Regional coordination group on SDG4-Education 2030: from commitments to actions
The fifth plenary meeting of the Regional Coordination Group on SDG4-Education 2030 for West and Central Africa (RCG4-WCA) was held on 6 April at UNESCO Regional Office in Dakar. The meeting, which brought together participants representing about ten member organizations, provided an overview of the activities carried out by the plenary group and its task teams since its December retreat and allowed to discuss the future work plan and to make decisions for its implementation.
As usual, the plenary meeting was an opportunity for the different task teams to inform on progress made in their activities. Among the three fully active teams, the one on strengthening education systems is undertaking actions to integrate SDG4-Education 2030 into the Education Sector Plans in the region.The second task team, TALENT, which devotes its efforts to improving the quality of teaching and learning, is moving forward with its project to establish standards of professionalization for teachers. The gender equality and inclusive education task team, for its part, is continuing to develop a mapping of actors in inclusive education and a policy brief on girls’ education in West and Central Africa. Additional task teams on early childhood education and higher education will soon be launched.
The launch of the group’s new internet platform, planned for the month of April, is another development to be noted. This platform will be used to improve the coordination of the different actions of the group, as well as to share experiences and information on education throughout West and Central Africa.
Finally, positive developments in terms of coordination were made in the context of the ADEA Triennale, held in Dakar in March 2017. The organization of a joint RCG4-WCA event on the sidelines of the conference allowed to highlight the links between SDG4 and CESA 16-25 (African Union’s Continental Education Strategy for Africa 2016-2025) and opened the way for closer collaboration with the African Union in support to the implementation of the two agendas, in particular within the framework of the RCG4-WCA.
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