© Photo: Emmanuel Bailles.
An ambitious and unifying project for the quality of education in Chad
The Project to Improve the Quality of Education through Local Management (PAQEPP) is financed by the French Development Agency (Agence française de développment). Between 2017 and 2021, this project reaches 50 schools in N’Djaména and Moundou and their surrounding areas, bringing together 55,000 pupils and more than 700 teachers. Alongside the Ministry of National Education and Civic Promotion, the project involves the French NGO Initiative Développment, the Chadian NGO PADIESE and the CIEP, which supports the overall coordination of the project and implements pedagogical and planning measures that are by nature generalised for the whole education system.
Two new partners have joined the project: UNICEF and the French association Solidarité Laïque.
UNICEF chooses to include its regional “Data Must Speak” initiative at the heart of its PAQEPP work
The teams supported by the CIEP in terms of human and material resource planning and management undertake to reform the school year-start and year-end reports to provide greater clarity surrounding their needs. The relevance of this measure drives UNICEF, as part of their regional “Data Must Speak” initiative, which in Chad focuses on the quality of the education system’s annual statistical data, to work hand in hand with these teams for the proper coordination of the work undertaken.
French and Chadian educational communities assembled for a united start to the school year with PAQEPP schools
The Solidarité Laïque association organises its “Rentrée solidaire” (united start to the school year) in Chad. Beforehand, the association had raised awareness of the united approach and international openness for the benefit of needy schools amongst French teachers, pupils and pupils’ parents. Teaching material will be given out to schools participating in the project, creating a symbolic link between the French and Chadian educational communities.
The CIEP working at the heart of educational issues in the Sahel region in crisis
This cooperation between the bilateral, multilateral and associative institutional stakeholders surrounding education in Chad attempts to respond to the numerous challenges. In the context of an economic and security crisis in Chad, according to the 2014 CONFEMEN Educational Systems Analysis Program report (PASEC), more than 85% of pupils at the end of their primary schooling do not have sufficient knowledge and skills in reading and mathematics. According to the National Education System State Report (RESEN) in 2016, 62% of primary school teachers do not have any professional qualifications.
In the coming months, the CIEP, together with its partners, will begin measures to train trainers to use guides for supporting pupils in difficulty and for pupil assessment. These guides have recently been produced with the CIEP’s support, to adapt pedagogy to suit the characteristics of schools in Chad. All of the local stakeholders, inspectors, pedagogical advisors, institution heads and teachers will be supported over the following two school years.
The French Embassy supports Solidarité Laïque with their Rentrée Solidaire in Chad
From left to right: Olivier CADOR (AFD), Michel Debon (SL), Philippe LACOSTE (French Embassy), Carole COUPEZ (SL), Radhia OUDJANI (French Embassy), Emmanuel BAILLES (CIEP), Béridabaye NDILKODJE (AFD)
Pupils from a PAQEPP school (photo by Emmanuel Bailles)
The team who wrote the guides for supporting pupils in difficulty and pupil assessment.