Organiser: UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO)
Topic: Planning for Education and Higher Education
Title: Planning for the future of education and training in Africa with IIEP-UNESCO: priorities for the continent and book launch on planning for higher education
Date: Wednesday, 19th October 2022
Time: 08:30 AM – 10:00 AM Mauritius time (GMT+4)
Venue: Le Méridien Île Maurice
IIEP’s new approach and priorities to support African countries in their strategic planning: African educational systems face the most severe challenges of any region in the world, leading to the poorest outcomes in learning achievements, inclusion, and equity. However, innovative approaches to educational planning and management for improved learning can advance gains in African educational systems and strengthen the education-to-work transition for African youth. To advance these approaches, a new case for investment in African education and training systems, finalized in October 2022, reaffirms IIEP's commitment to Africa, and presents the Institute's approach and priorities for capacity development to strengthen planning, management, and the implementation of education programmes for improved learning outcomes and skills development across the continent.
Book Launch – SDG 4: Planning for Flexible Learning Pathways in Higher Education: The expansion and diversification of higher education has led in many countries to highly fragmented higher education (HE) systems, which are difficult to navigate for learners. In addition, today there are more diverse learners, such as first-generation students, adult learners, and returnees to higher education, who require greater flexibility in access to and progression through HE, and preparation for the labour market. In 2018, the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO) launched an international research project on 'SDG 4: Planning for Flexible Learning Pathways in Higher Education'. The study aims to collect knowledge on both appropriate policies and good practices for the design and implementation of flexible learning pathways in higher education. This session will present research findings in terms of policy options, good practices, and recommendations on how to move policy to practice.
- To disseminate information and engage with the audience on IIEP’s approach and priorities to support African countries in developing their capacities in educational planning and management.
- To present the research findings from IIEP’s research on flexible learning pathways in higher education, including on national policies in higher education in South Africa and Morocco.
Expected outcome: Greater awareness on innovative approaches to develop capacities in educational planning and management in African ministries of education, and better understanding on how to move flexible learning pathways in higher education from policy to practice.
- Presentation of IIEP’s case for investment
- Presentation of findings from the IIEP research on flexible learning pathways in higher education
- 3 user perspectives: national policymakers and a funder’s perspective
- Q&A with the audience
- Formal book launch
Moderator: Dr Jordan Naidoo, Ag. Director, UNESCO International Institute for Education Planning (IIEP)
Rapporteur: Nicola Tissi, TVET Expert, UNESCO-IIEP
- Mr. Koffi Segniagbeto, Director, IIEP-UNESCO Dakar Office
- Dr. Michaela Martin, IIEP Assistant Director/Executive Officer a.i.
- Prof. Kiran Bhujun, Director, Tertiary Education, Mauritius
- Dr. Nina Arnhold, Global Lead - Tertiary Education & Lead Education Specialist - Education, World Bank (virtual)