Leading and Innovating for Quality Education in Africa

Published May 8, 2018

On Wednesday, May 9, a conference titled “Unlocking the World’s Potential: Leading and Innovating for Quality Education” will be held in Accra under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. It is hosted by the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an initiative of Qatar Foundation in collaboration with Ghana’s Ministry of Education. To accomplish this they have partnered with education-based companies like the Education Outcomes Fund (EOM), Education Above All, and Teach for Ghana. Speakers include the President himself, the Minister of Education in Ghana, Hon. Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, as well as the founders and CEOs of many other organizations. This is the first time that WISE will hold a forum in this region, after hosting similar conferences in Tunis, Beijing, and Madrid.

The main focus of the conference is quality education as well as empowering the next generation. Collaboration is emphasized through the workshops. In particular, C2 is leading a series of workshops, titled “Envisioning the Future of Schools” where the participants are tasked within teams of four with finding solutions to the challenges in education systems today. In addition, all of the workshops are highlighting the importance of shared responsibility, creating multinational partnerships for closer cooperation and finding sustainable solutions that capitalize on the talents within local communities, facilitated by technology. This kind of thinking is necessary, and it is a great opportunity to make positive change.

The focus on shared responsibility and collaboration are key to making improvements to education. It is also important to understand that any approach needs to be dynamic; that is, to shift and change as necessary to ensure the greatest possible impact. Hopefully, there will be some great ideas coming out of this conference that can be tailored as necessary to each country and community. And we are glad to be participating in this conference as our team lead, Charles Omofomwan is already in Accra for the event. More updates t follow as the event unfolds in few hours.

 

 

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Laurel Parr

I am a Canadian teacher who is passionate about learning for all!

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