Thursday, 16th March 2017

08:30 - 10:00

Ministerial Roundtable: Quality Education for all and at all levels


Storyline: What is evident from SDG objective 4 of the 2030 Global Agenda as well as Africa’s Agenda 2063 and CESA 2016-2025, is that quality education should be a core priority in the post-2015 education agenda. It has to be holistic, comprehensive, and context-specific. Growing evidence of poor quality education which contributes to low learning levels and learning deficits has led policy-makers and the international community to a renewed focus on improving the provision of quality education. Speakers are expected to address the following challenges among others: (i) What strategies and policy measures have proved successful in raising the quality of education at different levels of education systems?; (ii) How can key stakeholders – donors, teachers, private sector, etc. – be engaged by governments in their efforts to raise the quality of education?; and (iii) Given the current disconnect between educational qualifications and the needs of the labor market how will governments implement the necessary transformation to make education at all levels relevant to national and labor market needs?

Objective: The objective of this session is to share good practices that have been successful in enhancing quality education in various areas such as  (i) Learning – testing and measuring learning outcomes, (ii) Teacher education and motivation (iii) Learning environment - protection of children from abuse, physical and psychological violence, as well as gender-based violence in the learning environment; (iv) the value-addition of education management; (v) and  endogenous knowledge, national language and African values.

Expected outcome: The expected outcome will be concrete recommendations and clear definition of steps to be taken in order to adopt successful practices and programs by African countries.

Parallel Session - Group A

Moderator: Mr. Birger FREDRIKSEN

Rapporteur: TBD

Keynote Speakers:

  • Mr. Qian TANG, Assistant Director-General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  • H.E. Ms. Michaelle JEAN, General Secretary, International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF)


  • H.E. Ms. Kandia CAMARA, Hon. Minister of National Education and Technical and Vocational

  • Education and Training, Cote d’Ivoire

  • H.E. Mr. Gaston MUSEMENA, Hon. Minister of Primary, Secondary Education and Initiation to New Citizenship, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • H.E. Mrs. Leela Devi DOOKUN-LUCHOOMUN, Hon. Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mauritius

  • H.E. Mr. Luis Jorge Manuel Teodosio Antonio FERRAO, Hon. Minister of Education and Human Development, Mozambique

  • H.E. Ms. Katrina HANSE-HIMARWA, Hon. Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Namibia

  • H.E. Mrs. Angie MOTSHEKGA, Hon. Minister for Basic Education, South Africa

  • Hon. Minister of Education, Liberia

  • Hon. Ministers of Education, South Sudan


Parallel Session - Group B

Moderator: Dr. Abdulaziz Othman ALTWAIJRI, Director-General, Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)

Rapporteur: TBD

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Makhtar DIOP, Vice President, The World Bank, Africa Region
  • Ms. Alice ALBRIGHT, CEO (Secretariat), Global Partnership for Education (GPE)
  • Mr. Boureima Jacques KI, Secretary General, Conférence des ministres de l'Éducation des Etats et gouvernements de la Francophonie (CONFEMEN)


  • H.E. Ms. Janviere NDIRAHISHA, Hon. Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Burundi

  • H.E. Dr. Papias Malimba MUSAFIRI, Hon. Minister of Education, Rwanda

  • Hon. Minister of Education, Morocco (TBC)

  • H.E. Mr. Serigne Mbaye THIAM, Minister of National Education, Senegal

  • H.E. Dr. Alfred MADIGELE, Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology, Botswana

10:00 - 10:15

Health Break


10:15 - 11:30

Plenary Session: Higher Education and STEM


Moderator: Ms. Kimberly KERR, Deputy Director, The MasterCard Foundation

Rapporteur: TBD

Keynote Speakers:

  • Mr. Thierry ZOMAHOUN, President and CEO, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)
  • Professor Aminata DIALLO


  • Professor Etienne Ehouan EHILE, Secretary-General, Association of African Universities (AAU)

  • Mrs. Toziba MASALILA, Acting Director, Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ)

  • Ms. Alice OCHANDA, Program Specialist / Gender in Science, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO): Video Clip on “Unlocking the Potential of Girls – STEM”

11:30 - 13:00

Presentation of reports from 4 parallel sessions


Moderator: Mr. Richard SACK, former Executive Secretary of ADEA

Rapporteurs: TBD

Presenters of reports:

  • Rapporteur: Group A1 - Sub-Theme 1: Implementing Education and Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development
  • Rapporteur: Group A2 - Sub-Theme 1: Implementing Education and Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development
  • Rapporteur: Group B - Sub-Theme 2: Promoting Science, Mathematics and ICT
  • Rapporteur: Group C - Sub-Theme 3: Implementing Education for African Cultural Renaissance and Pan-African Ideals
  • Rapporteur: Group D - Sub-Theme 4: Building Peace and Global Citizenship through Education

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch Break


14:00 - 16:30

Official Opening Ceremony


  • Participants arrive and take their seats
  • Arrival of VIPs
  • Arrival of Hon. Ministers
  • Arrival of Heads of State and Government
  • Arrival of His Excellency, President Macky Sall, Host and President of the Republic of Senegal
  • Cultural Entertainment (songs by school children that resonate with the Triennale theme and objectives): School children accompany and usher in the President and Heads of State as they enter the Hall
  • Welcome Address: H.E. Professor Dr. Ashraf EL SHIHY, Hon. Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Egypt, Chairperson of the African Union STC-EST and Chairperson of ADEA Steering Committee
  • Welcoming of Heads of State and official Opening of the Triennale: H.E. President Macky SALL, President of the Republic of Senegal, Chairperson of the Committee of Ten Champion African Heads of State on Education, Science and Technology
  • Group photograph of Heads of State and Ministers
  • Opening of Exhibitions: H.E. President Macky SALL, President of the Republic of Senegal

16:30 - 17:00

Plenary Session: Triennale Focus and Keynote Address


  • An overview of the key focus of the Triennale theme: Revitalizing education towards the 2030 Global Agenda and Africa’s Agenda 2063

Ms. Oley DIBBA-WADDA, ADEA Executive Secretary

  • Education Financing in Africa: Adopting innovative and effective approaches to achieve the 2063 Africa agenda and the African Development Bank’s High Fives

Dr. Akinwumi Ayodeji ADESINA, President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB)

17:00 - 18:45

Plenary Session: Presidential Roundtable with Heads of State - Financing Education


Storyline: Lack of access to quality education, inequality, shortage of teachers, lack of safe and healthy learning environments, inability to fund school feeding programmes, and ICT integration in education and training are not unrelated to financial constraints at national level. As UNESCO noted, the post-2015 education agenda would require “innovative, increased and well-targeted financing and efficient implementation arrangements. There must be a clear, renewed commitment by governments to provide adequate and equitable financing to educational priorities, and by all donors, established and new, to provide additional support”.  Africa’s population aged 5-14 is projected to increase rapidly between 2015 and 2030. Therefore, to catch up with the other developing regions during the period, African countries would require a level of education investments far beyond that of other regions. The key issues that African Heads of State will be expected to address at this session will include: (i) As the implementation of the Africa Agenda 2063 and CESA (16-25) would require increased education funding, what are the strategies of individual African governments for dealing with the situation?; (ii) Given the decrease in financial support to education by development cooperation agencies because of other competing development needs, would the African Heads of State and Government consider establishing a sustainable continental African Education Fund that will be immune to external shocks and responsive to varying African education needs?

Objective: The objective of this session is to ascertain how African governments intend to deal with the massive education funding required in post-2015.

Expected outcomes: The expected outcomes of this session, therefore, are : (i) strategy for funding quality education and access to education; (ii) African governments’ renewed commitment to increase budgetary allocation to education vis-à-vis other development sectors; (iii) African governments’ commitment to support an African Education Fund given the changing priorities of Development Cooperation partnerships; and (iv) definition of the role and engagement  of the business community (particularly the multi-national corporations) and how governments could support them through tax relief systems.


Moderator: Dr. Makhtar DIOP, Vice President, The World Bank, Africa Region

Rapporteur: TBD


  • African Heads of State and Government
  • H.E. Mrs. Erna SOLBERG, Prime Minister of Norway
  • H.E. Mr. Lee JOONSIK, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Republic of Korea


20:00 - 22:00

Dinner organized by the Government of Senegal