A seminar on teaching in Africa by correspondence courses was opened in Abidjan last Tuesday (6 April) by the Minister of the Civil Services, M.
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Speaking in French, M. Ehoue said: "This seminar is the first on the subject in Africa. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the training and labour sections of the ECA for the standard of their work in organising the seminar. The seminar will enable closer collaboration between the labour and training sections of the ECA and the African educational institutions. We are already looking forward to welcoming experts from the ECA who will take part in a national reach-in on audio-visual teaching methods at the end of the year.
"I would also like to express the gratitude of my government towards the Swedish agency for International Development (SIDA) who, with the ECA, helped finance the seminar, and all the institutions who sent consultants - UNESCO, FAO, BIT, the Social Planning Division of the UN, the EEC and the Dutch Correspondence Course Centre. By their help, these organisations have made a concrete contribution to the unity of Africa, an ideal to which we are all firmly committed."
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Background: A seminar on teaching in Africa by correspondence courses was opened in Abidjan last Tuesday (6 April) by the Minister of the Civil Services, M. Joseph Tadjo Ehoue. The seminar, organised by the Economic Commission for Africa and the Ivory Coast School of Administration, is to examine the possible use of correspondence courses to increase the amount of qualified people in Africa.
In his speech, M. Ehoue thanked the organisations that had helped to set up the seminar, the first of its kind in Africa.
SYNOPSIS: A seminar on teaching by correspondence courses opened in Abidjan last tuesday. Joseph Ehoue, Ivory Coast Minister of Civil Services, made the opening speech.
Speaking in French, M. Ehoue emphasised that this is the first seminar on the subject aver held in Africa. It's aim, he said, was to examine the possible use of correspondence courses in providing a deeper reservoir of qualified people in Africa. He thanked the agencies of the United Nations that helped organise the seminar, mainly the labour and training sections of the Economic Commission for Africa. One direct result of the seminar, he said, would be to establish closer ties between the relevant sections of the ECA and the training and educational institutions of Africa. He pointed out that at the end of the year the Ivory Coast is expecting experts from the ECA to take part in a national teaching on audio-visual teaching methods. M. Ehoue then listed all the organisations that had helped in the seminar.... the Swedish Agency for International Development, who, with the ECA, helped finance the seminar.... and the institutions that sent consultants... UNESCO, the Food and Agricultural Organisation, the Division for Social Planning of the United Nations, the European Economic Community, and the Dutch correspondence Course centre. M. Ehoue quoted the President of the Ivory Coast, M. Houphouet-Boigny, who has said that for the Ivory Coast, the priority of priorities is education. He said that the traditional ways of teaching are insufficient or the needs of the Ivory Coast.
Economic development is being held up by the lack of qualified people. But the lack of buildings, the distance of the homes of many people from the buildings that exist, the need of many people already working to further their studies.....all this suggests one solution.....correspondence courses. And by their help, he concluded, the organisations that helped arrange this e seminar are making a concrete contribution to the unity of Africa.