The Lead Consultant with the Neogenics Education Group, Grant Bulmuo has called on African governments to tailor the continent’s educational curricular to meet emerging technological trends in education. This he said, will prepare Africa for the 4th industrial revolution and provide the human resources needed for the continent’s industrial take-off. He made these remarks at the fifth edition of the Global Super Teachers Conference held in Accra.

The one week conference featured training sessions designed to equip teachers, school proprietors, and educational stakeholders with tools and modern techniques that deliver better and more effective teaching and learning outcomes. Mr Bulmuo bemoaned the inequities and gaps in Africa’s educational system, revealing that “Africa has the most unqualified teachers in the classroom and the most excluded and uneducated across the world.” Citing a 2012 study conducted by UNESCO, he clarified that Africa accounts for more than half of the global number of primary-aged children who are not enrolled in school, while only one-quarter of pre-primary school teachers have undergone the requisite training. This situation, he said, cannot produce the minds needed to productively steer African economies to positions of competitive advantage.

While praising governments for making inroads in the implementation of educational policies, Mr Bulmuo also excoriated the political interference in educational policies and initiatives undertaken by previous governments. “Once education is disrupted by political regimes, it loses its value and is no longer fit to deliver its mandate”, he stressed. To counter this, he wants governments to enact and enforce legislative instruments that both guide educational policies and protect same from needless political meddling. Commenting on the quality of education in Ghana, the seasoned educationist offered that the private sector should be given the chance to manage public schools to reverse its declining fortunes and deliver quality outcomes. Mr Bulmuo also wants educational curricular to reflect the unique needs of African communities by using the continent’s culture and local industry to support curricular development. With about a thousand registered participants in attendance, the conference harnessed the expertise of renowned local and international educators to equip teachers with modern skills to improve classroom standards.

A cross-section of beneficiaries shared their impressions about the conference. Mr Kwame Ernest, a participating teacher, expressed utmost satisfaction with the training. “Before taking part in this training”, he said, “I had little to no idea on how I could manage bad behaviours from students. I can confidently say that I can do that now.” Mohammed Gariba, an ICT teacher at an international school in Accra, says the training equipped him with “enhanced methods for teaching ICT in the classroom” whilst Celestine Osei, a headmistress, says the knowledge she benefitted from the conference will enable her do more effective supervision and monitoring. “It has really taught me how to manage my school’s finances and draw a realistic budget”, she added. For the past five years, Neogenics Education Group has, through well-curated interventions, fronted efforts at bridging the gaps in education Across Africa and Europe.