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Basic Education Exchange (BEE) Workshop
January-September 2002

Africa MapThe BEPS team was sought to help coordinate the Africa Bureau’s Basic Education Exchange Workshop, which brought together representatives from each of USAID ’s education programs throughout Africa, Ministry of Education partners, the USAID/Washington Africa Bureau’s education team, the USAID/Washington Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade Bureau, and other national stakeholders. The forum brought to light the ideas and challenges shaping the future of African education.

The agenda for the five-day workshop was designed in close collaboration with the USAID Africa missions that include education programming in their field activity and was held from September 29 through October 4, 2002 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The workshop program focused on recruiting and retaining a trained teaching force, alternative education delivery strategies, and management and implementation issues. The goals of the workshop were to encourage the sharing of information and experiences across country programs, to expose participants to the education sector, to acquire new skills to more effectively manage and implement programs, to strengthen ties and nourish collaboration between USAID and in-country partners and to continue to hone programmatic approaches.

Highly interactive and participatory sessions provided an opportunity for country teams to work together to address specific challenges while sharing research and tools with colleagues. Participants in the Basic Education Exchange Workshop left with renewed energy, information and tools to pursue their education activities throughout the continent.

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