AU Second Decade of Education for Africa 2006-2015

Sectors : Education capacity, Higher education, Human Rights, Primary and basic education, Gender and social development
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Commitments in: Education - Education capacity

“33. An African Education Observatory will be established as a vehicle for co-ordinating EMIS activities. The Observatory will be managed by the AU Commission. Other responsibilities of the Observatory will be to:
i. Develop and maintain an Internet Portal;

ii. Update and promote the EMIS assessment/diagnostics reports;

iii. Manage documentation (training materials, research reports, ongoing EMIS projects, technical partners, catalogue and agenda of regional and continental CB training, etc);

iv. Develop and update the African indicators database;

v. Promote the network of experiences and expertise; and

vi. Develop and maintain the continental EMIS

vii. Co-ordinate needs assessment and training in EMIS.”


“41. Priority areas for the Second Decade of Education will accordingly address the following:
i) Improved supply and utilisation of teachers;

ii) Enhancing teacher competence;

iii) Institutionalising systematic career-long development of teachers;

iv) Professionalizing and enhancing capacity for school leadership;

v) Improving teacher morale, working conditions and welfare;

vi) Intensifying pedagogical research for continued improvement of teaching and learning”


Commitments in: Education - Higher education

“44. In the Second Decade of Education, focus will be on the following priorities:
i. Promotion of research and original knowledge production in Higher Education;

ii. Promotion, development and assurance of quality in African Higher Education in all its dimensions, including the development and ratification of Regional and Continental Qualification Frameworks (such as the Arusha Convention) to facilitate mobility of students and staff;

iii. Increased involvement of universities in the continent’s development efforts, including the development of the lower levels of education;

iv. Ensuring appropriate levels of funding for the Higher Education sector.

45. To address these issues, a systems approach has to be developed on the following bases:
i) A new social contract between Higher Education in Africa and African states that advances academic freedom with responsibility, institutional autonomy, public accountability, improved access, stakeholder participation and adequate resourcing.;

ii) The development of appropriate policies to address issues of global significance and impact, including cross-border education, and the privatisation of provision.;

ii) Recognition of the need for differentiation, with sub-sectors responding to particular issues and challenges of the country or region.;

iv) Identification and strengthening of networks of Centres of Excellence to enhance the capacity of Africa to contribute to the global pool of knowledge and innovation;

v) Improved contribution of higher institutions to education quality enhancement, particularly teacher education and curriculum and educational materials development;

vi) The promotion of endogenous knowledge production among role players and other stakeholders;

vii) The development of dialogue, networks, cooperation, collaboration and partnerships between African Higher Education and public, civil society and corporate sectors;

viii) The building of partnerships and networks among African institutions and organisations, and with those in the South and North, while recognising the need to harmonise and rationalise the existence and work of such structures;

ix) Improvement of institutional leadership, including management and governance of institutions;

x) The mobilisation of funds for investment in infrastructure, human resources, and teaching/research facilities, including ICTs.”


Commitments in: Education - Primary and basic education

“27. In the Second Decade of Education, every effort will be made to ensure that:
i. Gender and culture are mainstreamed into all the Decade priorities.;

ii. Human rights based perspectives become the foundation for all education policy actions;

iii. The rights of the most vulnerable persons are respected, including girls, persons with disabilities and children affected by HIV and AIDS;

iv. Cultural practices that encourage gender discrimination are eliminated;

v. Education is used as an effective tool for entrenching peace, justice and equity, to empower men and women to participate to their full potential in society;

vi. Education contributes to re-establishing the dignity of Africans, and engendering a pride in positive African values and heritage;

vii. Inter-sectoral approaches to gender and culture in education are developed.

28. Priority areas of intervention for the Decade will therefore deal with the following
i. Promotion of the right environment for the application and enforcement of human rights...”


“28. Priority areas of intervention for the Decade will therefore deal with the following...
...ii Universal access in basic and secondary education and significant reduction in the number of out of school children and youth, with special focus on persons with disabilities, situations of conflict and marginalized groups;

iii. Promotion of cultural industries, along with functional literacy, for the economic empowerment of women and men;

iv. Increasing synergies between culture and education


“28. Priority areas of intervention for the Decade will therefore deal with the following...

...v. Enhancing girls’ and women’s participation in science and technology education at all levels”