18.04.2018 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

PRESS RELEASE: Pan African High Level Conference on Education

(c) Ministry of Education, Kenya

From 25 to 27 April 2018, UNESCO, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education of Kenya and the African Union, is hosting the Pan-African High-Level Conference on Education, to evaluate the status of the Sustainable Development Goal for Education in Africa

Nairobi, 18 April 2018 – UNESCO, in collaboration with the African Union and the Government of Kenya, is convening a Pan Africa High level conference on Education, from 25 to 27 April 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The event will gather Ministers of Education from the 54 African countries, as well as UN agencies, NGOs, and high level representatives in the Education sector of African countries, to further discuss, understand and exchange on how the alignment between SDG4 and the Continental Strategy for Education in Africa (CESA) is influencing current agendas, education legislation, policy, plans, financing and monitoring and information systems, as well as devised mechanisms for consultation, coordination, collaboration and reporting.

Nearly three years after the endorsement of the SDGs, and two years after the adoption of CESA 2016-2025, African countries are at different stages of progress toward integrating/mainstreaming the international and regional targets and commitments into their national education policies, plans and practices. It is therefore important, in the pursuit of SDG4 Education 2030 and CESA 2016-2025, to take stock of the progress made and to identify both the challenges and the opportunities in the further alignment of national education systems in view of ensuring a transformative education for Africa, in a meaningful and significant way.

The three-day conference will feature two days of technical meetings, with panel discussions on education topics, such as inclusive education, digital technologies, girls in STEM, gender equality, and much more. The third day will be devoted to a ministerial meeting, where ministers will seek a common approach on the way forward to ensure an inclusive and quality education for all. They will agree on key recommendations for developing Africa's human and social capital through an education and skills revolution emphasizing science and technology within the context of the implementation of SDG4 and CESA 2016-2025, to contribute to the realization of Agenda 2063 for a prosperous and more equitable Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development.

Venue: Safari Park Hotel

Dates: 25, 26, 27 April 2018

Press conference: 25 April 2018 from 10:00 to 10:30

International Media Press Conference: 27 April 2018 from 17:30 to 18:30

Media Relations

UNESCO: Ms. Gaia Paradiso, g.paradiso(at)unesco.org

Ministry of Education Kenya, Mr. Kennedy Buhere, buhere2003(at)gmail.com

Additional resources

Leading Education 2030

Continental Education Strategy for Africa 2016-2025

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

African Union Agenda 2063

PACE2018: Working Documents

PACE2018: Documents de Travail

Official Hashtags for the Conference:

#PACE2018 #Education2030 #SDG$ #CESA16-25

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