September 9, 2014
8:00 am - 1:30 pm
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, Founder and President of Ashesi University, Ghana
Panel 1: Primary and Secondary Education: Where do we go from here to improve educational outcomes?
- Boris Bulayev, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Educate!
- Ken Donkoh, Co-Founder and CEO, Omega Schools
- Dmitri Holtzman, Executive Director, Equal Education Law Centre (EELC)
- Jordyn Wells, Chief Program Officer, Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO)
- Atti Worku, Founder and Executive Director, Seeds of Africa
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
- Lebogang Mokwena, Director of Youth Development Programmes, Vocational and Continuing Education and Training (VCET) Branch, South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
- Senthil Kumar, Programme Manager, Eastern & Western Africa, Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative), UN ICT Task Force (GESCI)
- Philip Kwesiga, Professor, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology, Makerere University
- George Afeti, Executive Secretary, National Inspectorate Board , Ministry of Education, Ghana
- N’Dri Assie Lumumba, Professor of African and Diaspora Education, Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University
- Teboho Moja, Clinical Professor of Higher Education, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
- Meritxell Roca, Academic Program Manager, African School of Economics,Princeton University
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