Recent Blogs

Why is developing technical and vocational skills critical for young Africans?

This is the sixth blog post published in 2018 as part of the collaborative effort launched in 2017 between the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).

World Youth Skills Day represents an opportunity to renew the commitment to increase investment in youth empowerment. Offering vocational training to youth—particularly to girls and young women—provides them with the means to acquire work experience and find decent jobs to help improve their prospects.

Non-formal education: a viable alternative for African children

This is the fifth blog post published in 2018 as part of the collaborative effort started in 2017 between the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).

In commemoration of the students massacred by the apartheid regime on June 16, 1976 in Soweto, South Africa, for demonstrating against their inferior education and demanding respect for their right to instruction in their own language, the African Union (AU) has observed the Day of the African Child (DAC) every year since 1991.

New technologies: threat or opportunity for Africa?

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” Socrates

This blog post is the 4th for 2018 in a collaboration between the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), which began in 2017.

Celebrating the power of books to promote ADEA’s vision of knowledge societies

April 23 was first proclaimed as World Book and Copyright Day by UNESCO in 1995 to pay a worldwide tribute to books and authors encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading.

This day was chosen because on this date in 1616 Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. Moreover, it is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors from all over the world.

The role of women in education systems in Africa

This blog post is the second for 2018 in a collaboration between the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), which began in 2017.

Nowadays, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political...

Disrupting the Status Quo to Address Illiteracy: The Global Book Alliance lights new paths to global literacy

On February 21st, celebrations of International Mother Language Day remind us that the human family speaks approximately 7,000 languages. What magnificent diversity - more than 7,000 words for “love,” “child,” “rain.” More than 7,000 ways for children to express their aspirations and experiences. 

Mother language education in Africa

This blog post is the first for the year 2018 of a series of collaborations that began in 2017 between ADEA and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). 

International Mother Language Day – proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 1999 – has been celebrated every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity, as well as multilingualism...

Making the best standard practice in every class

Maggie Moore’s pupils learn more and faster for three simple reasons: time, resources, and support. Bridge helps her by providing adequate instructional time, quality instructional materials, and explicit guidance for her teaching. Bridge is designed to deliver a consistent, high-quality education to all students. So, while Maggie Moore is certainly special, every one of her colleagues receives this same backing...

Innovating learning in Africa through comics and animations

The indigenous comic and cartoon industry in Africa has continued to evolve and make commendable strides despite its early days riddled with under-representation, low quality, low visibility and other issues that battle a new creative industry within the continent. 2015, it seems, was the peak of its global attention. In the words of Roy Okupe, the founder of Youneek Studios and producer of the African themed Superhero comic, E.X.O., “ten years ago if you released a superhero from Nigeria, I don't think anybody would care, but now that it's a popular industry, people want diversity”...

Changing Africa’s future by investing in our youth

This is the 16th blog post in a series of collaborations between the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

The early years of life are a time of immense hope and possibility for young children and their families and for nations as a whole.  Conversely it is also a time of particular risk for children living in the most adverse circumstances. The ever-evolving science of early development tells us that the brain of the infant is primed to develop faster in the first 1,000 days than at any other time during their lifetime...

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