AU Second Decade of Education for Africa 2006-2015

Sectors : Higher education
Organisation : AU
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“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.”