ADEA Bulletins

  • The Republic of Korea joined ADEA and we are thrilled by the prospect of enhancing our collaboration. 
  • The Sub-Saharan Conference on Education Post 2015, which took place last February produced a statement as  a prelude to the upcoming meetings in Incheon and New York;
  • ADEA and other organizations supported Trust Africa to organize the African Summit on Higher Education, which identified the challenges facing the sub-sector and explored how to revitalize it. 
  • ADEA facilitated the launching of an Inter-Country Quality Node (ICQN) on Early Childhood Development (ECD) which will be led by Mauritius.
  • The ICQN on Mathematics and Science Education (MSE) took steps to be firmly anchored in the Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology (CEMASTEA) based in Nairobi, Kenya. 

2015 is on the doorstep. Looking back, while ADEA had its share of challenges in 2014, we were blessed at the end of the year. First reward: Norway, a member of ADEA between 1997 to 2009 is back! We thank Norway warmly for its support and look forward to its return and participation in the ADEA Steering Committee. We are also pleased that ADEA and the African Union Commission (AUC) developed a Road Map of joint activities for 2015 because this will no doubt have a positive impact on human capital development in Africa. In this bulletin, we also thank and congratulate Kenya for a beautiful gift: its first just published Education for Peace policy. We are confident that Kenya will be followed by other countries of the Inter-Country Quality Node on Peace Education (ICQN-PE). On this note on peace, we wish our members and readers happy holidays and a wonderful New Year. We also address our deepest thanks to our members for their continued support. May 2015 bring to you all and to your families peace, love and prosperity!

Scientific and technological skills are critical for building globally competitive African societies driven by knowledge and innovation. Accordingly, STI features as a high priority in most continental programs and frameworks addressing human capital development – e.g. AU’s 2024 Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation for Africa, the Pan-African University, the AfDB’s Human Capital Development Strategy, the Common African Position (CAP) on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, UNESCO’s Priority Africa 2014-2021 program and ADEA’s Strategic Policy Framework adopted by African Heads of State at AU’s 10th Summit held in Addis Ababa in 2013. In this Bulletin, we are pleased to report how ADEA is pushing the science, technology and innovation (STI) agenda forward – this year through its active engagement in the 2nd Ministerial Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) held in Rabat, Morocco – and soon through a revived Working Group on Higher Education putting emphasis on STI. In this issue, we also introduce ADEA's Working Group on Education Management and Policy Support (WGEMPS) and the role WGEMPS is playing in the Data Revolution. Other Working Groups and ongoing programs will be presented in future issues.
In this Bulletin, ADEA is pleased to report the successful outcome of the Ministerial Conference on “How to Provide Youth with the Skills and Training for Jobs” organized by the ICQN on Technical and Vocational Skills Development (ICQN-TVSD). Twenty-five Ministers for Employment and Vocational Training made it to the conference, shared strategies and experiences and developed and endorsed a Plan of Action for Inter-Country Cooperation to strengthen training and youth employment in Africa. The conference – which follows up on ADEA’s Triennale on Critical Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications for Africa’s Sustainable Development (Ouagadougou, February 2012) – was also an opportunity to assess to what extent countries are implementing the paradigm shift from TVET to TVSD. The bulletin also highlights ADEA’s ongoing contribution to education policy and system analysis and assessment through Peer Reviews conducted throughout the continent (currently in Burkina Faso, Congo, Ghana and Mozambique). ADEA also assists the development of national policies and regional frameworks: here we highlight the first African education sector peace education policy just finalized in Kenya with the participation of ADEA and the support provided to develop action and monitoring plans for the AU's African Youth Decade. Finally, we draw your attention to the Education Research in Africa Award. The 2014/2015 competition is open. Please help spread the word!
This month, ADEA is particularly pleased to announce the arrival of Oley Dibba-Wadda, ADEA’s new Executive Secretary. Mrs. Dibba-Wadda took up her post on July 1st. ADEA also welcomes and congratulates Nigeria who has become a permanent member of ADEA’s Steering Committee and thanks Finland, a long-standing member, for the renewal of its support to ADEA. Activities and areas we bring more particularly to your attention are: - The upcoming Ministerial Conference on “Providing Africa's Youth with Skills and Training for Jobs”, that will take place in Abidjan, July 21-23; - The launching of ADEA’s first mobile application on Triennale Follow-Up programs and activities; - The leading role ADEA’s WG on Education Management and Policy Support (WGEMPS) is assuming and which it has pledged to continue to play in the data revolution, an important priority in the nascent post-2015 development agenda.