Inter-Country Quality Node on Secondary Education (ICQN-SE)

What is the ICQN-SE?

The Inter-Country Quality Node on Secondary Education was created in 2019 and is led by Botswana as the host Country coordinated at the Ministry of Basic Education. The node will serve as an inter-governmental forum for policy dialogue and collaborative action between African Ministers of Education and strategic partners. It will support countries in implementing the recommendations drawn from the Report on Secondary Education in Africa. ICQN-SE acts as a catalyst in the process of accumulating Secondary Education experiences in Africa bringing together representatives of Education Ministries for advancing Secondary Education agenda in Africa, through networking, discussing and sharing of problems they have encountered and solutions they have tried. During the launch of the Report on Secondary Education, Hon. Fidelis Molao appealed to African countries to join the ICQN-SE as members and to raise its visibility and credibility at all levels.

On 13 August 2020, The MasterCard Foundation released an important report on Secondary Education in Africa: Preparing Youth for the Future of Work. The findings of the report revealed that changes in the nature of work are placing a premium on skills that help young people be adaptable, resilient, and creative problem solvers. Secondary education that provides relevant skills to young workers will help improve productivity, particularly in the informal sector, and will play an important role in driving long-term economic growth and reducing poverty in Africa.

To advance as a continent in producing learners with employment related skills, we must move away from theoretical “chalk and talk” teaching, which emphasizes on superficial learning and failing to develop practical skills and understanding to a competency focused education system that combines; knowledge, skills and attitudes in a practical and rich learning environment according to set standards. We need to organize Secondary Education in such a way that it has functional quality assurance systems with quality standards and more flexible education career pathways.


Empowering African countries to reform their Secondary Education systems to respond to the countries emergent needs and to contribute to the continent’s socioeconomic and sustainable development.


To act as a catalyst for African countries and strategic partners by promoting dialogue, policies, recommendations to enhancing the delivery of quality secondary education in Africa.


The ICQN-SE therefore seeks to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Improved capacity of African Education Ministries for policy, planning, management and coordination among education authorities and actors in view of harmonization and delivery of quality Secondary Education.
  2. Quality assurance and standards systems strengthened leading to improved quality of Secondary Education.
  3. Bringing together African Education Ministries to share experience, knowledge and skills on Secondary Education.
  4. Countries implementing the recommendations drawn from the Report on Secondary Education in Africa.

To support the achievement of the ICQN-SE objectives and for effective coordination of ADEA mandate, a country level steering committee was formed. The committee brings together focal persons from different departments these include Secondary Education (SE), Peace Education (PE), Early Childhood Development (ECD), Non-Formal (NF), Mathematics and Science (MSE), Higher Education and Scientific Research (HESR), Teaching and Learning (TL), and Technical and Vocational Skills Development (TVSD) to work collectively and undertake specific tasks and activities towards the achievement of the overall ADEA mandate.

How to contact the ICQN-SE

ICQN-SE Coordinator
Ministry of Basic Education, Botswana
+267 74760077
ICQN-SE Project Officer
Ministry of Basic Education, Botswana
+267 76760509