Ministerial Conference on Education for Rural People

7 Sep 2005 to 9 Sep 2005
Addis Ababa

The Ministerial Conference on Education for Rural People ended on Friday 9 September in Addis Ababa. The seminar has allowed the ministers to present a Communiqué containing their recommendations. The Hon. Mr. Teshome Yizengaw, Vice-Minister for Higher Education of Ethiopia, lauded the seminar that has « fostered new partnerships and alliances amongst African countries and has clearly demonstrated our common vision and dedication to design African strategies for African problems » According to Mrs. Villareal of FAO « One of the main objectives of the ministerial seminar on Education for Rural People has been achieved: Ministers of education, agriculture, fisheries and rural development and high-level officials from eleven African countries have agreed to join efforts to enhance education in rural areas ». 

The Executive Secretary of ADEA, Mr. Mamadou Ndoye declared: "Countries now have two obligations. First, they must implement affirmative action policies to correct inequalities between urban and rural areas. Second, they must develop responses that are adapted to the demands of rural peoples and which are relevant and quality focused." The Executive Secretary also stressed the need to engage partners going beyond the education sector. "Education programs cannot be relevant if they are not articulated to development programs. Hence the need for inter-sectoral approaches to education."

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in Ethiopia are organizing a seminar in Addis Ababa that will address planning and policy issues affecting education for rural development in Africa. This seminar will bring together Ministers of Education and Agriculture from various African countries as well as representatives of the World Bank, FAO, IIEP/UNESCO, ADEA and other agencies as part of a general effort to make education in rural areas a top priority in national policies and aid strategies.

Communique and Press Releases

Conference documents

Documents in French language only

Power Point Presentations