AU education plan laments lack of data


AU education plan laments lack of data

The AU’s Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 2016-2025), adopted in Addis Ababa on 31 January 2016, aims to set up a “qualitative system of education and training to provide the African continent with efficient human resources adapted to African core values and therefore capable to achieve the vision and ambitions of the African Union.” In order to do so, CESA has set twelve strategic objectives, including to “improve management of education system[s] as well build and enhance capacity for data collection, management, analysis, communication, and use”.

CESA acknowledges several difficulties in attaining the strategic objectives, given the current state of African education. While 79% of Africans attend school at primary level, only 50% attend at secondary level, and only 7% make it to a tertiary institution. At all levels completion rates are relatively low. At the same time, enrolments are increasing, masking “huge disparities and system dysfunctionalities and inefficiencies across sub-sectors”. One of the biggest stumbling blocks facing policy-makers is the availability of up-to-date data that accurately represents the situations in each of the sub-sectors across the African continent.

The work of research centres such as the Centre for Higher Education Transformation (CHET) is crucial for the realization of CESA 16-25's strategic objectives. CHET's HERANA project has focused on the relationship between education and development in Africa, policy-making, and the institutionalization of data collection and analysis. All of the data collected during each phase of the project is freely available on the CHET website.

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