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Celebration of World Teacher Day 2021

 Theme: “Teachers: Leading in Crisis, Reimagining the Future”

 

Sub-Theme: “Revitalizing the Teaching Profession to Ensure Quality and Relevance Amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic”

 

5 October 2021

Registration Link: 

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aDyXcLuvT52vLBoWU_aWnw

                                                                                                                                     

 

1.    Background:

Teachers do one of the most important jobs in society today, and must be recognized with the same degree of respect as other high-profile professions. Teachers can make a difference between success and failure in life; and easily determine the quality of education delivered and acquired. Lack of quality education is a major factor behind many social, political, economic and health challenges faced by the world today; as well as contributing to poverty, prejudice, and conflict. The recognition and celebration of Teacher is critically important to achieving the SDG Goals and especially the AU Agenda 2063 visions of integration, peace, and prosperity.

In commemoration of World Teacher Day 2021, African Union Commission, in collaboration with the CESA Teacher Development Cluster, UNESCO-IICBA, and Education International (EI), have scheduled a panel discussion and dialogue on revitalizing the teaching profession in Africa to ensure quality and relevance amidst the covid-19 pandemic.

 

2.    Purpose of the Webinar:

In brief, the webinar anticipates bringing together education policymakers, educators, practicing teachers and parents to discuss ongoing initiatives related to teacher professional development matters following the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic.

In view of this, the following topical issues will be discussed among other things:

a)    What is happening at the policy-level to support (or to revitalize) the teaching professional in the view of the new social-distancing normal;

b)    How teachers are equipping themselves with skills to use educational technologies to support learning and a shift to hybrid teaching and learning;

c)    The ongoing initiatives to support teachers to conduct classroom-based formative assessment of online learning; and

d)    How parental involvement is shaping the teacher professional development matters given the new normal.

 

3.    Proposed panel composition

-          Two policymakers from two different countries

-          Three practicing teachers (from different countries) – 1 ECE, 1 primary, 1 secondary school teacher

-          One REC representative – preferably from SADC or EAC

 

4.    Proposed time

Duration: 2 hours (11:00-13:00 EAT)

Time

Activity

Responsible

5 minutes

Welcome

IICBA/EI

10 minutes

Opening remarks

AUC

15 minutes

Overview of regional initiatives

All RECs

60 minutes

Panel discussion

1 ECE school teacher

1 Primary school teacher

1 Secondary school teacher

2 MoE officials

15 minutes

Questions and answers

All

15 minutes

Closing remarks and way forward

AUC

 

The Pan African University is an initiative of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union. It is a Premier continental university network whose mission is to provide quality postgraduate education geared towards the achievement of a prosperous, integrated and peaceful Africa. Young, qualified, talented and enterprising applicants from African countries and the African Diaspora are invited to apply to join Masters or PhD degree programmes at any of the following four PAU institutes listed below.
Candidates with potential, motivation and who desire to play transformative leadership roles as academics, professionals, industrialists, innovators and
entrepreneurs are particularly encouraged to apply.

 

For more information on the Call for Scholarship applications for 2021/2022 academic year, please visit this link

[English version available here]

 

Contexte

L’avènement de la Covid-19 a exacerbé les défis des systèmes d’éducation et de formation en Afrique et renforce le besoin de solutions innovantes adaptées au contexte, et pouvant être durablement mises à l’échelle pour répondre au contexte en constante évolution de l’éducation et de la formation. Bien que le déficit éducatif en Afrique soit important, des progrès significatifs ont été réalisés au cours de la dernière décennie. Environ un cinquième des enfants âgés de 6 à 11 ans ne sont pas scolarisés, tandis que pour les enfants âgés de 12 à 14 ans, l’exclusion est d’environ 33 % ; et on estime que 60 % des jeunes âgés de 15 à 17 ans ne sont pas scolarisés, les filles étant plus touchées. L’accès reste donc un défi à différents niveaux.

Le Programme de l’Innovation de l’éducation en Afrique (IEA) a été créé en 2018 par l’Union africaine (UA) dans le but d’identifier, de promouvoir et de soutenir l’adoption et la reproduction systémiques des innovations éducatives dans tous les aspects de l’éducation et de la formation en Afrique. L’événement a présenté 50 innovations éducatives sélectionnées dans toute l’Afrique et a organisé des dialogues politiques avec des décideurs et des parties prenantes du développement pour plaider en faveur de l’intégration de l’innovation dans les systèmes éducatifs en Afrique, et approuver la mise en œuvre du programme continental. En 2019, l’événement a été organisé à une échelle beaucoup plus grande avec le renforcement des partenariats avec les principales organisations de développement de l’éducation à travers l’Afrique, telles que l’UE, GIZ, ADEA, Mastercard Foundation, ONE, GeSCI, UNICEF et Ashoka. En 2020, le Programme s’est déroulé sous la forme d’une série d’activités virtuelles en raison de la pandémie de la Covid-19, avec plus de 300 soumissions reçues de 31 pays africains. Depuis le début du programme, plus de 1 500 parties prenantes de l’éducation ont été engagées, 140 innovations ont été promues et 24 organisations mettant en œuvre des innovations ont été soutenues par des subventions de 423 000 dollars EU.

 

Critères d’éligibilité

Seront acceptées les candidatures des citoyens des États membres de l’UA qui dirigent une organisation répondant aux critères suivants :

  • Avoir mis en œuvre ou pilotage d’une innovation éducative dans un ou plusieurs États membres de l’UA ;

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    L'organisation est légalement enregistrée et est opérationnelle depuis au moins 1 an ;

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    Être directement responsable de la mise en œuvre et de la gestion de l’innovation, c’est-à-dire ne pas agir comme un intermédiaire ;

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    N’avoir jamais bénéficié de subvention dans le cadre du Programme IEA.

 

Procédure de dépôt de soumissions

Les soumissions doivent être déposées en ligne en anglais ou en français à l’adresse www.edu-au.org/submit-innovation, avec les informations suivantes :

  • Brève déclaration du problème que vous essayez de résoudre (100 mots) ;
  • Description de l’innovation, notamment son fonctionnement et l’approche de mise en œuvre (500 mots) ;
  • Justification de la manière dont l’innovation peut être durablement mise à l’échelle, compte tenu des défis prévalant dans le contexte africain (250 mots) ;
  • Indication du nombre de personnes qui ont déjà utilisé l’innovation ;
  • Documentation juridique relative à l’enregistrement et au fonctionnement de l’entreprise ;
  • Démonstration vidéo de l’innovation (facultatif).

Date limite de dépôt des candidatures : 25 juin 2021 à 23 heures (GMT+3). Les demandes de renseignements doivent être envoyées à l’adresse : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Processus d’évaluation et de sélection

Les organisations candidates aux prix IEA 2021 seront soumises à un processus d’examen en quatre étapes :

Étapes

Description

Période

Étape 1

Vérification stricte de l’éligibilité afin de s’assurer que les soumissions répondent aux conditions d’éligibilité décrites dans l’appel à soumissions

26 - 30 juin

Étape 2

Cinquante (50) innovations seront retenues sur la base des critères suivants : impact démontré, modèle de revenus, adaptation au contexte et aux défis africains, importance du besoin auquel elles répondent

1 – 30 juillet

Étape 3

Dix (10) innovations seront présélectionnées par un jury d’experts sur la base de leur faisabilité pour une mise à l’échelle dans le contexte africain, c’est-à-dire le coût, le temps et les exigences techniques, et leur potentiel pour un large impact

2 – 31 août

Étape 4

Trois (3) finalistes seront sélectionnés lors d’un événement de présentation, sur la base de leur capacité à démontrer la valeur supérieure de leur innovation

21 - 22 octobre

 

Avantages pour les candidats retenus

Les candidats retenus bénéficieront d’un ou de plusieurs des avantages suivants :

  • Subventions allant jusqu’à 100 000 dollars EU pour mettre en œuvre des projets pilotes en collaboration avec les États membres de l’UA ;
  • Promotion et publicité de l’innovation auprès des États membres de l’UA et des partenaires de développement, y compris la publication dans le Manuel des innovations éducatives en Afrique 2021 et l’invitation future à participer aux événements et programmes de l’UA ;
  • Certificat de reconnaissance du Commissaire de l’Union africaine pour l’éducation, la science, la technologie et l’innovation.

Consultancy Terms of Reference

 

Facilitation of a Technical Workshop and Community of Practice in Confronting the Data Challenge: Strengthening Our Systems for Innovative Data Usage and Management

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1. Background

Countries in Sub-Saharan African (SSA) are confronted with the formidable challenge of realizing quality, inclusive and equitable education for social transformation and development. This vision is anchored in several frameworks and vision statements, including the SDG 4 – Education 2030 Framework for Action[1] and the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA) 2016–2025[2], as well as other global, regional and national frameworks.

The Knowledge and Information Exchange (KIX) Hub has been established through the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and with funding from IDRC to collect, generate, exchange and facilitate effective use of data, knowledge and innovation for education policy formulation and implementation among 19 African countries in East, West and South Africa in six thematic areas. These will include (i) strengthening learning assessment systems, (ii) improving teaching and learning, (iii) strengthening early childhood care and education, (iv) achieving gender equality in and through education, (v) leaving no one behind, and (vi) meeting the data challenge in education.


The specific objectives of the regional KIX Africa 19 Hub are to:

  • Establish and manage the regional KIX Africa 19 Hub with an emphasis on GPE member state engagement, continuous learning and adaptive management;
  • Synthesize knowledge and set regional knowledge and innovation agendas for education policy formulation and implementation in support of realising quality, inclusive and equitable education through incorporation of gender responsive approaches; and
  • Support knowledge sharing and mobilization along cross cutting themes and innovation agendas throughout the project cycle in order to facilitate monitoring and sharing of good practices across the member states.

The KIX Africa 19 Hub is expected to provide a timely opportunity to catalyse the provision of quality education through facilitating evidence-based developments in policy and practice, fostering equitable partnerships and through identifying and contextualizing evidence in education agendas unique to the region

 

2. Purpose of the Assignment

In view of strengthening the Ministry of Education systems for innovative data usage and management, a technical workshop and community of practice learning series will be held for Ministry of Education EMIS officials, Regional data and assessment experts, Policy actors, and thought leaders to share their expertise, experiences, challenges, and innovations in data systems and EMIS in order to improve their learning of the domain and extract policy ideas to be adopted.

 

3. Specific Objectives for the technical workshop and community of practice learning series

The learning series, more specifically, intend to achieve the following objectives:

  • To initiate and sustain a community network of practice, learning, and research made up of stakeholders from member states who are collectively strengthening their capacities to address the challenge of data in their contexts;
  • To grow institutional capacity to devise and implement policies for the mainstreaming and management of data in education;
  • To generate and exchange regional knowledge, data, evidence, and practices, with an emphasis on new learning;

 

 4. Target group for the technical workshop and community of practice learning series

The Institutions to participate in this meeting will include representatives from the Ministry of Education EMIS officials, Regional data and assessment experts, Policy actors, and thought leaders from the countries of the KIX Africa 19 Hub.

 

5. Scope of Work

A consulting firm or consultant sought to facilitate this workshop will work in collaboration with the African Union Commission and KIX Africa19 Hub secretariat to undertake the following tasks:

 

Task 1: Lead the preparation and moderation of an online technical workshop and community of practice learning series to take place in the month of May 2021. Specific tasks will include;

  • Undertake a quick document review of the key concepts, best practices, data challenges, evidence, and practices on Education Management Information system with an emphasis of identifying learning opportunities and innovative practices;
  • Develop a clear program and training guide for the online technical workshop and community of practice learning series which will focus on the following thematic areas and sessions;
    • Session 1, May 11th: Developing national EMIS and learning assessment systems
    • Session 2, May 18th: Applying national, regional and international learning assessment data in EMIS and school reforms
    • Session 3, May 25th: Developing and implementing appropriate feedback mechanisms for schools following data analysis and EMIS reporting requirements

 

Task 2: Ensure that participants analyze national level good practices, available tools, and relevant research in the thematic areas for purposes of developing clear action plans

  • Administer a self- assessment tool or self-diagnostic process in order to identify areas for strengthening evidence based national EMIS and learning assessment systems;
  • Guide participants into the development of innovative strategies to address gaps in developing and implementing national EMIS and learning assessment systems
  • Facilitate Knowledge Sharing, networking and learning exchange among countries using collaborative tools for networking;
  • Guide participants into developing clear action plans and innovative strategies to accelerate education progress for Innovative Data Usage and Management at the national and school level;
  • Document and prepare a workshop report

 

6. Expected deliverables at the end of the assignment

The following validated deliverables will be expected:

  • Capacities enhanced to devise and implement policies for the mainstreaming and management of data in education;
  • A community network of practice, learning, and research established with stakeholders to collectively strengthening their capacities to address the challenge of data in their contexts;
  • Entry points and opportunities identified for developing clear action plans and innovative strategies to accelerate education progress for Innovative Data Usage and Management at the national and school level; and
  • A Workshop report with a clear road map for taking forward the key lessons learnt.

 

7. Time frame

The training workshop and community of practice learning series will be undertaken in 3 working days. The whole assignment will however commence on 10th May 2021 and ending 26th May 2021. The consultant/consulting agency will be hired during this period and the schedule below sets out the expected deliverables and indicative dates;

Task

Key deliverable submitted for approval 

Indicative days

Development of an inception report for the assignment

Inception report development

2 days

Workshop Advance preparation

To prepare for the workshop 

5 days

Hold the technical workshop 

Facilitating the following sessions;

Session 1, May 11th: Developing national EMIS and learning assessment systems

Session 2, May 18th: Applying national, regional and international learning assessment data in EMIS and school reforms

Session 3, May 25th: Developing and implementing appropriate feedback mechanisms for schools following data analysis and EMIS reporting requirements

3 days

Prepare and submit a workshop report

A Workshop report with a clear road map for taking forward the key lessons learnt.

2 days

 

Total Number of Workings Days

12 days

 

8. Key technical skills

The Consultancy Firm should have candidates is expected with the following qualifications and skills;

  • Advanced academic degree in a related field (preferably education, Statics, Mathematics, Education development, Education Planning).
  • Extensive professional knowledge and at least 10 years’ experience in the field of establishing and designing EMIS systems will be an added advantage.
  • Demonstrated experience in regional review of evidence, literature reviews, stakeholder consultations, analysis and synthesis of findings; excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Prior experience with UN Education programs, the KIX Hubs, as well as the African Union Agenda 2063 and CESA 2016-2025 and global educational agenda including would be an asset.

 

9. Procedures and deadline for submitting concept papers and institutional Profiles

Those wishing to be considered for this consultancy should submit their concept papers, Institutional profiles and CVs This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to and copy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . All documents should have been submitted by 30th April 2021.

 

[1] UNESCO is the only United Nations agency with a mandate to cover all aspects of education. It has been entrusted to lead the Global Education 2030 Agenda through Sustainable Development Goal 4. The roadmap to achieve this is the Education 2030 Framework for Action. http://uis.unesco.org/sites/default/files/documents/education-2030-incheon-framework-for-action-implementation-of-sdg4-2016-en_2.pdf

[2] http://www.education2030-africa.org/images/systeme_edu/docs/Final_Indicators_Manual.compressed.pdf