Building a Resilient Innovative Africa in a COVID-19 world

From a policy level, Ngwenya explains how the Innovating Education in Africa (IEA) initiative, which is integral to the AU’s Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 16-25), advocates education innovation and calls for collaboration and adaptation by member states, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and partner agencies. The IEA helps to identify innovative approaches that can be supported, upscaled, replicated or further developed across the continent.

Prudence Nonkululeko Ngwenya Head of the Division of Human Resource and Youth Development at the African Union Commission (AUC) “There is a struggle inAfrica for educational policies that reflect the demands of the 21st century workplace. Appropriate platforms, frameworks, programs, and policies must work concurrently and cohesively to address this challenge. Innovative financing options are required so that education and training is accessible to all Africans. Every resource: indigenous, endogenous, international, new, and emerging technologies must be maximized to enhance the quality of education and learning outcomes on the continent. Education should remain relevant in the face of rapid societal changes towhich it needs to adapt. COVID-19 has accelerated the need for African stakeholders to deploy education systems that enhance productivity, efficiency, and employability.”


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