ADEA 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.

The results of 6 studies were presented, relating to the following topics: 

  • Development of a conceptual and methodological approach to common core of skills within the framework of a holistic vision that includes non-formal education; 
  • Development of an evaluation grid to identify alternative programs and promising initiatives in non-formal education; 
  • Use of the lessons learned at the Triennale on innovative approaches and endogenous knowledge and know-how to improve relations between schools and communities;
  • The Peer Review exercise in Burkina Faso;
  • The Peer Review exercise in the Republic of Congo; 
  • Nomadic education in Sahelian and Saharan areas.

The participants were also informed of the creation and leadership of the African network for vulnerable youth and the reconstruction of WGNFE’s website.

View of the conference room. Recognizable in the photo are, from left to right, the former Director-General of UIL and the representatives of the Burkina Ministry of Education, WAI, Praia, Niger, ERNWACA and Benin. 

Participants included representatives from the Ministry of Education and Literacy; the Swiss cooperation agency in Burkina Faso; country working groups of Senegal, Niger, Benin, Mali and Burkina Faso; and international institutions and not-for-profit associations such as the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), the West Africa Institute (WAI), the Educational Research Network for West and Central Africa (ERNWACA), Pamoja Afrique de l’Ouest, Corade, the association Andal et Pinal and the Association for Non-Formal Education (APENF). 

Coffee break with the representatives of the WAI, WGNFE and APENF, accompanied by one of the consultants.

The meeting was also attended by the members of the coordinating team of the WGNFE, the consultants who conducted the studies, the former director of UIL and former minister of education of Mali, Mr. Adama Ouane.

The studies were validated by the workshop, and WGNFE will now finalize them on the basis of the comments received.

WGNFE also held a meeting of its consultative committee during the workshop. The committee reviewed progress made by WGNFE and agreed on activities planned for 2015. 

For more information contact Ibrahima Bah-Lalya, Coordinator, ADEA Working Group on Non-Formal Education (WGNFE), [email protected] or [email protected]