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Malawi, Uganda universities work on curricular

The Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural resources (LUANAR) and two Ugandan universities, namely Makerere and Bugama, are holding a five-day workshop aimed at improving their curricula.

They are hoping to make teaching and learning more focused on problem solving and job creation.

The project is called The Climate-Smart agropreneurship Education for Livelihood and Sustainability in Eastern and Southern Africa project (AgrGROW) and is being funded by the European Union EU.

The project seeks to reposition the participating higher education institutions in Uganda and Malawi as transformational actors in creating a generation of graduates with the abilities to start and grow climate-smart agribusinesses.

Speaking when opening the workshop in Blantyre, Vice Chancellor for MUST Professor Address Malata said the workshop will provide hands on experience to the lecturers on modern ways of teaching learners.

“The idea is to help teachers know about problem based curricula and competence based curricula, this means that teachers will not just be teaching content to students but will help learners to be productive,” said Malata.

Coordinator of the workshop, Principal Research Scientist Eija Laitinen from Finland, said the workshop will, among others, focus on curricula revision and teacher capacity building for improved outcomes from students.

Funded to the tune of 9000 Euros, the project will run for three years.

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