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Past Activities

The 3rd Ordinary Session of the Specialized Technical Committee on Education, Science and Technology (STC-EST 3) was held at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa from 10 – 13 December 2019. The Ministerial Session was held on 13 December and preceded by the Senior Officials/Experts Session from 10 - 11 December 2019. Among other key issues, the Ministers elected a new Bureau and considered the Experts Report on Education, Science and Technology, from the Commission and Partner Organisations and the Civil Society, and made the recommendations for consideration by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government.

The following Member States attended the meeting: Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sahrawi Republic, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

DECISIONS OF MINISTERS ON EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

The Ministers,

(a) COMMEND the Commission for efforts in Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED) through establishment of the ECED Cluster under the umbrella of the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 16-2025);

(b) CALL FOR a regional study to understand ECED financing models and levels in the region and recommend practical solutions for achieving ECED target as articulated in CESA 16-25 and SDG 4:

(c) REQUEST the Commission in partnership with the coalition of stakeholders in the CESA ECED Cluster to identify and mobilize champions to strengthen advocacy for key priority areas of ECED; and;

(d) SUPPORT the efforts of the Government of Seychelles to establish the Centre for the Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED).

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The Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 16-25) clearly states that Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED) is the pillar for future learning and identifies it as the next frontier if Africa is to realize sustained quality education and training. CESA 16-25 identifies pre-primary education as a neglected sub-sector that deserves special attention. The CESA ECED cluster was therefore established to strengthen this critical sub-sector.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 3-4 2018: The Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA16-25) recognizes that, preprimary education is identified as one of the neglected sub-sector that deserves special attention. CESA 16-25 clearly states that ECED is the pillar for future learning and identifies it as the next frontier if Africa is to realize sustained quality education and training.

The Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 16-25) clearly states that Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED) is the pillar for future learning and identifies it as the next frontier if Africa is to realize sustained quality education and training. CESA 16-25 identifies pre-primary education as a neglected sub-sector that deserves special attention. The CESA ECED cluster was therefore established to strengthen this critical sub-sector.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 25 January 2019: The African Union Commission (AUC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Africa Early Childhood Network (AfECN) which sets out the framework for cooperation in order to ensure closer collaboration and exchange of information between AUC and AfECN, in a manner that creates synergistic relationships and partnerships situating Early Childhood Education and Development within the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 16-25).

Contact Us

AU CESA ECED Cluster Secreteriat

Africa Early Childhood Network (AfECN)

Nairobi, Kenya

Email: info@afecn.org

Phone: +254 (0) 20 388 2433

Webistewww.ecedcluster.africa

The AU CESA ECED Cluster was launched on the 4th Sept 2018 to champion issues of Early Childhood Education and Development in Africa; Coordinated by the Africa Early Childhood Network (AfECN).