Critical Thinking , a Reality in Zambia Essay

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Critical thinking Project is an educational initiative aimed at helping students and communities engage in critical dialogue and critical thinking. The Critical Thinking Project established in 1997, and is a brain child of the umbrella body called Open Society for Southern Africa (OSISA). The concept of critical thinking is not really new but an important component for most professions. The Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Child Education will work in partnership with OSISA to implement the Critical Thinking Project in Zambia which is also currently active in Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. The overall goal of the partnership is to improve the quality of education through the integration of critical thinking that will in turn contribute to the transformation of the education. The Ministry through the directorate of Teacher Education and Specialised Services has taken a positive step towards engrossing Critical Thinking in the learning pedagogies in the classroom. Education officers from various directorates of the ministry and other key stakeholders, Colleges of Education, the Examinations Council of Zambia and Curriculum Development Centre among others have officers currently undergoing training in aspects of Critical Thinking. Specifically, the project intends to put in place a core team of 40 trainers in critical thinking pedagogical methodologies who will roll out the concept in Zambia. Overall thrust is to impact skills at teacher training level and Curriculum development levels and so far, three training sessions have being held during the last nine months. Traditionally, educators divide the work of teaching into curriculum and instruction. Curriculum deals with the aims of education and subject matter to be taught while instruction on the other hand is the activity by which the

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