ADEA Bulletins

This month, we draw your attention to the following: - The Ministerial Conference on Youth Employment, the first major regional event organized by ADEA’s Inter-Country Quality Node on Technical and Vocational Skills Development (ICQN -TVSD), will take place in Abidjan, July 21 to 23, 2014. - ADEA’s Working Group on Mathematics and Science Education is being transformed into an Inter-Country Quality Node (ICQN). The ICQN-MSE will be led by Kenya’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and will continue to be supported by JICA. It will also involve other key partners such as the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in order to enhance its impact on the development of high level scientific and technological skills in Africa. You will find country studies published by ADEA’s Task Force in ICT. Also featured are the recently launched Common African Position (CAP) on the Post 2015 Development Agenda and AfDB’s Human Capital Development Strategy, two strategy documents which ADEA will have a close look at as it deploys its own activities. You will also notice several news briefs related to girls’ education. There is still some way to go before girls are on an equal footing with boys, as the recent abduction of school girls in Nigeria shows. With this in mind, ADEA wishes all the best to Hendrina Dorova, recently nominated Executive Director of FAWE.
This month’s bulletin puts the spotlight on ADEA’s partnership with the African Union and on ADEA activities focused on Africa’s youth. The Memorandum of Understanding with the African Union Commission (AUC), initially signed in 2008, was renewed on March 24, 2014. Since 2008, ADEA’s collaboration with the AUC has become more extensive, and COMEDAF VI provided the occasion to showcase this partnership, namely through the joint launch of two series of publications, to which the press was invited. Several activities were focused on the youth: - The ICQN-TVSD held a workshop on workforce integration strategies developed by 26 African countries; - ADEA also held a Forum on education for youth skills development in Liberia, where more than 85% of young people are unemployed; - ADEA has also joined the OIF and other partners to create an international platform for French-speaking youth. The lessons learned from these activities will be shared at the Forum on Youth and Employment which will be organized by the ICQN-TVSD in Abidjan in September 2014. Lastly, our congratulations to Mauritius, who is taking charge of early childhood development (ECD) and has just set up a Secretariat for the Inter-Country Quality Node on ECD within its Ministry of Education and Human Resources.
This month’s News Briefs feature a number of activities originating from ADEA’s recognized expertise at country, regional and international level. ADEA is happy to announce the launching of a Peer Review Exercise focused on improving the quality of education in Burkina Faso. Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Education and Literacy called on ADEA’s Working Group on Non-Formal Education (WGNFE) after it learned how the findings of the Peer Reviews conducted by ADEA in Gabon, Mauritius and Nigeria have been helpful to inform the design of their education reforms. ADEA’s Working Groups on Education Management and Policy Support (WGEMPS) and on Mathematics and Science (WGMSE) are providing support to the African Union on several fronts: WGEMPS is actively preparing the AU Outlook reports for the upcoming COMEDAF VI meeting; with InfoDev it is also exploring solutions to enable the direct collection of national statistics and the creation of an African continental database; WGMSE is working with pilot countries to implement the PACTED program in Mathematics and Science. ADEA is also happy to report that its Working Group on Early Childhood Development (WGECD) has been given the responsibility of conducting a High Level consultation on ECD in the Africa region. The results will help design the Post 2015 Development Agenda. Also coming from WGECD: the success met in Angola and Nigeria by Bouba and Zaza, now available in Portuguese, Hausa, Fulani and Yoruba, in addition to French and English! Finally, partnerships are nurtured and strengthened: ADEA and the Africa Society Interest Group (ASIG) presented the Education Research Award in Africa at the 2014 Comparative International Education Society (CIES) conference in Toronto. The ADEA/GESCI partnership is also bearing fruit with another activity as ADEA’s Task Force on ICT and GESCI are working to develop and extend the African Leadership in ICT (ALICT) program in francophone African countries.
We are happy to launch a revamped ADEA News Briefs bulletin, which we hope you will enjoy reading every month. The new design comes with the celebration of ADEA’s 25 years of contribution to education in Africa, which will continue throughout 2014. In addition to the news briefs on ADEA activities, the Bulletin now features a calendar of ADEA activities as well as the latest publications and resources produced by ADEA. Other significant knowledge products related to development and education and training issues and published by ADEA’s members and partners are also highlighted. In this issue, ADEA is pleased to make available to you the report of the Ministerial Forum on the Integration of ICTs in Education and Training, which took place in Tunis last December. Articles and films of the most significant panels, debates and interviews can also be viewed via the Forum’s dedicated webzine and on YouTube. Comments on the News Briefs bulletin are welcome, please help us improve it to make it worthwhile for you!
This is the second edition of the revived ADEA News Briefs. We are happy that the first edition published in November was well received and we thank those who have sent their comments and feedback. We trust that you have also received the ADEA Newsletter, Volume 21, Number 1 (January-March 2014), which summarizes lessons learned from ADEA’s Triennale on “Critical knowledge, skills and qualifications for Africa’s sustainable development” and reports on what ADEA has done since the event to implement the Triennale’s recommendations. With these two revived communication tools – The News Briefs and the ADEA Newsletter – ADEA hopes to achieve the following: - Through ADEA’s News Briefs: Keep abreast its members and partners of ADEA’s ongoing activities and programs. The News briefs will be issued on a monthly basis; - Through The ADEA Newsletter: Report on lessons learned in a domain explored by ADEA. The ADEA Newsletter is a quarterly publication. The next issue (April-June 2014) will focus on the Integration of ICTs in Education; - Strengthen our bond with our members and partners, with the aim of increasing our interaction and collaboration with them; - Arouse interest in ADEA from new actors and stakeholders and ADEA’s interaction with them. The present New Briefs carry news and information on activities and developments within ADEA since November 2013. We encourage our readers to communicate their views and provide us with regular feedback on the issues that feature in the News Briefs and in the ADEA Newsletter.