The Education Collaborative Virtual Convening of Higher Education Leaders in Africa – June 16, 2020



Changing the Narrative of African Higher Education

A full day virtual convening of seasoned educators and key stakeholders in African higher-ed engaging in discussions to reimagine the future of higher education, to give context to current issues and strategize for continuity after a disruptive world.

Changes fix the past. Transformation creates the future – Tanmay Rova, writer and change management coach

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in unparalleled disruptions as thousands of schools are closed and over eight million higher-ed students are out of school in Africa alone. Yet, in the midst of this, there has been a series of speedy creative and innovative actions unique to the African context, creating a new narrative of education on the continent. Schools, with prior face-to-face instruction, are adapting unusual e-learning technologies, re-training faculty and staff, and restructuring pedagogy to ensure continuity of studies. It’s been clear that in tackling the present disruption, we’ve discovered new strength and disposition to innovate, rethink, and build robust educational systems that will prepare the next generation of African leaders.

The Education Collaborative virtual conference explored context-specific successful university strategies, administration, teaching and learning approaches in this period; obtained insight on ways to capitalize on our innovations to create a “new normal” for institutions in the near future for the transformation of the African continent.


Important Information


Tuesday, June 16th at 10:00 GMT on zoom with a live broadcast on social media

Recorded sessions will be posted on Friday at 13:00 GMT

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From almost all the African countries, the conference attracted over 250 university and college-level executives, administrators, lecturers, course instructors, classroom facilitators, edutech professionals, policymakers, and developmental agencies interested in the transformation of education on the African continent.


Stakeholders Forum

The COVID-19 Test of Ghana’s Educational System: Policy Implications and New Pathways

Though the novel virus has ravaged different sectors of the economy across the world, one area undeniably affected is the educational system. In Ghana specifically, schools from the basic to the tertiary levels, have remained closed for the last two months, with its related challenges. This session assessed the educational system, the lessons we’ve learned, the gaps that have arisen, and the challenges we’ve overcome, and chart new pathways to maximize the almost-disguised-opportunities that this pandemic has opened up for education delivery in Ghana.

Watch the session proceedings below.



Hon. Dr. Osei Yaw Adutwum
Deputy Minister of Education

Prof Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang
Chancellor, African Women University

Dr Nii Moi Thompson
Former Director General, National Development & Planning Commission


Kwesi Sam
Research and Academic Planning Directorate – Association of African Universities (Moderator)

Transitioning online: Contextual realities of the strategic decision to-go or not-to-go online

The COVID-19 pandemic has no doubt brought education leaders to the point of making some of the toughest decisions in their careers. Transition online or not to transition online, and to what extent. In our African-context, that decision is not a simple go-no-go-decision. University leaders, therefore, explored the continent-specific, institution-specific challenges and its future implication of university administration in Africa.

Watch the session proceedings below.



Prof Baylie Damtie Yeshita
VC, Kepler, Rwanda

Yasmin Bucknor Keteku
COO, Ashesi, Ghana

Kader Kaneye
President, A.D.U, Niger

Prof. Charles Barnor
Pro-VC, UPSA, Ghana



Araba Botchway
Director, Admissions & Financial Aid, Ashesi 

Parallel Sessions

Workshop A

What next? Implications of our new normal on teaching and learning in Africa

“COVID19 is widely seen as the unwanted, uninvited enemy of 2020. And for good reason. […] But for just a moment, I invite you to consider how this unwanted enemy may in fact be the best gift Higher Ed could have ever asked for. Many schools will adapt in the short-term and then return to the status quo. But the perceptive and innovative institutions will seize on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and be transformed by it.” – Andrew Allen, 2020

 In this COVID-19 pandemic, higher-ed institutions with prior face-to-face instructional pedagogies have redesigned courses to match with the online teaching and learning. How and what can we carry forward to transform how we teach and learn for the better? This session unpacked the approaches adopted in this period and what it holds for the future of instruction in African higher institutions.

Watch the session proceedings below.



Professor Hayden Noel
Clinical Associate Professor, Illinois Gies College of Business


Workshop B

Integrating immersive learning methods: The future of higher education

Local and regional universities are best suited to solve the pressing needs of learners today, but if they don’t adapt quickly, their value proposition won’t be enough to serve students, and competitors will take their place. This is the best opportunity we’ve had in decades to re-design higher ed. And embedding learning by doing into the academic design is the key to our future as institutions.


Andrew Allen
Director, Magelli Office of Experiential Learning,
Illinois Gies College of Business

Parallel Sessions

Workshop A

Round Table: Re-thinking remote access online for students with disability

As schools adopt remote learning channels during this COVID-19 pandemic, are the needs of students with disabilities being fully considered? What are some of the opportunities that these transitions have presented for the inclusion of students with disabilities, and what are some of the challenges faced in developing institutions’ capabilities to support in this period. What lessons and practicalities does this hold for the future of instruction and administration of higher-ed in Africa? 

Watch the session proceedings below.


Angela Affran
Consultant, Perkins International

Derrick Omari
Founder, Tech Era

Alex Williams
Coordinator, Assistive Technology Unit,
University of Ghana


Dr. Millicent Adjei
Adjunct Lecturer & Director of Diversity and International Programs, Ashesi University (Moderator)


Workshop B

Preparing students for the future world of work during the new normal

A World Bank report indicated that the expeditious change in technology, information, and related developments are creating corresponding changes in the world of work on the continent. The present pandemic has fast-tracked this change with the emergence of new forms of work; with remote working revealing new possibilities for expenditure and resource management. The nature of work post-COVID19 will likely take on a new look that will require new strategies for talent and career development. Educators and stakeholders from industry will join this session to look into this trend and identify new administrative and teaching approaches to adequately prepare students for a changing future of work.



Dr. Esi Ansah
Educator, Founding Partner
and CEO of Axis Human Capital Ltd