Knowledge and Resources

This is a compilation of Knowledge and Resources in the ADEA Network. The sharing of Knowledge is an important strategic objective of the ADEA. The social capital of all of stakeholders in Education in Africa is developed through exchange of information and the sharing of knowledge within and outside the ADEA network. This section provides a wide range of articles, books, and documents that relate to the development of education and training produced and published in the ADEA network.


The main purpose of the EMIS Norms and Standards is to have a set of criteria and measures for advocating best practice and benchmarking countries capabilities in being able to produce relevant, accurate, timely and comprehensive education statistics and information. Adopting the Norms and Standards ensures countries will have sustainable, comprehensive and appropriate Education Management Information Systems in harmony with international and regional systems and practices. The Botswana peer review focused on the four thematic areas, namely: Policy and Legal Frameworks; Resource Availability and Utilisation; Statistical Processes; and Education Information Reporting.
The SADC EMIS Norms and Standards code contains 17 minimum norms and standards covering policy and legal frameworks, resource availability and utilization, statistical processes and education information reports. SADC Ministers of Education adopted this code at their annual meeting in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, in March 2010 and by doing so, committed themselves to adhere to these norms and standards, thereby improving their EMIS. The Assessment Framework and process developed by Member States, stemming from the code, was approved by the Ministers at their annual meeting in 2012 with the intention that all member countries would become compliant. The Swaziland peer review is therefore a follow up to these commitments and a similar process is envisaged in other SADC Member States.

WGEMPS organised and coordinated the 2014 AU EMIS RTC meeting in April in Accra, Ghana. This meeting was attended by countries, partners , RECs and the AUC . It was co-funded by the AU Statistics Division and the German BACKUP Initiative – Education in Africa (BACKUP Education). The participants noted that it was premature to terminate the committee during this era when the conclusion of the Second Decade of Education draws near but suggested the modification of its TORs. Several thematic presentations were made and a communiqué was developed. Recommendations, next steps and strategic decisions were endorsed.

This report analyzes Africa's current performance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) research, as well as future trends. In March 2014 several African governments' ministers agreed on a Joint Call for Action in Kigali to adopt a strategy...

The Declaration, signed by 25 ministers of employment and vocational training or their representatives, sets out the decisions made by the “Conference of Ministers on Providing the African Youth with Skills and Training for Jobs”, held in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, July 21-23, 2014. Read more about the conference 

The reality of skills acquisition in Africa, which is informal-sector dominated, calls for a paradigm shift in skilling Africa from a school-based formal TVET system to a holistic and inclusive system of technical and vocational skills development (TVSD)...
This report on of Early Childhood Care and Education – released by the Australian government – draws on and summarizes research conducted in Australia and other parts of the world. The report presents a useful synopsis of the current thinking on ECD delivery and funding models, accreditation and standards and the role of EECE in children’s development outcomes...
Published by the Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Kenya. With support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)...
Referring to the rights, freedoms and duties of the African youth, the African Youth Charter is the first legal framework provided to Africa, by the relevant actors in the youth area, to support national policies, programmes and actions in favor of youth development. The document was adopted by Heads of States and Governments, and recommended for ratification and implementation...

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