Recent Blogs

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...

Copyright education: An urgent necessity in Africa

This blog post is the fourth in a series of collaborative blogs between ADEA and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated every year on April 23, a symbolic date for world literature. This is the day in 1616 on which William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. Additionally, every year UNESCO and three international organizations from the book industry select a city to serve as the World Book Capital for a period of one year, effective April 23...

Building Africa’s education systems for a prosperous future

Africa lacks a critical mass of skilled labor because of low access to, and high dropouts from education systems. Only about one third of children are in secondary school, and just over one in ten have access to higher education, compared to rates three times as high in other developing countries. Indeed, half of the children of primary and lower secondary school age who are not in school, are in Africa. This represents a total of 60 million youths. This is indeed a serious threat to social cohesion and labor force productivity of the future. The question is what to do about it...

How should mother languages be included in national education systems?

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

International Mother Language Day, proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 1999, is celebrated each year on February 21 in order to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism...

Why are girls and women under-represented in science related fields in Africa?

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

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science promotes the full and equal participation of women and girls in education, training, employment and decision-making processes in science fields. In the spirit of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and Africa’s Agenda 2063, girls and women need to play a significant role in development, and this includes getting more of them into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies and jobs...

Key issues on Agenda 2063 and their relevance to the education sector in Africa

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

The African Union has developed Agenda 2063, its 50-year Vision and Action Plan for the Africa that Africans want. Agenda 2063 calls for action by all segments of society to work together and build a prosperous and united Africa based on shared values and a common destiny...

We cannot teach children science; we can only help them experience it!

In the words of Henri Poincare, “An accumulation of facts is no more science than a heap of stones is a house”, the need to train teachers as agents of change is considered very crucial in the process of developing the science culture for national development towards peaceful societies. Young people are full of energy, ready with why questions, with an urge to create and innovate. The 21st century demands from all us to make personal and corporate decisions that are informed by science. The quest for solutions hinge on what science knowledge is relevant and reliable in a given situation, and how that knowledge was created and its limits...

#RuralWomenDay: Education a key driver of rural women development

It goes without saying in typical African traditional societies women are marginalized, discriminated upon and sometimes deprived of their rights. This is something they have endured for decades. The situation gets worse when we learn that world illiteracy levels are highest among rural women. In fact according a joint 2010 report by FAO, IFAD and ILO, women make up over two-thirds of the world’s 796 million people who are illiterate, and many of them live in rural areas. This, even as literacy and education are considered powerful tools in the fight against poverty...

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