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Ann Therese
Ndong Jatta

Director for the Bureau of Education in Africa, UNESCO

Ann-Therese Ndong-Jatta was born on 22nd June, 1956 in Banjul the Gambia. She pursued undergraduate studies at Bayero University in Kano Nigeria and graduated in 1981 with a combined honors degree in History and Education. In 1983 she won the AAI Scholarship to pursue a Master’s program in Educational Leadership at the Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee. On her return in 1985 she was appointed as the first female Principal of St Peter’s high school which function she combined with coordinator of Head Teacher Management training program sponsored by the Commonwealth Secretariat.

She pursued two post graduate certificate programs in Policy Analysis and Leaders in Development at Harvard University. She was appointed Director of planning in 1995 and then became the first Chief Education officer and Director of Secondary and tertiary Education respectively. From January 1999-2004, she served as the Minister of Education. Following an exemplary tenure as Minister, she joined UNESCO as Director of Basic Education from 2004. She became Director for the Bureau of Education in Africa in 2008.

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Educational Leadership
Education in Africa