VIAM Africa Briefing & Engagement Forum
A speech made at the 21st National General Assembly Meeting of the Teacher Trainee Association of Ghana held at Jasikan College of Education, Jasikan on Friday, February 19, 2016
Our impact within a short spate of time is unparalleled and in effect, we have been able to do more with less. We have featured extensively in both print and electronic (radio and TV) media through live interviews and prolific publications (policy briefs, occasional papers and research articles). It is not an exaggeration to state that VIAM Africa has become the first point of call for media organizations, academicians and other key stakeholders when it comes to input on education and social policy matters.
Training and education are two conceptually distinct terms, although they are often used interchangeably. For example if your teenage child is involved in risky sexual behaviour with the potential of contacting STDs, or getting pregnant, would you give them ‘sex training’ or ‘sex education’? Here sex training may mean to involve the teenage in practicing and engaging in sexual intercourse. If we use the word ‘sex education’, it most probably means to educate the child on how to control their sexual desires and/or to engage in safer sex life. Similarly there may be difference in the meanings of the words ‘drugs training’ and ‘drugs education’, ‘computer training’ and ‘computer education’ ‘physical training’ and ‘physical education’ and so on…
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