State of Education in Africa Conference (Nigeria)

September 2, 2015

9:00 am - 5:30 pm

InterContinental Hotel Lagos
Kofo Abayomi Street - Plot 52, Victoria Island
Lagos

EVENT CATEGORY: AAI Events

Amini Kajunju, President and CEO, The Africa-America Institute (l) moderates panel, "Global Best Practices in Education".

Amini Kajunju, President and CEO, The Africa-America Institute (l) moderates panel, “Global Best Practices in Education”.

AAI 2nd Annual State of Education in Africa Conference Highlights

The Africa-America Institute (AAI) hosted its Second Annual State of Education in Africa conference on September 2 in Lagos, Nigeria. Educators and innovators from Africa and globally gathered to assess the progress of primary, secondary, tertiary, technical and vocational education in Africa.

The conference’s overarching goals were:

  • ƒ To have a solution-driven conversation with policy-makers, educators, administrators, philanthropists and those interested in capacity-building about the challenges and opportunities in education on the African continent.
  • To elevate and mainstream the conversation on education as a key component of the economic development narrative of Africa.
  • To use AAI’s convening power, visibility and thought-leadership to uniquely identify the primary obstacles and practical interventions, which must be implemented to improve the educational landscape in Africa.

 

SOE OutcomesConference Outcomes Report

The full conference outcomes report provides reflections and insights from some of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners in education on thematic, country and sector approaches to expanding education and strengthening the capacity of Africans and educational institutions.

 

Panel 1 –Teacher Training: Equipping new educators with the tools they need for success

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Panelists noted that the governments must prioritize and devote resources to support teacher training and resources.

Moderator: Amini Kajunju, President and CEO, The Africa-America Institute (AAI)

  • Pius Achanga, Head, University Affairs, National Council of Higher Education, Uganda
  • Julius S. Nelson, Jr., Vice President for Student Affairs, University of Liberia
  • Ola David, Head of Innovations, Connect Academia; and Education Advisor, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations
  • Oluyomi Ola-DavidDevelopment Economist & Faculty Member, Department of Economics & Development Studies, Covenant University- Nigeria

>>Lessons/Recommendations/Key Observations

 

Fireside Chat: 

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, Co-founder of Andela 

Fireside Chat

 

 

Andela, which Aboyeji co-founded, is a movement that seeks to build the next generation of African world class technology leaders.
Selected participants are trained to become software developers
and then attain internships in the U.S. and Nigeria.

Aboyeji stressed that there is a need for young people to solve problems through technology. However, in order to find the solution through technology, African countries need skilled talent.

 

>>Lessons/Recommendations/Key Observations

Watch Fireside Chat 

 

Panel 2 – Reforming Science and Technology Education in Africa: Energizing and Unlocking Bright Minds for a Bright Future  

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The panel encouraged education systems to introduce STEM at the primary school level.

Moderator: Brian McGinley, Development and Strategy Officer, The Africa-America Institute (AAI)

  • Dorayi M. AminuStudy Group Coordinator, Institute for Security Studies, Abuja and Visiting Professor, Distance Learning Centre, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  • Marcel Silue, Associate Dean, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), International University of Grand-Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire

>>Lessons/Recommendations/Key Observations

 

Keynote Speaker: 

Dr. Patrick Utomi, Founder/CEO, Centre for Values in Leadership

Dr. Patrick Utomi, Founder/CEO, Centre for Values in Leadership

Dr. Patrick Utomi

Dr. Patrick Utomi envisions a world that is shaped by a “pedagogy of the determined”, where an individual helps to create a world based on creating values and building institutions and web of relations that support continual improvement of the world and community. This new vision seeks to shift the mindset of young people to envision a different world than they are in now, move social order to that vision.

 

>>Lessons/Recommendations/Key Observations

Watch Keynote Address

 

Panel 3 – Spotlight on vocational and technical training and higher education: What is the contribution of the African university in today’s educational climate?

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“The future of Africa lies in a strong education system that prepares its citizens for the job market and development of entrepreneurs.”

Moderator: Innocent Chukwuma, Representative for West Africa, Ford Foundation

  • Olatunde Adekola, Senior Education Specialist, Africa Region, World Bank
  • Olive Branch, Resource Mobilization Manager for Economic Projects Transformational Facility & Adjunct Faculty, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya
  • Ahmed Legrouri, Vice President of Academic Affairs, International University of Grand-Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire
  • Oluwayemisi Fajemidagba, GE Nigeria Learning & Development leader

>>Lessons/Recommendations/Key Observations

 

Panel 4 – Early Childhood Education: Helping the most at-risk succeed

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Panelists spoke about the importance of parental education in shaping a child’s early development.

Moderator: Melissa Howell, Program Officer, Transformational Leadership Program (TLP), The Africa-America Institute

>>Lessons/Recommendations/Key Observations

 

Panel 5 – Global Best Practices in Education

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Offering more educational choices can potentially lead to an improvement in the quality of education.

Moderator: Amini Kajunju, President and CEO, The Africa-America Institute (AAI)

  • Lawalley Cole, Coordinator, Working Group on Communication for Education and Development, Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), African Development Bank
  • Devang Vussonji, Associate Partner and Global Leader, Employment & Education Practice, Dalberg
  • Limbani Nsapato, Regional Coordinator, The Africa Network Campaign on Education for All (ANCEFA), Zambia
  • Ndidi Nwuneli, Founder, LEAP Africa

>>Lessons/Recommendations/Key Observations

 

PitchFest Competition

Samson Abioye, executive director of Pass_NG (c), was the first place winner of the PitchFest competition. Abioye created a mobile app that helps students prepare for Nigeria’s admission examinations.

Samson Abioye, executive director of Pass_NG (c), was the first place winner of the PitchFest competition. Abioye created a mobile app that helps students prepare for Nigeria’s admission examinations.

AAI hosted its first-ever PitchFest competition, where innovators submitted cutting-edge ideas, tools, information and technologies that can help bring about a better educational system in Africa. Conference attendees voted on the most innovative idea. Each finalist received a cash prize for first, second, third and fourth place after votes were tabulated.

Other finalists include:

Title: “A Mobile Library and Outdoor Readers Hub for Children” by Edem Dorothy Ossai. The Mobile
Library and Outdoor Readers Hub seeks to address the lack of school or local libraries for children
(both in-school and out-of-school) living in Nigeria’s poor communities and districts.ƒ

Title: “AfroTalez” by Elizabeth Kperrun-Eremie. “AfroTalez” is a storytelling app for kids aged 2-10, which narrates African folktales while also incorporating basic skills such as counting, object
recognition and more through puzzles and other fun tasks.
Title: “Growing Up Well” by Nneamaka Ugbomah. “Growing Up Well” is multimedia programming
of radio, TV and internet programs that have both entertainment and educational value, with a strong
emphasis on education.

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