State of Education in Africa

AAI-state-of-education-logo-low-resSeptember 2, 2015


InterContinental Hotel Lagos

Lagos, Nigeria


Join us for the 2nd Annual State of Education in Africa conference on September 2, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria. The State of Education in Africa conference will bring together educators and innovators from Africa and the U.S. to track the progress of primary, secondary, tertiary, technical and vocational education in Africa.

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Keynote Speakers:

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

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

  • Pius Achanga, Head, University Affairs, National Council of Higher Education, Uganda
  • Pai ObanyaEmeritus Professor in the Institute of Education, University of Ibadan and former Chairman of the Board, West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Nigeria
  • Emmet Dennis, President, University of Liberia
  • Ola Davis, 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


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

  • Dorayi M. AminuStudy Group Coordinator, Institute for Security Studies, Abuja and Visiting Professor, Distance Learning Centre, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  • Dorothy NyambiExecutive Vice President, African Institute of Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative
  • Marcel Silue, Associate Dean, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), International University of Grand-Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire
  • Eboua N. Wandan, Associate Professor, The National Polytechnic – HB, Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire


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

  • Peter Materu, Sector Manager for Education in West and Central Africa, 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
  • Praveen Mohadeb, Former Executive Director, Tertiary Education Commission of Mauritius
  • Lazarus Angbazo, President and CEO of General Electric (GE) Nigeria


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

  • Adeyemi Adewole, Co-Promoter, Sustainability School, Lagos
  • Williams Emeka Obiozor, Director, International Collaboration & Linkages, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria
  • Julie Ude Ibiam, Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Nigeria – Nsukka
  • Rokhaya Fall Diawara, Early Childhood Development Programme Specialist, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Africa

Panel 5 – Global Best Practices in Education

  • Freida Brown, Vice Chancellor, United States International University Africa (USIU-Africa), Kenya
  • 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

 **Panels are still in formation.

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Check out full coverage from the inaugural State of Education in Africa conference, held on September 9,2014 at the Ford Foundation in New York City. For photo highlights, please click here.


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