ADEA makes featured presentation at the 62nd International Council on Education for Teaching World Assembly

Stand of the Association for the development of Education in Africa.
Photo Credit: ADEA-WGEMPS

The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) through its Working Group on Education Management and Policy Support (WGEMPS) presented the activities of its  Inter-Country Quality Node on Teaching and Learning (ICQN-TL), the recommendations of the ADEA 2017 Triennale as well the Most Significant Change stories initiative at the 62nd International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET).

The Assembly took place from 9th to 11th of July and it was hosted by the Texas Agricultural and Mechanical International University (TAMIU) in Laredo, Texas (USA). The Conference theme, “Teacher Education at the Edge: Expanding Access & Exploring Frontiers,” represented a call to action for explorers and pioneers redefining the frontier of teacher education.

The International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET), founded in 1953, is an association of policy and decision makers in education, government and business dedicated to global development through education. This platform is especially relevant to those involved in the education of learners and provides opportunities for them to share information, resources, best practices, and expertise across the world. The sub-themes of the 2018 World Assembly were largely informed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and focused specifically on inclusion, equity and gender, quality learning and lifelong learning provision.

To that end,the main objectives of the 62nd ICET World Assembly in Laredo were to: 

  1. Provide workshops for teachers, administrators and other education specialists working in high-need, isolated, and low-resource settings; 
  2. Promote cooperation between higher education, government, non-profit, NGOs, and private sector to strengthen approaches for advancing educational outcomes in local contexts; 
  3. Create an international forum for researchers to discuss the issues and trends linked to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 within the Education 2030 Framework; 
  4. Assist institutions all over the world to expand participation of undergraduate and graduate education students in the generation and dissemination of scholarly activity. 

Drawing on these themes and objectives, ADEA’s featured presentation covered the new ADEA Strategic Plan, the outcomes of the ADEA 2017 Triennale and the activities of the ADEA’s Inter-Country Quality Node on Teaching and Learning (ICQN-TL) based in Kigali (Rwanda), whose mandate is closely aligned to that of ICET. This particular Inter Country Quality Node is an intergovernmental forum for policy dialogue and collaborative action among African ministers of education and strategic partners for advancing quality teaching and learning in their countries and in the continent in general. The collaborative approach and networking will support the exchange of knowledge on concepts, research findings and capacity building to respond to the varying contexts in which teaching and learning programs are being implemented in Africa.  The ADEA’s presentation highlighted the work that has so far been done by the ICQN-TL. In addition, ADEA ran an exhibition stand during the conference in order to provide further information and marketing materials about its past and current activities as well as achievements. 

Lastly, concerning the importance of the first sub-theme of ICET on inclusion, equity and gender, ADEA and its close partner, the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) made a presentation on the Most Significant Change stories, a joint initiative focused on identifying innovations in education to inspire girls to become teachers in Burkina Faso, the Gambia, Kenya, Mali and Zambia. The success of this important initiative was also made possible thanks to the support received from UNESCO and ICET. It was in this same spirit that ICET sponsored the participation of ADEA and FAWE at its 62nd World Assembly. The next phase of this particular initiative will be to select one of the best innovative stories and scale it up for reaching a major impact.

For further information, please contact:

  • Mr. Makha Ndao, Coordinator of the ADEA Working Group on Education Management and Policy Support (WGEMPS), Phone n.: (+263) 4775 7769; e-mail: m.ndao@afdb.org
  • Ms. Chemwi Mutiwanyuka, Programme Analyst, WGEMPS, Phone n.: (+263) 4776 7769; e-mail: c.mutiwanyuka@adeanet.org

Media:

  • Mr. Stefano De Cupis, Senior Communications Officer, ADEA, T. (+225) 2026 4261, e-mail: s.decupis@afdb.org