MINESEC AND THE GLOBAL TREND
Brainstorming on Transformative Education
Under the supervision of Prof. Nalova Lyonga, top officials of MINESEC met on Wednesday 11th October 2023 at the Distance Education Centre in Yaoundé to discuss the opportunity of aligning Cameroon education system to Transformative Education.
This meeting comes a few months after the Second World Conference on Transformative Education held at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana from 18th to 20th May 2023. The three-day conference, that attracted eminent academicians from all over the world, was held under the theme: "The Future of Africa and the Role of Transformative Education." Mr FOMBOH Julius FOMBUTU, Inspector Coordinator General in charge of the teaching of Computer Sciences at the Ministry of Secondary Education, attended this conference and shared his experience during this meeting.
According to UNESSCO, Transformative Education is “an element of quality education and a crucial enabler for sustainable development. It empowers learners of all ages with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to address the interconnected global challenges we are facing, including climate change, environmental degradation, loss of biodiversity, poverty and inequality.” So, the working session of Wednesday was an opportunity to brainstorm on how Cameroon could take advantage of Transformative Education to contribute to its sustainable development, enabling students to solve concrete problems not only in their immediate environment, but also at both national and global levels.
MINESEC officials took great care to examine the compatibility between the current approach of teaching in our schools (Competency Based Approach) and Transformative Education. They came to the conclusion that the two approaches are quite different but share lots in common.
ABILAMEKOU B. Théodore