Annual State of Education in Africa Conference

September 9, 2014

8:00 am - 1:30 pm

Ford Foundation
320 East 43rd Street
New York New York 10017

EVENT CATEGORY: AAI State of Education in Africa

AAI-state-of-education-logo-low-res AAI held its inaugural Annual State of Education in Africa conference on September 9, 2014 in New York City.

Hosted at the Ford Foundation, the State of Education in Africa conference brought together more than 120 educators and innovators from Africa and the U.S. to track the progress of primary, secondary, tertiary, technical and vocational education in Africa. The conference also explorde thematic, country and sector approaches to strengthening the capacity of Africans and educational institutions.


Patrick_Awuah SOEKeynote Address        

Patrick Awuah, Founder and President of Ashesi University, Ghana



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Panel 1: Primary and Secondary Education: Where do we go from here to improve educational outcomes?

Moderator:    Liz Berry Gips, Executive Chair, African Leadership Foundation





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Fireside Chat: “Emerging Issues and Opportunities in the Education Pipeline in Africa”

Tade Akin Aina, Program Director, Higher Education and Libraries in Africa, Carnegie Corporation of New York




Panel 2: Vocational and Technical Education Programs as a Pathway to Success

Moderator:    Amini Kajunju, President & CEO, The Africa-America Institute




ThomasAsher Headshot-thumbnailPanel 3: Creating a 21st Century Educational Experience in Africa: Looking beyond enrollment numbers to coursework and methodologies to find solutions for today’s educators

Moderator:    Dr. Thomas Asher, Program Director, Academia in the Public Sphere and Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Programs, Social Science Research Council (SSRC)



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George Harris, CEO of Royal Bafokeng Institute in South Africa

Presentation of Papers

“Primary and Secondary Education: Where Do We Go From Here to Improve Educational Outcomes?” submitted by George Harris, CEO of Royal Bafokeng Institute in South Africa





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