He called on technicians in the educational sector in Madagascar to devote their time to implement curriculum reforms and renewals within the three ministries in charge of education in Madagascar.
Dr Sabir gave a lecture on the challenges of current curricula in the sector of education for the development of Madagascar. The conference was held at the Great Hall of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Toliara on Saturday 27 January 2017 from 15:00 to 18:00. This conference is intended to technicians from the Ministries of National Education, The Ministry of Employment, Technical Education and Vocational Training, and that of the Higher Education and Scientific Research as well as organizations of civil society working in the field of education in Madagascar.
Dr. Sabir hammered the need to reform curricula in Madagascar because they no longer meet the needs of the state and companies. With these curricula, the Malagasy State risks to train young people who are not competitive in the labor market. The country, he says, must train young people with an entrepreneurial culture to create decent jobs in the country. He also called on technicians to look closely to about the truthfulness of the figures and statistics they send to their colleagues so as not to mislead the country’s leaders. Because if we provide wrong statistics and figures, he says, we will lie to ourselves and to the generation to come.
The Malagasy State, he says, is committed to improving access to quality education on sustainable development at all levels and in all social contexts, in order to transform society by redirecting education to help individuals to acquire knowledge, skills, values and attitudes necessary for sustainable development. It is about integrating sustainable development issues, such as climate change and biodiversity, into teaching and learning. Individuals are encouraged to see themselves as responsible actors who take on challenges, respect cultural diversity and help create a more sustainable world. Thus, we (educators) are the first actors for the realization of this commitment of our State.
The participants got their takeaways from the conference which was based on real statistics within the Ministries in charge of education in Madagascar. They also congratulated the Speaker for spending 135 minutes answering the questions of his listeners.