Pan-African High-level Conference on Education #PACE

Nairobi, Kenya 25-27 April 2018

UNESCO and the Government of Kenya convened a Pan-African High-level Conference on Education (PACE 2018) in Nairobi from 25-27 April 2018, in collaboration with the African Union as well as other key partners including ADEA  and the SDG4 co-conveners (ILO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNHCR, UN Women and the World Bank).

Building on previous consultations in the Africa Sub- Saharan and Arab States regions and other relevant regional meetings, which endorsed the call for action on SDG-4-Education 2030, PACE 2018 aimed at strengthening the partnerships in education and as such accelerate the implementation of SDG4 and Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 2016-2025) at country level, it focused on the following objectives:  

  1. Took stock of the progress made in aligning national plans policies and systems, including management and monitoring mechanisms with SDG4-Education 2030 and CESA 16-25 targets and commitments to inform further priority actions at country, regional or continental levels.
  2. Exchanged on key issues and innovative practices in the continent for knowledge sharing, peer learning and prioritization in view of accelerating the implementation of the Education 2030 and CESA 16-25 Agendas at country, regional and continental levels.
  3. Reviewed existing mechanisms for coordination and monitoring of the SDG4 and CESA 16-25 agendas at sub-regional and regional level with a view of strengthening synergy and articulation between global, continental and regional education frameworks.
  4. Agreed on key recommendations for developing Africa’s human and social capital through an education and skills revolution emphasizing science and technology within the context of the implementation of SDG4 and CESA 2025 to contribute to the realization of Agenda 2063 vision of a prosperous and more equitable Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development.

PACE 2018 provided an opportunity to share progress, success stories, challenges and lessons learned by Member States on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 4, “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, and provide lifelong learning opportunities for all” in their countries, thus far and to contribute to the ongoing discussions on the 2063 African Union vision The Africa We Want.

PACE 2018 allowed countries to deepen their understanding of some key transversal issues and enabled knowledge and experiences sharing for the advancement of the education agenda.  The Conference was also expected to assist African governments and other stakeholders in ensuring that a transformative and transformed education contributes to the seven aspirations identified in Agenda 2063: a prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development; an integrated continent, politically united, based on the ideals of Pan Africanism and the vision of Africa’s Renaissance; an Africa of good governance, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law; a peaceful and secure Africa; an Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, values and ethics; an Africa whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth, and caring for children; and Africa as a strong, united, resilient and influential global player and partner.

The gathering allowed for Africa to reflect and prepare for two upcoming major global events, the Global Education Meeting (GEM, December 2018) and the High Level Political Forum (HLPF, July 2019) both intended as mechanisms for monitoring progress of the global education agenda. The HLPF are yearly events, reviewing in more detail the progress of specific SDGs. In 2019, under the theme -  Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality - SDG-4 on Education will be reviewed along with SDG 8 (Inclusive economic growth & Decent work), SDG 10 (Inequality reduction), SDG13 (Climate Action) SDG 16  (Peace and Justice) and SDG17 (Partnerships).

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