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Coordinating the 2003 Africa Bureau Education Workshop
Swaziland
September 2003 - October 2003

Africa MapWhen USAID’s Africa Bureau decided it wanted to reflect upon the challenges and successes of education reform in Africa the bureau chose to do so through a workshop to map future strategies for education. The workshop addressed assistance through systemic education reform, enhancement of cross-sectoral programming and partnerships, and facilitating the formation of new partnerships to maximize education reform efforts. The BEPS team was turned to coordinate the workshop which was held September 28 – October 4, 2003.

Three major themes addressed education reform in Africa -- increasing access to learning opportunities; improving the quality of teaching; and improving the availability and quality of learning materials. The workshop brought together professionals representing a range organizations including USAID education colleagues in Washington and field missions; interagency working groups; Education for Development and Democracy Initiative implementing partners; African Ministry partners and community leaders; African and US institutions of higher learning; foundation and private sector representatives; multi-lateral and bi-lateral organizations and other implementing partners.

The Africa Bureau Education Workshop allowed for better understanding of USAID Basic Education and Education for Development and Democracy programming and improved skills by representatives in utilizing shorter-term activities to strengthen sector reform. Participants were informed of and more involved with the African Education Initiative, and developed best practices for programming in teacher training, learning materials, and increasing access to educational opportunities. The workshop created a forum for collaboration and knowledge exchange benefiting the future of African education.

For more information, visit the workshop website click here.

 

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