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Title:A grass roots approach to curriculum development: the Bunumbu concept
Authors:Lutz, J.
Lebby, S.L.
Periodical:Educafrica: Bulletin of the Unesco Regional Office for Education in Africa
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
primary education
Abstract:In 1974, the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone, in order to accelerate its national development, decided to improve its primary education system, with an emphasis on primary education in the rural areas. As a means of achieving its purpose the Government chose the Bunumbu (primary) Teachers College as the hub of the operations and selected twenty surrounding schools as 'pilot schools', or 'testing grounds'. Bunumbu Teachers College was to design a new curriculum for these 'pilot schools' and to train the 160 odd pilot school teachers. The Government also called upon UNDP/UNESCO to assist. Also UNICEF provided assistance. A two-pronged approach was adopted by combining curriculum writing with in-service training activities (off-campus and on-campus activities). These activities are described.