Recent Blogs

A new database to raise the visibility and impact of African education research

A strong evidence-base is needed to inform decision-making on educational policy and practice in sub-Saharan Africa in order to achieve national, regional and global goals, including the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 16-25), the African Union’s Agenda 2063, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development...

Improving literacy in Africa

This is the eleventh blog post in a series of joint articles by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA). 

There is a need to improve literacy to achieve the higher goal of better meeting the demand for education for children and adults. Training structures at all levels need to ensure there is always a built-in link between literacy/training and students' professional activities, including the different elements of their environment...

The role of youth in education

This is the 10th blog in a series of collaborations between the Association for the Development of Education in Africa and the Global Partnership for Education 

On August 12 is International Youth Day. The pressing need to transform the potential of Africa’s large youth population—its greatest asset—into a demographic dividend is the Africa Union’s theme of the year. It recognizes that investments made today in the health, empowerment, education and skills training of youth will determine Africa’s development trajectory of over the next 50 years, and help achieve the “Africa We Want.”

ADEA’s role on education management information systems in Africa

This is the ninth blog post in a series of collaborations between the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).

In 2006, the African Union (AU) committed to monitoring education management information systems (EMIS) under the Plan of Action for the Second Decade of Education in Africa. As the second priority area, EMIS were recognized as a cross cutting and enabling factor in the achievement of the goals of the Second Decade...

Agenda 2063: The Resource Pressure in Financing Education in Africa

When a call was made by the international community to have education provided as a human right back in 1948, it was not immediately conceivable how the ambitious mission would have been actualized. The world had just come out of war and obviously countries had spent fortunes defending their territories. One can only imagine how broke everyone was. One would imagine it was going to take a while to accomplish the mission...

The role of education for women and girls in conflict and post-conflict countries

This is the eighth blog post in a series of collaborations between the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).

The effects of war and conflict afflict every member of the society. In a typical conflict, family and community structures are often dismantled, traditional beliefs and practices lack meaning and human rights are grossly violated...

International Day of the African Child: Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities

This is the seventh blog post in a series of joint articles by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA).

The Day of the African Child is celebrated by the African Union every year in memory of the June 16, 1976 student uprising in Soweto, South Africa, when demonstrators were massacred by the apartheid regime. NGOs and African associations commemorate this tragic event with coordinated actions to raise leaders’ awareness and inspire them to take action and eradicate the extreme poverty and abuse responsible for the death of one child every three seconds...

Creating Productive Jobs for Africa’s Youth: A Huge Challenge with Global Implications

In an article in the Financial Times (“Africa’s youth, frustrated and jobless, demand attention”, April 13), Mo Ibrahim – chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation focusing on leadership and governance in Africa – rightly called for more attention to the rising unemployment among young Africans. The article discussed several factors that risk “turning sour” Africa’s “demographic dividend” including “…the worrying mismatch between the skills our young people are taught and those needed by the contemporary job market”...

ADEA’s Inter-Country Quality Nodes on education and training in Africa

This is the sixth blog post in a series of collaborations between the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA)

ADEA supports African countries through Working Groups (WGs) and Inter-Country Quality Nodes (ICQNs). The working groups are based on key thematic areas of education and are driven by networks of professionals who work on generating the knowledge and tools that assist countries in addressing the challenges faced by education and training systems...

Challenges and prospects of Africa’s higher education

This is the fifth blog post in a series of collaborations between ADEA the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).

Africa has an estimated 1,650 higher education institutions, many of them facing challenges that require the intervention of various stakeholders, national governments and development partners in order for the students to maximize their learning outcomes and contribute effectively to the workforce...

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