ADEA News Briefs, January - March 2015

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Dear readers,

ADEA got off to a good start in the first quarter of 2015. 

The Republic of Korea joined ADEA and we are thrilled by the prospect of enhancing our collaboration. We warmly thank the Korean Ministry of Education for its increased commitment to, and involvement in ADEA. 

ADEA also partnered with other organizations in two strategic areas: 

  • The formulation of priorities for education Post 2015: 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;
  • Higher Education: The African Summit on Higher Education, which took place in March, identified the challenges facing the sub-sector and explored how to revitalize it. ADEA produced 7 policy briefs to inform the Summit on crucial issues pertaining to higher education in Africa.

Finally we have the pleasure of announcing the launch of the Inter-Country Quality Node on Early Childhood Development (ICQN-ECD). Congratulations to Mauritius who has taken the leadership for advancing ECD in Africa, through its Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Higher Education and Scientific Research!

The Editor


Summit discusses how to revitalize higher education in Africa

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The African Higher Education Summit on Revitalizing Higher Education for Africa’s Future, took place in Dakar, Senegal, March 10 -12, 2015. The Summit was hosted by the government of Senegal and organized by Trust Africa, in collaboration with a number of  pan-African organizations and other partners. 

The conference produced a draft Declaration recommending actions to be taken to revitalize higher education in Africa.

Senegal's President Macky Sall and the Chair of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma pledged that they would urge their constituencies to take actions to revitalize higher education at the upcoming Heads of States meeting in June 2015...

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The Republic of Korea joins ADEA

ADEA is pleased to welcome the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea within its Steering Committee. 

ADEA and Korea – through the government of the Republic of Korea or Korean organizations – have collaborated since several years... Read more

From left to right: Taro Kikuchi, Senior Representative of the JICA Office in Tunisia, Oley Dibba Wadda, Executive Secretary of ADEA, Désiré Vencatachellum, Director for fund mobilization of the AfDB

ADEA and JICA sign Contribution Agreement in Tunis 

January 27, 2015, ADEA and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Contribution Agreement at the African Development Bank (AfDB) office in Tunis hosting ADEA... Read more



Hon Mrs. Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, Minister of Education and Human Resources, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Mauritius

Africa launches Inter-Country Quality Node on ECD 

A regional platform to improve the provision of quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs in Africa was launched February 9, 2015 during the Ministerial Conference for sub-Saharan Africa on Education Post-2015...

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ICQN on Mathematics and Science Education (MSE) settles in CEMASTEA

The Inter-Country Quality Node on Mathematics and Science Education (ICQN-MSE) is in the process of establishing its Secretariat within the Center of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) based in Nairobi, Kenya... Read more


Working Group on Non-Formal Education reviews 2014 outputs 

The Working Group on Non-Formal Education (WGNFE) held a workshop of experts from several countries in the sub-region to review WGNFE’s outputs, and validate studies produced. The workshop was held in Ouagadougou, December 8-10, 2014... Read more



Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Conference on Education Post-2015 adopts Kigali Statement

The Ministerial Conference on Education Post-2015 for Sub-Saharan Africa took place in Kigali, Rwanda, February 9-11, 2015. The conference was organized by UNESCO, the African Union and the Ministry of Education of Rwanda... Read more

> Read ADEA’s position for education in Africa Post 2015


Bureau of COMEDAF VI meets in Kigali ahead of Ministerial Conference on Education Post 2015

The Bureau of the Conference of Ministers of Education of the African Union (COMEDAF VI) met in Kigali on February 8, 2015, to discuss the African position on the global post-2015 education program... Read more 


GESCI expands Leadership in ICT and Knowledge Society course to Côte d’Ivoire, Morocco and Senegal

The Global E-Schools and Communities Initiative (GESCI), in partnership with the African Union Commission and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland is running the first francophone session of the African Leadership in ICT and Knowledge Society course, from April to December 2015... Read more


Meetings of International Task Force for Teachers for EFA reflect on Teachers Post-2015 

Teachers were at the center of the following meetings which took place in Rabat, Morocco, December 16-19, 2015. The meetings were organized by the UNESCO International Task Force on Teachers for EFA and the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training of the Kingdom of Morocco... Read more


Statistical Commission for Africa and Committee of National Statistics Offices meet in Tunis

ADEA WGEMPS participated in the First joint session of the Committee of Director Generals of National Statistics Offices (CoDGs) and the Statistical Commission for Africa (StatCom-Africa)... Read more


ADEA attends GPE workshop on preschool education in challenging environments 

A workshop on preschool education organized by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), in collaboration with the German cooperation agency (GIZ/BMZ) and UNICEF, was held in Zanzibar, Tanzania, November 24 - 27, 2014... Read more


This month's video: Investing in Early Childhood Education

The big picture: Young children and the global development agenda


Empowering women through education

“Women constitute half of Africa's population… and they gave birth to the other half”.  Is Africa really tapping fully on this critical resource for its development? The answer is: Africa can do better... 

Read the full statement

Oley Dibba Wadda, Executive Secretary, ADEA



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