May 5-9, 2008
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The 2008 Biennale on Education in Africa
Maputo, Mozambique, May 5-9, 2008)

Side Meetings : Tuesday 6 May, 2008

"Beyond Primary Education: Challenges and Approaches to Expanding Learning Opportunities in Africa "

Tuesday 6 May, 2008

7:30 - 8:45 Venue to be announced : African Development Bank and UNESCO - Kigali Call for Action: an expanded vision for basic education

Since Jomtien (1990) and after Dakar's Forum on EFA (2000) most of the stakeholders have invested mainly in primary education, and carried out reforms in lower and upper secondary levels without looking at education as a system in a holistic manner. Introducing a basic education of a minimum of 9 years, that is holistic, inclusive, coherent and seamless, and giving priority to the preparation of clear policies and national plans towards its implementation is considered urgent for the achievement of EFA goals and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The expanded basic education will provide the knowledge base and competencies to the learners to improve their lives and facilitate their entry into the world of work, prepare them through skills training to contribute to social and economic development of their country and/or continue to further studies.

18:00 - 19:00 Venue to be announced : ADEA Working Groups on Education Statistics - NESIS Eye
In this side-meeting the ADEA Working Groups on Education Statistics will present the National Education Statistical Information Systems (NESIS) Eye. NESIS Eye is a new software package that allows users to view, modify and graph country data for African countries. A concerted effort will be made to present datasets on post-primary education.