Oswego professors prepare to train Benin school inspectors

Benin collaborationSix professors from SUNY Oswego’s School of Education will travel to Benin later in July to deliver workshops and training, and Dr. Issaou Gado of Benin visited SUNY Oswego in May to help them prepare.

Gado is an assistant professor in the University of Parakou’s School of Education in Benin and works in that country’s National Institute of Educational Research and Training.

This summer’s collaboration between SUNY Oswego and Benin is part of the third phase of Project CLIMB (Collaborative Link for Instructor Mentoring in Benin), which evolved out of research conducted by Oswego’s Dr. Alfred Frederick as a Fulbright Scholar and Fulbright Visiting Specialist in Benin.

U.S. AID funded the development of a competency-based curriculum for Benin at the primary level, and Benin educators are carrying it to the secondary level.

“The six Oswego professors will be working with school inspectors in preparation for curriculum development, student assessment, and development of instructional assessment for implementation of the competency-based curriculum,” Gado said.

The six are Dr. Barbara Beyerbach, Dr. Bernard Boozer, Marcia Burrell, Dr. Suzanne Gilmour, Dr. Sharon Kane and Dr. Dennis Parsons.

“I’m really looking forward to having these professors work with our inspectors,” Gado said.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Working together—Dr. Issaou Gado, right, of Benin’s National Institute of Educational Research and Training visited SUNY Oswego in May to prepare a team from the college’s School of Education for their work in the West African country in July. Dr. Alfred Frederick, left, professor of curriculum and instruction at Oswego, initiated the collaboration.

(Posted: May 30, 2006)