ADDIS ABABA, The state of education in Africa has been reviewed by a committee made up of 10 African leaders which was appointed by the African Union (AU) summit of July 2015, underlining the importance of education as the cornerstone in achieving the achieving the continent’s 50-year development blueprint, Agenda 2063.

The Committee of Ten Heads of State and Government as African champions of Education, Science and Technology met at the AU Commission headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Saturday on the eve of the 30th AU summit.

The Committee is instituted out of the conviction that human resources development; science and technology remain among the primary instruments and tools that will enable Africa to effectively implement its long term vision of a transformative Agenda 2063, the AU said in a statement.

Saturday’s meeting was chaired President Macky Sall of Senegal, who is the president of the committee, and was attended by the leaders of Chad, Egypt, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Sierra Leone, and Tunisia.

President Sall reiterated the core value of Education, Science and Technology to unleash the full potential of Africa towards socio-economic development. It was further emphasized that the implementation of the continental strategies on education science and technology would require and justify increased investments in these sectors.

With regards to operational matters the Committee discussed and adopted its Rules of Procedure and put in place its first Bureau, the AU said.

The Committee reiterated that it is imperative to provide strategic policy direction that promotes Education, Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa and to constantly monitor progress on agreed decisions, targets and addressing barriers.

A draft decision for the consideration and adoption by the AU Assembly was among the outcomes of the brief deliberations of the Committee of Ten Heads of State and Government Champions for Education, Science and Technology. Likewise upon the generous offer made by the Republic of Malawi the Committee agreed to hold its extraordinary session at a date to be communicated in due time, the AU said.