14 Jun 2007

OU-supported TESSA season launched by BBC World Service

TESSA in action

TESSA in action

TESSA (Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa) programme is launched with the BBC World Service Africa Radio Season.

38 million children in Africa never go to school. One of the biggest problems they face in getting an education is a sheer lack of trained teachers. The BBC World Service Trust, in partnership with the Open University and 13 other education institutions across Africa, is launching the Teachers in Africa Radio Season, in support of TESSA, a project which aims to help train thousands more teachers, so millions more children can receive a quality basic education.

TESSA is an initiative which will respond to the need in Africa for more well trained teachers by providing relevant, practical training materials that can be easily accessed via the web or provided in print format by teacher training institutions.

Colleges and universities across Africa will be able to download materials that have been designed by the TESSA consortium members to equip primary school teachers with teaching skills in the key areas of literacy, numeracy, science, life skills, social studies and the arts.

The Teachers in Africa Radio Season is a precursor to this innovative teaching initiative. Beginning on Saturday June 16, the BBC World Service is broadcasting a week of special programming - in English and Kiswahili - highlighting the role of teachers in Africa, and their importance to the lives of the next generation.

Professor Bob Moon, Director of Teacher Education for TESSA said: "We need to meet the demand to train the thousands more teachers needed to enable millions more children receive a quality basic education. We seek to encourage further partners to play a role in this important research and development programme."

The Teachers in Africa Radio Season will broadcast on the BBC World Service between June 16 and 24. The season is designed to promote an informed debate amongst teachers, educationalists, parents, policy makers and the wider community on how to ensure there are sufficient teachers to enable millions of children across Africa to get a good basic education.

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