SC State University's TLMP Country Hosts African Regional Education Workshop in Tanzania

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Dr. Leonard McIntyre, special assistant to the president for International Affairs and director of the Textbooks and Learning Materials Program (TLMP), and Lamin Drammeh, program manager for TLMP, will travel to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania to attend the 2010 African Regional Education Workshop. The workshop, sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will be held from Sunday, June 6, 2010 through Wednesday, June 9, 2010.  This year’s theme is: “Quality Education for All-Forging a New Agenda.”  More than 150 participants from ministries of education, USAID missions, implementing partner organizations, and private sector/foundations from over 21 African countries and the United States, will discuss topics and strategies important to creating and sustaining major education efforts in Africa.

Since 2008, SC State University has developed, published and delivered more than 1.2 million textbooks and other learning materials to Zanzibar, changing the student to textbook ratio from 1:40 to 1:1, the first time in the country’s history. Of the six universities involved in the TLMP project, SC State is the only University collaboratively working to produce textbooks and other learning materials at the secondary education level, serving as a model for the African Education Initiative.

“We are very proud that USAID selected SC State’s host country of Tanzania, Africa to convene this conference,” stated McIntyre.  “I see this as a testament to the great work that the University is doing in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and USAID.  This no doubt provides a huge opportunity for the University to showcase textbooks developed and produced under the TLMP grant.”

During the workshop, McIntyre and Drammeh will serve as presenters in the session entitled: “The Relevant Textbooks and Learning Materials in Students Hands: Overcoming Challenges.”  The session will provide expert analysis, experiences and strategies required to meet one of the largest challenges in Africa’s education sector-supplying learning and supplemental reading materials to children in secondary schools. The workshop will also feature concurrent sessions on “Youth and Higher Education,” “Delivering Education in Conflict and Fragile Environments,” and “Transforming Education in Africa: Technology and Private Sector Initiatives.”