Inter-Country Quality Node on Mathematics and Sciences Education (ICQN-MSE)

Background

The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) seeks to promote education in African through providing a network and a unique forum for policy dialogue for African education and training ministries, educational experts and international partners. It also seeks to translate expert knowledge into concrete recommendations and frameworks to inform African governments of the required paradigm shifts, policy changes, and actions required to transform education and training. ADEA also initiates targeted interventions on the most pressing thematic areas that impact the development of critical knowledge, skills, and qualifications.  It was in this regard that ADEA launched the Working Group on Mathematics and Science Education (WGMSE) in November 2004 to provide targeted intervention to address the challenges facing mathematics and science education in Africa.

In order to more effectively support countries in translating knowledge, strategic frameworks and key recommendations emerging from ADEA’s evidence-based policy dialogue into policies and implementation frameworks at the national level, the 40th ADEA Steering Committee Meeting held in Tunis in May 2014 converted WGMSE into the ICQN-MSE. The ICQN-MSE arrangement as opposed to the WGMSE is a more potent option for promoting implementation at national level because it is a unique arrangement where countries facing similar challenges come together with strategic partners who have expertise in a specific field to promote dialogue, collective learning and space for collaborative action was therefore mooted. It therefore has a great potential for promoting ownership of the learning around which it is built. This is critical since quality improvement is a national affair. It also has the potential to promote capacity building by continuously utilising existing capacity while developing new through the process of collaborating states and partners learning in and from action, practice and experience as well as learning together, with and through one's peers. In this regard it fosters and develops synergies by actively bringing together strategic development partners involved in a strategic area.

Kenya which used to host the WGMSE is the ICN-MSE Leader. Similarly, the Center for Mathematics and Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) which hosted and coordinated WGMSE will serve as ICQN-MSE Secretariat. ICQN-MSE will build on the strong foundations already laid by WGMSE which made several strides during its 10 years of existence. In collaboration with SMASE-Africa Association and its Lead Agency Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), WGMSE conducted nine regional conferences which provided forums for education stakeholders from over 27 African countries with platforms to dialogue on how to create and sustain programmes for enhancing the quality of mathematics and science through capacity-building and policy advocacy. 

As WGMSE, The ICQN-MSE has also created a network of over 1,500 trainer of trainers (TOT) consisting of mathematics and science educators from some 27 countries. These have been trained by ICQN-MSE host and coordinating institution CEMASTEA in a bid to enhance collaboration among African countries and strengthen south-south cooperation. Additionally, Over 100 expert service missions were dispatched to more than 10 Sub Saharan African countries to support them in the construction of sustainable INSET systems. Expertise provided was on the areas of INSET project formulation, facilitation, management, monitoring and evaluation and stakeholder sensitization.  

Besides capacity building and exchange of expertise, ICQN-MSE as WGMSE and in collaboration with SMASE-Africa and the Governments of Swaziland, Kenya and Zambia have organized three Technical Workshops. These workshops provide platforms for technical persons involved in capacity building programmes to share on the interventions being made in their countries towards sustaining and improving the implementation of ideas learnt during their training at CEMASTEA.

Objectives of ICQN-MSE 

ICQN-MSE being an ADEA unit, will seek to attain the ADEA’s Medium Term Strategic Objectives (2013-2017) but with specific focus on mathematics and science education. ICQN-MSE Objectives therefore are to:

  1. Advance policies, strategies, practices, and programs that promote critical knowledge and skills in mathematics and science
  2. Develop and promote African-led education and training solutions to address national and regional needs in mathematics
  3. Foster greater utilization of relevant ICT to accelerate the transformation of approaches and outcomes in mathematics and science education
  4. Leverage a diverse, sustainable partner network for mathematics and science education
  5. Strengthen organizational capacity and effectiveness

Activities of the ICQN-MSE

  • Capacity-Building
    Through Training Programmes Technical Workshops, technical expert service
  • Advocacy and Networking
    This is done through conferences and Technical exchanges visits
  • Analytical Work
    ICQN-MSE conducts research and impact studies to inform Mathematics and Science education training programmes.
  • Information Dissemination
    ICQN-MSE disseminates information through various platforms such as training programmes at CEMASTEA, conferences, technical workshops, ADEA, CEMASTEA, SMASE-Africa websites and other related links.

ICQN-MSE Publications and Documents

How to contact the ICQN-MSE

ICQN-MSE Leader

Cabinet Secretary, 
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
Jogoo House ‘B’; Harambee Avenue
P.O. Box 30040-00100
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel.: +254-20-3318581
Fax: +254-020-251991
Email: cs@scienceandtechnology.go.ke

ICQN-MSE Coordinator

Mrs. Mary Wakhaya Sichangi
Coordinator, Partnerships and Linkages
Centre for Mathematics, Sciences and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA)
P. O. Box 24214-00502
Nairobi, Kenya
Office Tel. +254 780 797 648
Office Email: dcemastea@gmail.com
Personal Mobile: +254 721 239 779
Personal Email: mnswakhaya@gmail.com
Website: www.cemastea.ac.ke