Gaborone,Botswana; August 2019: The African Union Commission in collaboration over 30 partners organised the second Innovating Education in Africa Expo under the theme "Harnessing the capacity of ICT to ensure Inclusion, Quality and Impact in Education and Training in Africa."
The Expo is in line with GESCI's mandate on working with governments and partners in providing strategic support to develop and implement models of good ICT-based practice for high-quality education and training.
The Expo was officially opened by His Excellency, Vice President of the Republic of Botswana who said that Africa as a whole should remember that " Investment in ICT is not a choice.When the music changes, the dance changes."
Speaking during the second day of the Expo, H.E Prof. Sarah Anyang Agbor, Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology of the African Union Commission (AUC) put emphasis on teacher training, she remarked, "How much do we put in capacity building for teachers?They have the key to the transformation of education we want in Africa."
Dr. Edward Addai, UNICEF Representative to AU and UNECA said that ; "Universal access to internet for children and young people is key to enable us unleash the potential of our young people."
GESCI CEO Jerome Morrissey moderated the session on "Amassing Continental Efforts in Harnessing the Capacity of ICT to ensure Inclusion, Quality and Impact in Education and Training in Africa." In his parting shot he said that there should be a sustainable way to ensuring mentoring and adoption of Education Models by African Ministries of Education and Governments at large.Mr Morrissey was also a member of the jury that interviewed the education innovations showcased at the Expo.
The winning innovation award went to Susannah Farr of South Africa.Anne Wakesho of Kenya came second with Hadithi Hadithi model on reading.
GESCI's Country Project Manager for the African Digital Schools Initiative Esther Mwiyeria presented her paper on "The Professional Teacher in the Digitally-Enabled School Community of the Future."
During the closing ceremony, it was noted that this year, women outperformed men in terms of innovation.Participants were reminded that the future of the African Continent largely depends on the young people and they should be given opportunities to showcase talent and innovation.
For the list of the top 40 innovators, see related file.
For more information on the expo, visit: iea.edu-au.or