC, covering issues of: quality, teacher education, decentralisation and non-state provision. His published work covers a range of topics from non-state education provision to education responses to climate change, and education and disaster risk reduction.