20.07.2017 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Regional Coordination Group on SDG4: monitoring and perspectives

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The sixth plenary group meeting of the Regional Coordination Group on SDG4-Education 2030 for West and Central Africa (RCG4-WCA) took place on 6 July 2017 in Dakar. In addition to exchange on the latest activities, the group discussed its potential expansion in East and Southern Africa, as well as strategies to strengthen its internal and external communications efforts.

In addition to discussing the latest activities, the group discussed its potential expansion in East and Southern Africa as well as strategies to strengthen its internal and external communication efforts.

About ten member organizations, including the Institut de la Francophonie pour l’Education et la Formation (IFEF) that recently joined the Group, attended this meeting.

The three operational task teams shared updates on their major contributions over the last quarter. The Education Systems’ Strengthening task team is developing a guide to support countries in SDG4 integrating into national education planning. Following the review of professional standards for teachers in WCA, upon request of Member States, to bridge the gap between formal and non-formal basic education teachers in the region, the Teaching and Learning task team (TALENT) is organizing a technical validation workshop in Cameroun at the end of July. The Gender Equality and inclusive Education task team has completed a policy brief on girls’ education in WCA and is finalizing plans for its official launch.

Progress was also made with the task team on Higher Education led by the Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l’Enseignement Supérieur (CAMES) that will be officially launched in July. Moreover, AfDB agreed to lead the task team on Technical and Vocational Education and Training.

After a lively discussion on the perceived advantages as well as the possible challenges of an expansion of the group to East and Southern Africa (ESA), RCG4 decided to continue to function within its current scope of WCA. Once a corresponding group has been established in ESA, the RCG4 will return to the discussion of an Africa-wide coordination effort.

Participants were also introduced to the new Education 2030 in Africa web platform, which is expected to increase both internal knowledge sharing and coordination among organization members and external visibility.

The Group will continue its reflection on how to collaborate with the Regional Economic Communities and the African Union, and to strengthen its support to WCA countries. The next plenary group meeting is scheduled for mid-October.




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