NAIROBI– Ministers of Education from 53 African countries will meet here Wednesday to Friday to discuss the state of education on the continent against national, regional and international commitments towards equitable, inclusive, quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.
The Ministers will be among the 600 local and international delegates who include policy and opinion makers on education, education researchers from governments and delegates representing development partners across the globe who will be attending the conference, which is being held under the auspices of the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).
Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Education, Amina Mohamed, said here Monday that the conference would provide a forum to assess the progress Africa has made in ensuring inclusive quality education and lifelong learning as enunciated in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the AU’s Continental Strategy for Education in Africa 2016-2025 (CESA 16-25).
The conference, to be held under the theme, “Bridging Continental and Global Education Frameworks for the Africa We Want”, will identify challenges and opportunities in the further alignment of educational systems with a view to ensuring transformative education for Africa.
Amina said Kenya had formulated new policies aligned to global commitments to achieve equitable, inclusive quality education and lifelong learning opportunities and was undertaking major reforms in education to embrace competency-based curricula which enable learners to become engaged, empowered and ethical citizens.
The Director of Unesco’s regional offfice for Eastern Africa in Nairobi, Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta, said the conference will enable African countries take stock of the progress made and to identify both the challenges and the opportunities to ensure a transformative education for Africa in a meaningful and significant way.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK