Association for the Development of Education calls for establishment of African Education Fund

African governments commit to more coherent policy responses to skills-based education for African youths

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The Association for the Development of Education (ADEA) has called for the establishment of an African Education Fund to open a new sphere of education on the continent.

The Association also pledged to promote and implement appropriate and coherent policy responses and practices.

It is hoped that this will equip African youth with the knowledge and skills to meet challenges of the 21st century and facilitate their integration into the world of work and entrepreneurship. It is also to prepare them to become true citizens not only of Africa, but also the world, and create decent employment to preserve social cohesion and eliminate radicalization in order to ensure the realization of our national, regional and continental visions.

Members equally reaffirmed their commitment to the revitalization and transformation of education systems on the continent.

This was part of the outcomes from the 2017 Triennale on education and training in Africa- a flagship event of the Association held in Dakar, Senegal, March 14-17, 2017. The event with the theme “Revitalizing education towards the 2030 Global Agenda and Africa’s Agenda 2063” had about 1,250 participants in attendance.

Akinwumi Adesina, President of the AfDB, highlighted the importance of investing in youth – a great component of AfDB’s High 5 strategy: “Let’s create a generation of well educated, efficient, skilled and productive workers… Let’s make Africa the workshop of the world”.

African Ministers, key development cooperation partners and stakeholders committed to revitalizing and transforming education systems on the continent, supported by a sustainable funding mechanism such as an African Education Fund. This is expected to achieve structural transformation, inclusive growth and sustainable development.

Participants at the meeting also resolved to consult with their respective countries on the initiative of the African Education Fund (AEF) – a funding mechanism that is responsive to varying African educational needs and priorities, financed by African governments, partners and education stakeholders, and managed by an African organization.

“African education must support science, technology and innovation. Education is the key to unlock a bright future for all African peoples and, to this end, the setting up of an African Education Fund can really unleash the full potential of the continent,” said Oley Dibba-Wadda, ADEA’s Executive Secretary.

ADEA’s flagship event was officially opened by Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal and Lead Champion for the Committee of Ten Champion African Heads of State on Education, Science and Technology.

In his opening speech, Macky Sall congratulated ADEA and urged the Association to keep fighting for the noble cause of revolutionalising Africa’s education with active support of ADEA’s host institution, the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) and key partners and stakeholders.

Quoting former South African President Nelson Mandela, Sall said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Sall received the “Life Patron for Education, Science and Technology Prize” from ADEA, in recognition of his outstanding leadership and distinguished devotion to foster education and training in Africa.


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About ADEA:

The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) is a forum for policy dialogue, composed of all the 54 Ministers of Education in Africa. Established in 1988 at the instigation of the World Bank Group, it has evolved into a pan-African institution based within the African Development Bank Group (AfDB). Since its inception, it has acted on processes that have had a profound impact on policy-making in Africa through evidence-based policy dialogue, capacity building, advocacy and networking. ADEA’s work has expanded to focus more on the development of skills and competencies across all the education sub-sectors. It envisions a “high quality African education and training system that is geared towards the promotion of critical knowledge and skills for accelerated and sustainable development in Africa”.

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