Posted by: africanpressorganization | 20 November 2009

Fourth ordinary session of the conference of ministers of education of the African Union (COMEDAF IV)





Fourth ordinary session of the conference of ministers of education of the African Union (COMEDAF IV)



NAIROBI, Kenya, November 20, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Theme: “Revitalization of Higher Education in Africa”





WHEN                                    23- 26 November 2009


                                                The Conference will be organized in two phases:

`a) AU Member States’ Expert meeting from

23-24 November 2009


b) AU Ministerial Meeting from

25-26 November 2009


WHERE                                 Mombasa, Kenya, Sarova Whitesands Hotel 


WHO                                      Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST) of the African Union Commission (AUC), hosted by the Government of Kenya 


The African Union Commission organizes the COMEDAF every two years. Under the theme of “Revitalization of Higher Education in Africa” COMEDAF IV is being convened to discuss the progress made in implementation of the Plan of Action for the Second Decade of Education for Africa, to make recommendations regarding the Commission’s education programme and to consider reports on the performance of Member States and related agencies in education. Through COMEDAF, African Ministers responsible for education ensure that continental education programmes are domesticated, due to the emerging local and global opportunities.  





COMEDAF IV will be considering reports in all the seven areas of focus of the Plan of Action, with the following highlights:


Higher Education:

Progress in implementation of the African Quality Rating Mechanism for higher education,

The revised ‘Arusha Convention’ for mutual recognition of degrees and certificates in Africa

The Mwalimu Nyerere African Union Scholarship programme

The Pan African University project.



Education Management Information Systems (EMIS)

Review of progress made in establishing the African Education Observatory; and in developing continental EMIS, linked to regional and
national levels;

Presentation of the first AU Education Outlook report, demonstrating progress made by member states so far in implementing the Plan of Action


Technical and Vocational Education and Training

Report on post conflict pilot project and skills development

Efforts toward partnership building regarding the implementation of the TVET strategy


Participants will include:


Ministers of Education and Experts from the AU Member States, AU Commission, AU Organs, International and Continental Educational Organisations, International Organisations and Agencies and Regional Economic Communities (RECs).    




COMEDAF is the African Union’s statutory body that articulates Africa’s collective vision and priorities in education. Currently, this collective vision is embodied in the Plan of Action for the Second Decade of Education for Africa (2006 – 2015). The Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union declared the Second Decade of Education for Africa in January 2006, and the second ordinary session of COMEDAF launched the Plan of Action for the decade in September of the same year. The Plan of Action consists of seven areas of focus identified by COMEDAF, with a detailed framework drafted by experts from all member states, together with key education agencies including the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), UNESCO, UNICEF and the Association of African Universities (AAU). The areas of focus are Gender and Culture; Education Management Information Systems; Higher Education; Teacher Development; Technical and Vocational Education and Training; Curriculum and Teaching and Learning Materials; Quality.


Journalists are invited to cover the event as per the attached programmes.







Dr. Beatrice Njenga

Head, Education Division

Department of Human Resources Science and Technology (HRST)

African Union Commission

Addis Ababa

Tel. + 251-115517700 Extension 249



Mr. Molalet Tsedeke

Division of Communication and Information (DCI)

African Union Commission

Tel. Off. (+251) 11 551 7700 Ext. 206

Mob: (+251) 911 630 631

E-mail: or


For additional information please consult the African Union website:



African Union Commission (AUC)


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