Over 53 Ministers of Education from African Countries are set to meet in Nairobi from Wednesday to Friday to discuss the state of African Education against national, regional and international commitments “equitable inclusive quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.”
The Ministers will be part of 600 local and international delegates who include policy and opinion makers on education, education researchers from governments; development partners across the globe.
The Conference takes place under the auspices of UNESCO and African Union.
The Cabinet Secretary for Education Ambassador, Amina Mohamed says the Conference provides a forum to assess the strides Africa has made in ensuring inclusive quality education and lifelong learning as enunciated in Sustainable Development Goals, 2030, and Continental Strategy for Education in Africa 2016-2025 (CESA 16-25), the entire world and Africa committed to realising less than three years ago.
The Conference theme is dubbed Bridging Continental and Global Education Frameworks for the Africa we want will identify challenges and opportunities in the further alignment of educational systems in view of ensuring transformative education for Africa.
Ambassador Mohamed notes that Kenya has formulated new policies aligned to global commitments to equitable inclusive quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.
She says the country is undertaking major reforms in education to embrace Competency-Based Curriculum that enables learners to become engaged, empowered and ethical citizens.
The Director of UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, Nairobi-Kenya, Ms
Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta said the Conference will enable African countries to 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.
“The conference will analyze how proper alignment can influence current reform agendas, education legislation, policy, plans, financing and monitoring and information systems, Ms. Ndong-Jatta added.
SDG Goal 4 on education has 7-point targets. The goal obligates countries to ensure among others that by 2030, they ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes, that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.
Other targets are that countries ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university and equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university, apart from substantially increasing the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship among other targets.
Ms. Ndong-Jatta revealed that the Conference will allow Africa to reflect and prepare for two upcoming major global events, the Global Education Meeting (GEM, December 2018) and the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF, July 2019) both intended as mechanisms for monitoring progress of the global education agenda.
She said African Countries has the potential to meet the targets.
“With coordination, anything is possible,” she said.