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.

A part of the Mastercard Foundation’s report on Secondary Education in Africa: Preparing Youth for the Future of Work

To better understand the thoughts, experiences, and concerns of Africa’s youth when it comes to secondary education, it is critical to listen to the voices of young people themselves. Their perspectives are notably absent from many policy discussions on secondary education. To rethink secondary education to meet the needs of young people entering the labour force, it is critical that their experiences and needs be heard.

The Association for the Development of Education in Africa selected six Youth Ambassadors from over 1,500 applications across the continent. The rigorous selection process took into consideration age, regional background, gender, disabilities, and language diversity.

The fourth in the GEM Report series looks at social, economic and cultural mechanisms that discriminate against disadvantaged children, youth and adults, keeping them out of education or marginalized in it. Spurred by their commitment to fulfil the right to inclusive education by 2030, countries are expanding their vision of inclusion in education to put diversity at the core of their systems. Yet implementation of well-meaning laws and policies often falters. Released at the start of the decade of action, and in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis, which has exacerbated underlying inequalities, the Report argues that resistance to addressing every learner’s needs is a real threat to achieving global education targets.

Secondary Education in Africa: Preparing Youth for the Future of Work is a collaborative effort between multiple donors, partners, and research organizations. 

The report focuses on the role of secondary education in ensuring youth acquire the skills, knowledge, and competencies necessary to succeed in a dynamic and globalized labour market. The Secondary Education in Africa (SEA) report examines progress and provides policymakers and other education stakeholders with practical options and examples of promising practices as they seek solutions that are relevant and implementable in their contexts. It is not intended to be a blueprint. Rather, the objective is to highlight the urgency of the challenge and to contribute to the dialogue on how to ensure Africa benefits from the potential of its growing youth demographic.

Many Sub-saharan African countries are facing huge challenges in creating relevant education and employment opportunities for their young and fast growing population. Demand for jobs outpace growth in job opportunities. While many of the jobs available are in technical and fields, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is generally not leveraged effectively for a range of reasons - including lack of legislative and political support from the state, outdated curricula, insufficient public-private partnerships and undesirable perception of TVET among the public. However, even in the face of these challenges, there are a number of successful initiatives operating in TVET.

Despite the risks they face, communities on the front lines of this struggle will not rest until their children are guaranteed the education that is every child’s right. But it will indeed be a struggle without greater support, given that education-in-emergencies programmes in West and Central Africa remain severely underfunded. 

This must not become a forgotten crisis. 

Without education, children face a future stripped of hope. The life of a child kept out of school is a tragedy of unfulfilled potential and lost opportunity. In a region confronted by increasingly complex conflict and instability, education can never be an option; it is a necessity and a matter of survival. Regardless of conflict, children must be provided with the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge, values and attitudes they need to become responsible, active and productive adults. 

The Education Data Solutions Roundtable (DRT), a public-private initiative convened by the Global Partnership for Education, aimed to leverage government, civil society, private and development partners’ expertise to improve the availability and use of accurate and timely education data in developing countries and at global level.

The initiative also sought to engage with the private sector in a more concrete manner, recognizing the enormous potential of the business community to co-create innovative solutions and new technologies with other development stakeholders to drive improvements in education at community, regional, national and ultimately global levels—all while noting that to be transformative, any intervention to strengthen a country’s data systems must be country owned.

The guidebook on Education for Sustainable Development for Educators has been conceived as a tool to mainstream sustainability into all aspects of teacher education and training with useful information concerning teaching, learning and assessment approaches to help achieve the ESD goals and learning outcomes.

The African Union Heads of State and Government, during their Twenty-Sixth Ordinary Session on 31st January 2016 in Addis Ababa, adopted the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 16-25) as the framework for transforming education and training systems in Africa, as called for in Agenda 2063. Since then, much has been done by stakeholders to popularize CESA and develop implementable plans, through the CESA Thematic Clusters.

This handbook documents 63 innovations in the words of the innovators themselves who were present for the Innovating Education in Africa Expo 2018. Education is undoubtedly the most important tool which we have at our disposal to realise our destiny as a prosperous, integrated, peaceful Africa, driven by its own competent citizens, representing an influential force in the global arena. the Continental Education Strategy for Africa provides a guiding framework for re-orienting our education systems so that education contributes to realisation of the aspirations of Agenda 2063.

This bi-annual CESA Journal provides the platform to engage all stakeholders and highlight reflections, debates, activities and innovative interventions for strength- ening education and training towards the “Africa We Want”.