Educational Administration and Leadership in Francophone Africa: 5 Dynamics to Change Education

Educational Administration and Leadership in Francophone Africa: 5 Dynamics to Change Education

Boniface Toulassi (Regent University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0672-0.ch002
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Abstract

Educational administration and leadership (EAL) is the thermometer and the offspring of the national political leadership. Thus, a realistic national political awareness and conscience becomes the navigational tool towards a rigorous and relevant leadership development for the professionalization of school leaders and teachers, the specification and the quality of the students in a qualitative and relevant education system which incarnates an absolute congruence between educational results and citizens who fit the needs of the globalized village, their time, and countries. La voie par excellence for any strategic, transformational EAL passes through an educational revolution with initiatives and reforms that spearhead the de-politicization, the decolonization, the digitalization, and the internationalization of education in Francophone countries through innovational education in a tripartite partnership: government, business leaders, and the civil society. Leadership development should become an executive goal and project not an entertainment.
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Zooming The Current Educational Situation In Francophone

This section paints the issues, controversies, and problems facing the Francophone educational administration and leadership.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Familism: Sociologically, describes a form of social organization in which all values are determined by reference to the maintenance, continuity, and functioning of the family group (Kuada, 1994 AU91: The in-text citation "Kuada, 1994" is not in the reference list. Please correct the citation, add the reference to the list, or delete the citation. ).

Change Knowledge: Is an understanding and insight about the process of change and the key drivers that make for successful change in practice ( Fullan, Cuttress, & Kilcher, 2005 ).

Internationalization of Education: It is the preparation of people to function in an increasingly international and culturally relevant and diverse environment ( Mamrick, 1999 ).

Ewes: A people group living in southern Benin, Ghana, and Togo.

Educational Leader: The person who manages a school or an educational project) is brave and resourceful, perceives changes as an opportunity and not as a threat and above all acts actively while controlling his/her destiny rather than waiting for its verdicts (Mazurkiewicz, 2009a AU90: The in-text citation "Mazurkiewicz, 2009a" is not in the reference list. Please correct the citation, add the reference to the list, or delete the citation. ).

Afrikology: A true philosophy of knowledge and wisdom based on African cosmogonies ( Elly, 2013 ).

Leadership Capacity: A broad-based, skillful participation in the work of leadership in schools where learning and instructional leadership becomes fused into professional practice (Lambert, 2007 AU92: The in-text citation "Lambert, 2007" is not in the reference list. Please correct the citation, add the reference to the list, or delete the citation. ).

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