As part of the events surrounding the 2019 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City last week, the CEOs of three Teach For All network partners in Africa participated in the panel discussion “Local Leadership: Investing in Africa’s Next Generation,” hosted by Credit Suisse. Moderated by Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor for the Financial Times, and featuring Daniel Dotse, CEO and Co-founder of Teach For Ghana, Folawe Omikunle, CEO of Teach For Nigeria, and James Kassaga Arinaitwe, CEO and Co-founder Teach For Uganda, the conversation focused on the challenges and opportunities facing education across Africa, and the importance of investing in the next generation of local changemakers to ensure a quality education for all children and achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
While Africa has the youngest population in the world, across Sub-Saharan Africa, 97 million children are not in school and 202 million aren’t receiving a basic education. The continent’s population is set to double over the next 30 years, making it the world’s most populous region. During the panel discussion, the three network CEOs explained why investing in local leadership—as opposed to short-term solutions—is critical to addressing the underlying challenges that are holding millions of children across the continent back, and necessary for meeting the SDGs and ensuring a better future for us all.
Watch highlights from the panel above, and view a video of the complete panel here.
Learn more about the work of Teach For All’s partners in Africa in a video introduced by Teach For All Global Ambassador and award-winning performing artist, John Legend.
Credit Suisse has been a foundational partner of the Teach For All global network since 2009. Learn more about this partnership.