There is enormous potential across Africa for its youth to bring innovation and prosperity to their communities and countries—but the obstacles they face in attaining the kind of education they need to address the continent’s challenges are also daunting. We’re excited that Teach For All has been able to contribute to recent discussions about growth and progress in Africa with learnings and experiences from the region’s education sector. This fall, representatives of the network have participated in a series of important conversations, where they shared both national and regional perspectives on developing collective leadership to improve education and expand opportunity for children in Africa, and make progress towards realizing Sustainable Development Goal 4 (Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all).
In October, Teach For Ghana’s CEO and founder Daniel Dotse spoke on a panel during the closing plenary of the Global Dialogue 2018 event in London, organized by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Education Development Trust, and the UK’s Department of Education. Alongside 2018 Global Teacher Prize winner Andria Zafirakou and other education sector representatives, Daniel spoke about his own educational journey and the need to invest in local leaders at all levels to make real, sustainable progress towards ensuring that African youth can fulfill their potential. Daniel highlighted the importance of attracting talented, motivated young adults into education, and inspiring them to channel their energy into solving the challenges facing schools and systems across Africa. "If you want to see how your country is going to look in 25 years' time,” he said, “take a look at what's happening in its classrooms now,"—a remark that was echoed by DFID Director General Richard Clarke in his closing speech.
Last month, Teach For Uganda's Co-Founder and CEO James Kassaga Arinaitwe presented the Teach For All network’s approach in Africa during the annual gathering of the Association for Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) in Kigali, Rwanda. At the event, which was attended by more than 15 ministerial delegations from across the continent, Kassaga highlighted the need for leadership development in the education sector throughout Africa, as well as the importance of fostering broader student outcomes in order to ensure the continent’s growing youth population is ready for the economic and societal changes it will face in the future. Following the ADEA event, Kassaga represented Teach For Uganda and the Teach For All network at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers 2018 Forum on December 1 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Teach For Nigeria's CEO and Founder Folawe Omikunle, who was recently named the 2018 Woman of the Year in Education by HER Network, participated alongside Teach For All's CEO and Co-founder, Wendy Kopp, in a roundtable at the High-Level Forum Africa-Europe in Vienna, Austria, on December 18. Wendy discussed the importance of investing in local leadership capacity and the need to reimagine education to ensure Africa’s children have the knowledge, opportunities, and resources to shape a bright future for the continent, while Folawe offered her perspective on how to catalyze the systemic change necessary in Nigeria so that young people have access to the the education and skills they’ll need to navigate and lead the country they’ll inherit. The Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, and the Chairman of the Board of Management for BMW Harald Krüger, gave the roundtable’s opening remarks, and Margarete Schramböck, Austria’s Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs, served as moderator. Additional discussants included Mariya Gabriel, the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society for the European Commission; Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister of Communications for the Republic of Ghana; Ludwig von Bayern, the CEO and Co-founder of Learning Lions and Startup Lions; Michael M. Murungi, Google’s Policy & Government Relations Manager for East Africa; and Aphrodice Mutangana, the General Manager of K-Lab Rwanda.
We’re delighted that our network partners in Africa have been invited to bring their perspectives and experiences to these discussions.
Learn more about Teach For All’s work in Africa.