ADEA Executive Secretary visits Côte d’Ivoire’s Minister of National Education and Technical Training

From left to right: Ms. Oley Dibba-Wadda, ADEA Executive Secretary; and H.E. Ms. Kandia Camara, Côte d'Ivoire's Minister of National Education and Technical Training

As part of the installation of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) in Abidjan due to the return of its host institution, the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) to Côte d'Ivoire, and after spending seven years in Tunis, ADEA is carrying on with its courtesy visit program for the Abidjan-based partners.

The Minister of National Education and Technical Training, H.E. Ms. Kandia Camara, was pleased to receive the Executive Secretary of ADEA, Ms. Oley Dibba Wadda at the Ministry offices. On that occasion, the Minister affirmed: "It is an honor and a pride for the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire to host ADEA in this country, which is an emerging market.” 

As education is one of the main drivers of development, Minister Camara hopes ADEA will support her country to strengthen the many actions being undertaken in the education sector. Among these, Ms. Camara highlighted the law on compulsory education (to be voted for really soon) and the extensive outreach and education program on literacy aimed at addressing the current significant levels of illiteracy in the country. The Minister of Education and Technical Training , who is also the President of the Conference of Education Ministers of Member States and Governments of the Francophonie (CONFEMEN) , declared that these two major steps stemmed from the recommendations of ADEA’s Triennale held in 2012 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The ADEA Executive Secretary congratulated Côte d'Ivoire for the implementation of these two important recommendations of the 2012 Triennale and took the opportunity to inform Minister Camara and her team of the preparations for the next Triennale, which will probably take place in Morocco in 2016/2017.

To this end, Ms Dibba-Wadda hopes to count on the support of H.E. Camara in her dual capacity as Minister of National Education and Technical Training as well as President of CONFEMEN to better mobilize Côte d’Ivoire and all the other member countries of CONFEMEN for the coming Triennale.