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Welcome to the web site of the 2006 ADEA Biennale on Education in Africa

The ADEA's Biennale on Education in Africa will be held in March 27- 31, 2006 in Libreville, Gabon, at the Palais International des Conférences.

Theme: Characteristics, Conditions and Factors underlying Effective Schools and Literacy and Early Childhood Development Programs

ADEA's Biennial Meetings are the high point of the activities and life of the Association. The main objective of the meetings is to encourage and sustain frank and open discussions between African ministers of education, development agencies, and other education professionals. These discussions are vital for ADEA as they help to guide the association's future actions, dialogue being one of the keys towards sowing the seeds for better understanding and progress.

The 2006 Biennale of Education will be held in Libreville, Gabon, March 27-31, 2006. The venue will be Libreville's Palais International des Conférences.

The 2006 Biennial Meeting will build on lessons learned during the previous Biennale as it will continue to explore how African education systems can improve the quality of education. More specifically participants will investigate the characteristics, conditions and factors underlying effective schools and literacy and early childhood development programs.

The themes of the last seven biennials were as follows :

1991Textbook provision and library development in Africa Manchester, United Kingdom
1993Improving the Implementation of Education Projects in Africa through Ownership Angers, France
1995Formulating Educational Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa Tours, France
1997Partnerships for Capacity Building and Quality Improvements in Education in Africa Dakar, Senegal
1999What works and Whats new in Education : Africa Speaks! Johannesburg, South Africa
2001Reaching Out, Reaching All--Sustaining Effective Policy and Practice for Education in Africa Arusha, Tanzania
2003The Quest for Quality: Learning from the African Experience Grand Baie, Mauritius

As with previous Biennial Meetings, the event will be attended by a large number of stakeholders involved in the development of education in Africa: African Ministers of Education and senior officials ; senior representatives from bilateral and multilateral cooperation and development agencies; regional and sub-regional organizations; NGOS and civil society organizations (CSOs) ; and, education researchers and professionals.

About 375 people are expected to attend the meeting. The Biennale is organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Gabon and the government of Gabon, which has graciously offered to host the Biennale of Education in Libreville.