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Textbooks for Every Child in Africa
Textbooks for Every Child in Africa
July 27-29, 2015African Development Bank Headquarters, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire


With the launch of a new study on textbook scarcity in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), this workshop brings together policy makers, experts in teaching learning materials, and development partners to create effective dialogue on developing strategies that can solve the high cost and low availability problem, and make textbooks available to all children in SSA.

Sub-Saharan African countries have made great progress in access to education, but this has not been matched by an improvement in the quality of education in the region. A chronic shortage of teaching learning materials (TLMs) including good quality and affordable textbooks continues to pose hurdles in the way of improvement in learning outcomes.

A recent World Bank study, Getting Textbooks to All Children in Sub-Saharan Africa: Strategies for Addressing the High Cost and Low Availability Problem, takes an in-depth look at some of the bottlenecks causing textbook scarcity, and finds that financing alone is not the primary reason for this shortage. Rather, it is the cost of textbook production, including content development, procurement, publishing, and distribution costs. This scarcity is further compounded by the fact that student population in the region is growing fast and this has caused the textbook-to-pupil ratio in primary school to be as skewed as 1:11 for reading, and 1:13 for math in some countries.

The study makes simple recommendations, such as making distribution of textbooks a part of procurement so that schools in rural areas do not suffer, choosing a one-book-per-subject-per-grade policy, or choosing publishers through international competitive bidding. The report also recommends that technology should be viewed as a necessary supplement to traditional textbooks, not a replacement.

The study will be launched during an Africa-wide dissemination workshop at the African Development Bank Headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, July 27-29, 2015. With participation from 16 African nations, development partners and policy makers, the workshop is expected to generate effective dialogue that can lead to working strategies for making textbooks accessible to all children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

For more information on the event, please contact Chandrani Raysarkar at cray@worldbank.org

Day 1, Date: July 27

08:30-09:00

Registration 

09:00 -09:30

Workshop Opening: Moderator:  Etienne Porgo,
  •  Welcome Remarks  - Sunita Pitamber, Director, Human Development, African Development Bank
  • Opening Remarks – Amit Dar, Director, Global EDDR, The World Bank
  • Hon’ble Youssouf Hadija Alim , Minister of Basic Education, Cameroon; Chair, ADEA Steering Committee; and Chair,  Conference of Ministers of Education of the African Union (COMEDAF)
Session 1 Introduction to the workshop  – Peter Materu, Practice Manager, World Bank

09:30 –10:00

Objective and scope of the workshop Peter Materu, Practice Manager, World Bank

Introduction:  External Resource Persons: 

  • Prof Dinesh Kumar, Professor of Zoology and Head, Publications Division, National Council for Educational Research and Training
  • Prof Pham Gia Tri, Vice-Director, Research Institute for Textbooks and Educational Media of the Vietnam Education Publishing House
  • Dr. Penelope Bender, Learning Team Lead, USAid

        10:00-10:30                    Coffee Break

Session 2 - Getting Textbooks to Every Child– Cost Barriers to Textbook Provision in Sub Saharan Africa Chair: - Abebe Shimeles, Director of Research department, AfDB

10:30 -12:00

 

Textbook Cost and Financing Issues in Sub Saharan Africa: Birger Fredriksen, Consultant, World Bank

          Presentation followed by Q and A

 

       12:00 – 1:15                     Lunch

 

 

Session 3 How have other countries succeeded in providing textbooks to all children? - Chair: Atou Seck, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank

1:15 – 2:15

Vietnam's Policies and Steps to Try to Get Textbooks to Every Child in the Country- Prof Pham Gia Tri

Presentation followed by Q &A

2:15-3:15

 

India: National Curriculum Framework: Provision of textbook in Indian SchoolsProf Dinesh Kumar 

Presentation followed by Q and A

All Children Reading. A Global Book Fund – Penelope Bender

Presentation followed by Q and A

        3:15- 3:45                                  Coffee Break

Session 4: Getting Textbooks to Every Child in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Way Forward- Chair:

Bernadette Kamgnia, Director, Africa Development Institute

3:45 – 5:00

Getting Textbooks to Every Child: What can SSA countries do: Sukhdeep Brar

Presentation followed by Q and A

 

Session5:  The Global Book Fund: Transforming Book Development, Procurement and Distribution – Chair: Etienne Porgo, Manager, Education, Science and Technology, African Development Bank

5:00-6:00

    All Children Reading. A Global Book Fund – Penelope Bender

          Presentation followed by Q and A

         6:30 - 8:30                                Welcome Dinner hosted by the World Bank

Day 2, Date: July 28

 

 

09:00 -9:10

Recap of the last session & overall revisiting of Day 1 discussions - Hamoud Abdel Wedoud Kamil, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank

 

Session 6 –  Ensuring that all children have access to knowledge: AfDB’s Vision:

Moderator - Birger Fredriksen, Consultant, World Bank

9:10 – 10:10

Ensuring that all Children have Access to Knowledge: AfDB’s Vision - Dr. Sunita Pitamber

 

       10:10 -10:40                            Coffee break

Session 7– Regional Country Presentation: -Moderator-  Adama Ouedraogo, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank

10:40 -12:00

Ethiopia

 

Daniel Abebe – Textbook Provision in Ethiopia – Policy and Practice

Girma Woldetsadik --– Provisions of TLMs in Ethiopia: Achievements and Lessons Learned Under General Education Quality Improvement Project

 

 

Session 8Regional Country Presentation: Moderator - Olatunde Adetoyese Adekola, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank

 

 

12:00 – 1:15

Cameroon

Ambroise Owotsogo Onguene,: Cameroon National Textbook Policy for Quality Education

Aliou Sow: An Assessment of Cameroon’s National Textbook Policy

 

 

 

         1:15 – 2:15                            Lunch

Session 9 - Group Work: To discuss current policies, identify areas of inefficiencies, and discuss solutions and possible policy options 

2:15 -3:15

Organize participants into groups and provide guidelines/instructions for group work

3: 15 – 5:30

Group Work

                                     Coffee will be available outside the conference room

Day 3, Date: July 29

Recap of previous days discussions

Session 10 Group Presentations: Moderator: Sukhdeep Brar, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank

9:00– 11:00

Group Rapporteurs – 4 groups  - with Q and A

       11:00 – 11:30                       Coffee will be available outside the conference room

Session 11 – Textbook for Every Child in Sub-Saharan Africa – Post-Workshop Agenda:

                      Moderator  - Eteinne Porgo, AfDB

 

11:30 -1:00

Policies and Actions to Address Textbook Scarcity in SSA

·         Amit Dar, Director, World Bank

·         Dr. Sunita Pitamber, Director, AfDB

·         Peter Materu, Practice Manager, World Bank

·         Two Country Representatives (to be identified)

Session 12  - Vote of Thanks – Peter Materu, Practice Manager, World Bank

 

  Thank You!

Details
  • What: Getting Textbooks to Every Child in Sub-Saharan Africa: Workshop to Address the High Cost and Low Availability Issue
  • When: July 27 – 29, 2015
  • Where: African Development Bank Headquarters
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
  • CONTACT: Chandrani Raysarkar
  • cray@worldbank.org