The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), October 2001

Sectors : ICT, Primary and basic education, Education, Gender, Health
Organisation : AU
Date made: 
Heads Of State
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Commitments in: Infrastructure - ICT

“107. Objectives
- To double teledensity to two lines per 100 people by 2005, with an adequate level of access for households;

- To lower the cost and improve reliability of service;

- To achieve e-readiness for all countries in Africa;

- To develop and produce a pool of ICT-proficient youth and students from whichAfrica can draw trainee ICT engineers, programmers and software developers;

- To develop local-content software, based especially on Africa’s cultural legacy.

108. Actions
- Work with regional agencies such as the African Telecommunications Union andAfrica Connection to design model policy and legislation for telecommunications reform, and protocols and templates for e-readiness assessments;

- Work with the regional agencies to build regulatory capacity;

- Establish a network of training and research institutions to build high-level manpower;

- Promote and accelerate existing projects to connect schools and youth centres;

- Work with development finance institutions in Africa, multilateral initiatives (G-8 DotForce, UN Task Force) and bilateral donors to establish financial mechanisms for mitigating and reducing sector risks.”


Commitments in: Education - Primary and basic education

“117. Objectives
-To work with donors and multilateral institutions to ensure that the IDG of achieving universal primary education by 2015 is realised;

- To work for improvements in curriculum development, quality improvements and access to ICT;

- To expand access to secondary education and improve its relevance to Africa’s development;

- To promote networks of specialised research and higher education institutions.

118. Actions
- Review current initiatives jointly with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and other major international donors;

- Review levels of expenditure on education by African countries, and lead the process of developing norms and standards for government expenditure on education;

- Set up a task force to accelerate the introduction of ICT in primary schools;

- Set up a task force to review and put forward proposals for the research capacity needed in each region of the continent...

...120. The plan supports the immediate strengthening of the university system across Africa, including the creation of specialised universities where needed, building on available African teaching staff. The need to establish and strengthen institutes of technology is especially emphasised.”