As developments  Actors we have spent time to analyze  many development tools,  visions,  agenda and plans.     We have not  asked a question  on what could be the root cause of fragility of our development?

What is the importance  of a dynamic Education Curriculum Setting to building a sustainable  and strong  development  Foundation?

In the Zambian set up most Curriculum  Specialists are subject Teachers in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English Geography  and other subjects. These are  well trained  friends locally  and abroad.

What is the problems  then?

1. Curriculum  setting is political!  If a political party  intending  to form government  has poor perception  of what a good  education  is, then they will derive a poor a curriculum formulation based on party theory or philosophy.

The political  party  must understand  the linkage between  education, economics  and poverty  reduction. If you see poor education governance, it definitely  spills over into poor development, meaning  that  the development  path is either  blocked or narrowed!

2. The very design of the curriculum  leadership  is a problem.  We the subject  Specialists in many cases focus on improving  subject content  and can be more academic  but within the education  principles/domains of (a) Cognitive dealing with  Knowledge (b) Psycho motor dealing with manual  or physical skills (c) Affective dealing  with growth  in feelings or emotional areas including  attitudes. For an educationist, this is very important.

Again  what is the problem with  this direction?  What do we need to improve  in curriculum  setting in the earlier years of education? How should  the higher education  look like?

I was one of those privileged  Zambians who was given an opportunity  to look at education  system  Vs economic development  of Japan and learn how Japan rose from ashes (The Historic Nakasaki and Hiroshima) to a most and
highly technological and disease free nation and how the country  invested in science and technology  and building of politically  and economically relevant  curricular  that is also transformative  in attitude  and in character of the nation!

The first  step in doing the right  thing in setting the development agenda.

Second is how to align education  system  to the national  development agenda.  The question of inclusive  education  is important!  The question of rural development  is important, relevant technological  development that takes care of transforming natural  resources into finished  goods is important too. This means that industrialization is not just a theory  of development but should be a basis of education  development. In  short  we must know ourselves and endeavour to undertake transformative  education curriculum!

The Affective domain  must also deal with attitude  such as honesty and patriotism. We see this American and Japanese Statutes.

Corruption  in government  means that  education  has produced  a generation  that is egoistic  and unpatriotic. They can steal from the current  and future generations with impunity  while  the citizens admires those who enrich themselves  with state resources. Those politics can also right elections  rule over the nation  without  shame! Education  must condemn in advance  such kind of the behaviour  and create a morally  up right  generation  that  will  trust each other.  The education  curriculum also works producing  trust worth systems of Governance, whether  it be finance,  electoral or  any public sphere.

Author : Lewis Mwape

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