Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Equatorial Guinea Launches Educational Program As Part Of The Horizon 2020 Goals

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea launched its first workshop, on May 4-7, aimed at developing a system to analyze teaching strategies and assess children’s progress at the elementary-school level. The workshop, attended by teachers and regional administrators, is part of the ‘Equatorial Guinea, My Country’ project, whose broader aim is to evaluate the current education system and institute policies for improvement.

The project will evaluate general elementary-school strategies and will develop training to enable teachers to more effectively assess children’s progress. The new programs will be implemented by the Educational Development Program of Equatorial Guinea (PRODEGE), which is supported by the Ministry of Education. “Elementary School education should be given special attention as it is the pillar of children’s education,” said Crisantos Ondo Asumu Mia, PRODEGE Deputy Director.

Education is one of the priorities outlined in Equatorial Guinea’s Horizon 2020 development plan, which was set in motion by President Obiang to move the country toward a sustainable and emergent economy. The plan includes the development of new schools and teacher training.

Since beginning the large-scale export of oil from Equatorial Guinea, and in cooperation with international organizations, the country opened its first national university, the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE), and has graduated more than 13,000 students since its founding in 1995. The level of education in Equatorial Guinea is improving, and the country enjoys an enrollment rate of nearly 5,000 students at the college level.