ADEA/USAID sub-regional meeting to promote the launch of the Global Book Alliance

14 December 2016 to 15 December 2016
Republic of Senegal

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its partners have launched an initiative named “the Global Book Alliance (GBA),” aimed at transforming and advancing current book design, acquisition, distribution and use especially in Africa and Asia, to ensure that students have the books they need in their mother tongue – in order to learn how to read and read to learn.

As an implementation partner on the African continent, the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), will provide its contribution to the launch and promotion of this initiative through the stakeholders in the book chain, educationists, communication specialists, and African decision makers. To this end, the ADEA Working Group on Books and Learning Material (WGBLM) will organize, in close collaboration with the Global Book Alliance and USAID, a series of field activities in 2016 and 2017 across the continent.

The WGBLM will thus organize in Dakar, Senegal from 14th to 15th December 2016, a first sub-regional meeting that will bring together representatives from four West African Francophone countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali and Senegal. Each country will be represented by a delegation of four people: a representative of the Ministry of Education, a publisher, a national and local language author, and NGOs dedicated to books and reading in national and local languages.