The African Union (AU)
Continental Education Strategy for Africa
(CESA 16-25)

This is a resource page for the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 16-25).

“In the bid to “create” a new African citizen who will be an effective change agent for the continent’s sustainable development as envisioned by the AU and its 2063 Agenda, the African Union Commission has developed this strategy driven by the desire to set up a “qualitative system of education and training to provide the African continent with efficient human resources adapted to African core values and therefore capable to achieve the vision and ambitions of the African Union. Those responsible for its implementation will be assigned to “reorient Africa’s education and training systems to meet the knowledge, competencies, skills, innovation and creativity required to nurture African core values and promote sustainable development at the national, sub-regional and continental levels.””(Source)

Commonwealth countries in Africa

Africa is the region with largest group of Commonwealth countries. Member countries in the Africa region include:

  • Botswana
  • Cameroon
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Uganda
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Zambia

The African Union

The African continent is a continental organisation established by the government of African countries to rid the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonization and apartheid; to  promote unity and solidarity among African States; to coordinate and intensify  cooperation for development; to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial  integrity of Member States and to promote international cooperation within the  framework of the United Nations.

Read more about the African Union

Within the African Union, the Commission for Human Resources, Science and Technology exists to support the education agenda in Africa. The Commission has as its Mission Statement:

“To contribute towards revitalized, quality, relevant, and harmonized education systems responsive to the needs of Africa, taking into account Africa’s aspiration and capacity in terms of human and material resources; systems that produce Africans with appropriate attitudes, values, knowledge and skills to facilitate attainment of the AU vision; systems that generate applied and new knowledge and contribute towards its harnessing for meeting Africa’s challenges as well as placing Africa firmly within the core of the global knowledge economy.”

Mandates and Core Functions:

  • Development and harmonization of education policies and programs on the continent, towards achievement of the AU vision
  • Spearhead the revitalization of education systems
  • Develop and Manage Continental Education Management Information Systems linked to regional and national levels providing information for local and international users
  • Organize meetings of the relevant Specialized Technical Committee and other political and professional bodies to ensure collective articulation of priorities, ownership and accountability

Policies and Programmes to enhance access to health, education and  employable skills underpinned by investment in services, science, research and innovation implemented by Member States

The Continental Education Strategy takes into account:

CESA_ProcedureThe Common Africa Position (CAP) on the Post 2015 Development Agenda African Union – March 2014

The Common African Position includes Pillar 3: People-centred development which outlines Africa’s position on education.

The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG4)

“Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”

Read more about SDG4 and the proposed SDG4 Indicators.

The UNESCO’s Education 2030 Incheon Declaration and Framework for Action Towards inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all

UNESCO together with UNICEF, the World Bank, UNFPA, UNDP, UN Women and UNHCR organized the World Education Forum 2015 in Incheon, Republic of Korea, from 19 – 22 May 2015, hosted by the Republic of Korea. Over 1,600 participants from 160 countries, including over 120 Ministers, heads and members of delegations, heads of agencies and o cials of multilateral and bilateral organizations, and representatives of civil society, the teaching profession, youth and the private sector, adopted the Incheon Declaration for Education 2030, which sets out a new vision for education for the next fteen years.

Read more about the Incheon Declaration.

Africa’s Agenda 2063 Vision and Priorities

In order to achieve the African Union’s vision of “An Integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena”, significantly more action is still required on a number of fronts.

Read more about the African Union’s Vision and Priorities.

Read more about the Africa Union’s Agenda 2063.

Download the African Union’s Agenda 2063.

The Second Decade of Education for Africa

The Second Decade of Education for Africa was prepared by Africa itself, for the benefit of the entire African continent and its people. The Plan draws on the capacities of existing institutions (such as FAWE, AAU ADEA, ADB), and the valuable work done by UNESCO and its major Jomtien partners.

Download the The Second Decade of Education for Africa.

The Continental TVET Strategy

The strategy takes into account the African Union’s Continental TVET Strategy.

Read more about the African Union’s Continental TVET Strategy.

Read the Continental TVET Strategy.


The African Union’s Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 16-25)

Education_In_AfricaCESA 16-25 is a continental strategy that matches the 2016-2025 framework of the African Union 2063 Agenda, meets the Common African Position (CAP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and draws lessons from previous continental plans and strategies with regard to the role and place of the AUC (AU) which, unlike member states, has no territory for the implementation of strategies in the  eld. Furthermore, it capitalizes on numerous and active players ready to mobilize  nancial, human and technical resources within national, regional and continental coalitions for education, science and technology. Thus, CESA 16-25 seeks to provide each education stakeholder the opportunity to make his or her best contribution to education and training in Africa.

Download the African Union’s Continental Education Strategy (CESA 16-25).

Press release: African Union Heads of State and Government Adopts the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 2016-2025) as the Framework for Transformative Education and Training System

Press release: Planning meeting for Implementation of the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA)

To participate in the process, contact the Commission for Human Resources, Science and Technology.

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