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POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN CURRICULUM DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA REGION
I. Background and justification
The first accredited post-graduate diploma-level capacity building programme in Curriculum Design and Development was launched by UNESCO in Latin America in August 2010. It was jointly implemented by the IBE, the Catholic University of Uruguay (UCU), the UNESCO Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC). The second edition of the training, involving the same partners (IBE-UCU-OREALC) was organized in October 2011. The third edition is planned on 20-31 August 2012.
The Diploma was launched in Africa region in October 2011 in Tanzania, hosted by the Tanzania Institute of Education, jointly supported by UNESCO entities (IBE, the Regional Bureau for Education in Africa (BREDA), the Teacher Education and Policy Section (THE/TEP)) and in partnership with two national entities in Tanzania (Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE) and Open University of Tanzania (OUT). It is accredited by the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) in compliance with quality assurance regulation for universities in East Africa. Since its launching in 2011, the Diploma in Africa has been running successively in the years 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.
Based on the identified needs of the countries and expectations, the diploma programmes in both Latin America and Africa are conceived as methodological tools for strengthening and development of capacities for curricular analysis, design, development, implementation review and evaluation at the macro, meso and micro levels of the education system, with emphasis on school level leadership and support. Targeting education policy makers, planners, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, teachers, quality assurance officers, researchers, international staff and other education practitioners at the local and regional levels, the yearly programs are offered on a part-time basis to provide hands-on knowledge and skills.
The programme mode of delivery consists of a 10-day face-to-face intensive session and 30 weeks distance learning. Trainees are required to participate in both the face-to-face and distance learning. The teaching staffs (trainers or tutors) are composed of professors, lecturers and experienced experts in Education and Curriculum from the host country, countries in the region, UNESCO education programme specialists and experts from other regions.
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