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Last updated: 05 June, 2007 - Published 15:47 GMT
 
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About TESSA
 

 
 
A Nigerian school boy writes on the chalk board in front of his teacher
A pledge has been made that by 2015 every boy and girl on this planet should be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.

This pledge is 'Goal Two' in a list of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set out by the United Nations.

But, however good the intentions, there can be no education without educators and the Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) programme is committed to addressing the region's teacher shortfall which, currently standing at two million and counting, is a major obstacle to the goal.

TESSA is all about training and encouraging established teachers, recruiting new ones and motivating the whole profession. "Teaching is great! Join us" is the message.

To get this across, TESSA is producing training guidance for Africa's existing teacher training programmes but importantly, the programme is about collaboration and consultation, it's not a one-way process.

To facilitate this approach and to broaden the reach and scope of what's on offer, the programme will have its own online portal that will hold free downloadable teaching and training resources and provide an online space to support the teachers' learning.

How the TESSA programme works

Participating TESSA countries
Ghana
Kenya
Nigeria
Rwanda
South Africa
Sudan
Tanzania
Uganda
Zambia

The teachers stay at school!

They can remain in their classrooms while they study, bringing practice and theory together in the context of their own school and classroom environment.

The TESSA 'pack' encourages teachers to try out new things with their classes. This means not sticking to rigid frameworks or standard facts.

Mistakes are good and enjoyment is key in the course of learning.

The programme is promoting a move away from traditional transmission learning and encouraging active learning for both teachers and pupils; taking a stand against the glazed expressions on childrens' faces as they attempt to absorb the stream of information coming from the front.

Learning must be social and collaborative; grounded in local references, communities and resources while also integrating technology and acknowledging the value of prior knowledge.

TESSA insists learning must be relevant, interesting and fun!

The main funding for TESSA has come from the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Trust and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.


 
 
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