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A delegation of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) Steering Committee, led by Oley Dibba-Wadda, ADEA Executive Secretary, met with Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), on April 25, 2016 at the Bank’s offices in Abidjan. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss opportunities to strengthen the strategic partnership between AfDB and ADEA as well as to discuss the role of AfDB during the upcoming ADEA 2017 Triennale scheduled for March 15-17, 2017 in Marrakesh, Kingdom of Morocco.
The ADEA delegation comprised of Kandia Camara, Minister of National Education of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire; Mary Teuw Niane, Minister of Higher Education and Research of the Republic of Senegal; Peter Materu, Director, Education and Learning, MasterCard Foundation; Sajitha Bashir, Practice Manager, Education, Eastern and Southern Africa, World Bank Group; Aminata Sall Diallo, Special Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education and Research of the Republic of Senegal; and Oley Dibba-Wadda, Executive Secretary of ADEA.
During the courtesy call, the ADEA delegation had the opportunity to welcome and congratulate President Adesina who was sworn in as the 8th elected President of the African Development Bank Group on September 1, 2015. The ADEA delegation also took the opportunity to express the appreciation of the ADEA Steering Committee for the AfDB’s hosting and support to ADEA. The delegation demonstrated the role of ADEA and its contribution at all levels of education in Africa, as well as the complementary ways in which AfDB and ADEA can work together towards the realization of the Bank’s High 5 vision to improve the quality of life for the people of Africa through improvements to the entire education sector in Africa.
President Adesina congratulated ADEA for its strategic and leadership role in education in Africa and encouraged ADEA to continue to enhance and strengthen the partnership collaboration with the Bank. In particular, he pointed to ADEA’s work the area of youth employment and entrepreneurship, and the education of the girl child in Africa to reinforce the development of the African human capital in education.
The delegation invited President Adesina to participate as keynote speaker and to moderate the Presidential roundtable discussion at the official plenary opening of the upcoming ADEA Triennale on March 15, 2017 in Morocco. The ADEA delegation further requested on behalf of the Ministers of Education in Africa to facilitate the possibility of a roundtable discussion between the African Ministers of Finance and Ministers of Education to deliberate on effective financing of education in Africa during the Triennale in March 2017.
The Triennale is ADEA’s flagship event and will focus on ensuring that the Africa’s Agenda 2063 is implemented, monitored and situated within the 2030 Global Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
For information on the ADEA 2017 Triennale, visit: http://www.adeanet.org/triennale-2017/