Education stakeholders across the West African sub region will in October converge on Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital City for the inaugural edition of the West Africa Education Conference.
The event, schedule to hold On October 8-12, 2018 would be the first time West African countries will be coming together under one roof to discuss common issues as they affect the standard of education within the sub region.
The confab to be hosted by the Nigerian Academy of Education (NAE) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education will provide member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) the opportunity to deliberate on common educational issues like access to education, funding of the sector, teacher shortages, infrastructural problems, education of displaced children among others with the view to proffering solutions.
Prof Elizabeth Eke, president of Nigerian Academy of Education, who gave details on the conference, said it will be the first time the academy has ventured to organise a regional conference.
“The region has common issues, albeit in varying degrees, like access, funding, teacher shortages, infrastructural problems and education of displaced children. Also, greater mobility of labour had been envisaged; unplanned rural urban migration and slow improvement in girls’ education are still matters of concern.
“But we know little of how our neighbours are handling these issues. Are there mutually beneficial practices and strategies to learn? These constituted the backdrop for conceiving the West Africa Education Conference,” Prof Eke said.
Some of the discussions at the conference will focus on curriculum, certification, inclusive education, cross-border and Open Distance Learning (ODL), Culture and Economy as levers for regional integration.
The high profile meeting is to be attended by Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari who is the chairman of ECOWAS. The Keynote address will be delivered by the United Nations under secretary for West Africa, Muhammad Ibn Chambas, while Nigeria’s Education minister, Mallam Adamu Adamu and the NAE president are hosts.
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