African Union and Partners Agree to deliver an Impactful Second Edition of the Innovating Education in Africa Expo (IEA 2019)

March 07, 2019

African Union and Partners Agree to deliver an Impactful Second Edition of the Innovating Education in Africa Expo (IEA 2019)

Addis Ababa, March 07 2019: The HRST Department under the African Union Commission with Partners held first Planning Committee aimed to discuss preparations for the Innovating Education in Africa Expo 2019 which will be hosted by the Government of the Republic of Botswana from 20 to 22 August 2019.

The meeting provided the avenue to discuss and agree on the roadmap for the organisation of the Expo, and for partners to determine how they will participate in the process. The following organisations participated in the meeting: UNICEF, European Union, GIZ, ADEA, WFP, Save the Children, ONE Campaign, Global Partnership for Education, Millenium@EDU, Plan International, Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa CEMASTEA and AfriLabs.

Dr. Yohannes Woldetensae, Senior Education Expert presented the opening remarks on behalf of Dr. Beatrice Khamati Njenga, Head of Education Division of the African Union Commission. He conveyed the Commission's appreciation to Partners including: GIZ, ONE Campaign, Ford Foundation, ADEA, Plan International, USAID, UNESCO, Ashoka, UNESCO-IICBA, FAWE and Save the Children for supporting the successful first edition of the Innovating Education in Africa Expo and stated that the African Union Commission intends to deliver a more successful event this year.

Innovators selected in 2018 have been connected through the Africa Education Innovations Platform for purposes of experience sharing and best innovations are been linked with relevant partners for mentorship to support upscaling and replication. The Innovations havae also been documented in the Africa Education Innovations Handbook which has been shared with AU Members States, Regional Economic Communities and Organisations.

Based on lessons learnt in IEA 2018, the focus areas have been narrowed to innovations to ICT in education. This will make it easier to select and judge winners scientifically. The Call for Submissions has been published on 19 February 2019, and so far 88 applications have been received.

He emphasised the need for Africa to identify its good examples in education and make them available for replication and further development in order to achieve universal access, optimal quality and relevance, and the desired impact of our education systems.

Partners commended the African Union Commission for adopting an inclusive approach towards the organisation of IEA 2019 and provided important sugestions for the organisation of a more successful event and outomes.

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Mrs. Wynne Musabayana | Head of Communication | African Union Commission I E-mail:
Mr.Stephen Kwaku Darko| Information and Communications Officer, Directorate of Information and Communication, African Union Commission | Tel: +251(0) 953406832 | E-mail:
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Directorate of Information and Communication | African Union Commission I E-mail: I Web Site: I Addis Ababa | Ethiopia

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