The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and the Ministry of Education in Rwanda signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Kigali the capital, to foster education quality through the launch of the new Inter-Country Quality Node on Teaching and Learning (ICQN-TL) in mid-February.
Established in 1988 as a framework for better coordination among development agencies, ADEA is a pan-African institution built on a genuine partnership between all 54 African Ministries of Education and Training and their technical and external partners. The Minister for Education along with ADEA Executive Secretary, , presided over the launch event titled Speaking at the launch event titled ‘Thought Leaders Symposium on Enabling Teachers, Enabling Youth’ the Rwandan Minister of Education Papias Musafiri Malimba said, "This Memorandum aims at enhancing the quality of education in Rwanda and in the continent, especially in promoting teaching and learning."
For his part, ADEA’s Executive Secretary Oley Dibba-Wadda who presided over the launch ceremony, along with the Rwandan education minister, said, "The hope of the African child, and youth, relies on the hope of a reformed teaching force, a reformed curriculum, a reformed learning assessment method and a reformed skills provision strategy - this is where the work of the Inter-Country Quality Node on Teaching and Learning becomes crucial. And because of this, we are truly grateful to the Government of the Republic of Rwanda, for taking the mantle of leading and hosting this ICQN."
ADEA has six ICQNs led by the following countries and focuses on the following specific theme: Early Childhood Development (ECD) - Mauritius; Literacy and National Languages (LNL) - Burkina Faso; Mathematics and Science Education (MSE) - Kenya; Peace Education (PE) - Kenya; Teaching and Learning (TL) - Rwanda; and Technical and Vocational Skills Development (TVSD) - Côte d'Ivoire.
"We are confident that, with the signing of the MoU between ADEA and the Government of the Republic of Rwanda, the work of the ICQN, which includes supporting teachers' professional development and other areas of learning related to the curriculum, teaching and learning material and measurement of learning outcomes, will benefit the entire continent and contribute greatly to the implementation of the Continental Education Strategy for Africa 2016-2025," Dibba-Wadda concluded.