INTRODUCTION: Social workers and educators from almost 20 African countries attended the third regional conference of the association for social work education.
GV EXTERIOR Africa Hall in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
GV INTERIOR M.Ibrahima Niang of Senegal speaks in French PAN TO delegates
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Social workers and educators from almost 20 African countries attended the third regional conference of the association for social work education. It opened in Africa Hall in Addis Ababa on Wednesday (13 April). Several speakers stressed that the government departments handling social work in their various countries should draw up more specific policies on social welfare needs and priorities.
SYNOPSIS: This conference was the first the association had held for three years.
A key speaker was Monsieur Ibrahima Niang from Dakar in Senegal. He said that the influence of their work affected all sectors of community. One of the points made during the conference was a need for schools to overhaul and adapt their social work educations to the prevailing needs of America. While this need had been thoroughly voiced at previous conferences and seminars,very little change had resulted during the past 10 years. The introduction of social science courses to some schools ,especially in English speaking countries, had helped. But the feeling persisted that schools of social work in Africa had been hesitant about bringing in radical changes to their curricula.