State of Education on Africa Conference

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NOVEMBER 13, 2020

1PM-5:45PM EST

Join us for our next State of Education on Africa Conference (SOE) on November 13, 2020 from 1pm-5:45pm. The 6th Annual SOE will capture the interactive and collaborative spirit of past SOE and will allow our global network to connect with our work safely and conveniently from home.

Under the theme of “Teaching Africa:  a 21st century, anti-racist agenda that promotes equity and achievement in K-12 education”, this year’s conference will explore the urgency, transformative potential, and challenges, of “teaching Africa” as a culturally responsive and high quality, educational approach to nurturing the academic achievement and holistic wellbeing of K-12 students.

Join us to hear from inspiring and thought-provoking keynote remarks and to participate in inspiring sessions meant to engage and connect. The conference will also offer useful and useable information about resources and tools for taking on this critical endeavor of teaching Africa in US schools and lay out a vision of where to go from here to further promote equity and achievement in K-12 education.

About SOE

In 2014, the Africa-America Institute launched the first State of Education in Africa Conference (SOE) to provide a platform for dialogue and debate among key stakeholders in African Higher Education, with the aim of identifying opportunities for collective action towards its transformation. In the five SOEs held in New York City, Lagos, Nairobi, Abidjan and Dakar, the conference has looked at varying topics including Early Childhood Education, Teacher Training, Narratives on Africa and on Afro-descendant women and men and Reforming Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education. For each conference held in an African country, AAI has sought to work with government ministers to host a gathering of thought leaders around topics that are most relevant to pressing and projected issues.

Stay tuned for updates regarding registration and speakers’ announcement.


To promote innovation and solution-driven conversation aimed to build a globally competitive Higher Education system and workforce in Africa

To create a platform that challenges education stakeholders to embolden their visions and transformative ideas towards a new education landscape that promotes equity;

To serve as a catalyst in developing new partnerships and inspiring program innovations that improve equity, relevancy, and the overall impact of education;

To examine the role, identity, history and representation of Africa and its people around the world, through dialogue, education, and research.

We measure the success of the State of Education on Africa conference through our ability to promote solution-driven conversation, serve as a conduit for bold, innovative vision and as a catalyst for cross- sectoral, multi-disciplinary collaborations. This offering, aligned with AAI’s key strategic pillars, presents a unique conference experience.