Recent Blogs

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...

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...

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