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Education requires creativity and innovation

The Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development, Mr Patrick Masimolole has emphasised to UNESCO officials the need for increased innovation and creativity in education provision.

Officially opening the three-day UNESCO national commissions of Southern Africa sub-regional capacity building seminar in Gaborone, the assistant minister said innovation and creativity could improve the quality of skills passed to learners. Through the capacity building seminar, UNESCO Southern Africa sub-regional nations were sharing learning experiences on various issues.

Mr Masimolole said it was important for the sub-region to integrate useful interventions, such as the use of information and communications technology (ICT) in education. “As you collectively work out regional Education For All (EFA), it is important to also identify successful intervention, including the effective use of information communications technology (ICT), in order to assess potential for adaptation, replication or scaling up.

Education should provide all learners with foundation skills, technical and vocational skills, and adaptation and transferable skills for the 21st-century,” the assistant minister said.

He said it was important for the region to devise flagship projects that would lead it to deliver more with less. He stressed that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is an important area that should be prioritised by countries to meet needs of industries and the general labour market.

“The draft Medium Term Strategy of UNESCO places youth and women as key target groups for education programme intervention, particularly in the areas of TVET and skills required for food security, poverty eradication and management of natural resources,” said Mr Masimolole.

He also said education should be used for attainment and safeguarding of all forms of cultural heritage. The seminar was also used by the sub-region leadership to prepare for the 37th General Conference of UNESCO which would be held in November, said Mr Rahim Khan, chairman of Botswana National Commissions of UNESCO.

The Gaborone seminar which commenced on Wednesday deliberated on issues like Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Education for All (EFA) priority goals, and building partnerships and resource mobilisation.

It was attended by Secretaries General from nine Southern Africa sub-region nations being Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Jeremiah Sejabosigo

Location : GABORONE

Event : Seminar official opening

Date : Jul 28 Sun,2013

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