ADEA 2012 Triennale: Education and training for sustainable development

Today is the time for Africa to rise and shine. As Ministers of Education, Science and Technology, we have a duty to lead this process so that this dream comes true.

- Sam Ongeri, Kenyan Minister of Education and Chair of the ADEA Bureau of Ministers

(March 2012) Representatives of African governments and leaders in the fields of education and development gathered in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 13-17 February for the 2012 Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) Triennial Conference. The theme for the event was “Promoting critical knowledge, skills and qualifications for sustainable development in Africa: How to design and implement an effective response by education and training systems.” The conference opened with an address from H.E. Blaise Compaoré, President of Burkina Faso.

According to conference organizers, the aim of the gathering was, “to promote critical knowledge, skills and qualifications that can meet the challenge of the sustainable development of Africa and, in that context, to rally all political, economic and social leaders around the need to design and build effective, relevant education and training systems.” A strong emphasis was placed on follow-up and implementation.

African leaders, SIL representatives, SIL speaker
Above from left: Heads of State and Ministers of Education from many African nations in attendance (photo used by permission of ADEA); advocacy and international relations staff represent SIL; Béatrice Konfé addresses conference participants.

SIL representatives attended the conference and presented research. Béatrice Konfé, National Literacy Coordinator for Association Nationale pour la Traduction de la Bible et l’Alphabétisation (ANTBA), one of SIL’s national partners, presented a brief summary of a research project conducted by PRAESARTI InternationalSave the Children and SIL entitled “Early grade literacy in African classrooms: Lessons learned and future direction.”

Around the world, SIL supports ethnolinguistic minority communities in their efforts to build capacity for the sustainable development of their own languages. SIL has been cooperating with government agencies, educational institutions, NGOs and local communities in Africa since 1962.

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