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ERIC Number: ED511320
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 36
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
Consultancy Report: Assessment of the Zambia College of Distance Education (ZACODE)
Ellis, Justin
Commonwealth of Learning
This study was carried out at the request of the Ministry of Education, Zambia. The Commonwealth of Learning contracted Turning Points Consultancy CC, a Namibian company, who provided the services of the author, to "carry out an evaluation of the Zambia College of Distance Education (ZACODE) and submit recommendations to the Ministry of Education, Zambia, on measures to be taken to redesign the operations of the college." More specifically, the consultant was required to: (1) identify the requirements needed to become an open school such as the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL) or the Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL); (2) evaluate the existing structure and make recommendations in regards to the human resources the college needs to provide open and distance education (including training and content); (3) consider a funding model and make recommendations; (4) travel to the Copperbelt region of Zambia, accompanied by the Director of the Directorate of Distance Education (DODE) (or his representative) to review the location of the college and assess whether it can respond to the needs of the country from its current location (physically and administratively); (5) make recommendations for the process to be followed for it to become a parastatal (draft an action plan); (6) conduct interviews as well as hold focus group discussions/sessions with stakeholders to assess their views; (7) brief the stakeholders on the findings/recommendations on the last day; and (8) prepare a final report with recommendations and an action plan and submit to COL. After a week of preparatory reading, the consultant visited Zambia from 19-31 October 2009, where he was ably assisted by the Directorate of Distance Education (DODE) in the Ministry of Education to interview the stakeholders that had been identified. The visit to the Zambia College of Distance Education (ZACODE) duly took place from 22 to 24 October 2009. The terms of reference are systematically attended to in subsequent sections of this report. To understand some of the recommendations made in this report, some preliminary observations about the context of ZACODE and Open Schooling in Zambia are discussed. [This paper was commissioned by the Commonwealth of Learning.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commonwealth of Learning
Identifiers - Location: Zambia