the 2003 Africa Bureau Education Workshop
September 2003 - October 2003
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