Overview of African Curriculum Association
Continents around the globe face a lot of challenges as they try to reform and improve on the quality of their education and the African continent is not an exception. Most of the nations with some common characteristics normally join together to form curriculum organizations to help them to mitigate the challenges that come with curriculum development. Curriculum is looked at in a wider perspective as a weapon that is capable of changing the way different people view education. African Curriculum Organization has the aim of promoting curriculum development, research, and curriculum support materials development and build synergies among other things.
The idea of creating the African Curriculum Association (ACA) was born during a Regional Seminar on “Advanced Training in Systematic Curriculum Development and Evaluation” that took place in Ghana in 1975 and the approval of its creation by Ministers of Education of the Organisation of the African Union (OAU) ‘s Member States happened during the Conference of Ministers of Education in 1976 in Nigeria. ACA was created with the aim to make it an umbrella which brings together all curriculum practitioners in Africa and some affiliated members from European countries. The National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) in Uganda is spearheading the process of reviving ACA with an intention to:
Assist member countries to minimize inconsistencies in curriculum and strengthen their national curriculum centres through best international practices.
Minimize inconsistency in curriculum delivery and maintain standards comparable to international standards.
Organise and/or facilitate joint training programs, workshops, seminars and regular meetings on curriculum materials development and evaluation among curriculum development centres.
Promote production and exchange of curriculum materials among curriculum development centres across the continent.
Encourage and promote joint curriculum research programs as well as the exchange of research information.
Set up task forces to carry out specific projects in curriculum development and research.
Provide opportunities for the exchange programs between curriculum specialists and personnel between centres.
Establish a working relationship with other clusters at African union.