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