In 2022, The Education Collaborative continued to make significant strides toward its mission of transforming educational outcomes for students across Africa. For the first time since 2019, The Collaborative held its first in-person Annual Convening, welcoming some 190 participants from over 20 countries. The Collaborative additionally ramped up its work within the regional hubs, holding the first Eastern regional hub convening in Rwanda, the first francophone Convening in Niger, and formalizing engagements with institutions in West Africa, while strengthening its focus on key transformational areas and programs through the communities of practice and various speaker series. Here’s a look back at the stories that shaped the year:

2022 Annual Convening: celebrating togetherness and highlighting capacity-building among higher education institutions 

The Education Collaborative held its first in-person Convening since 2019, bringing together over 190 participants from 23 countries and over 60 educational institutions. Also, drawing from the virtual convenings held during the pandemic, The Education Collaborative adopted a hybrid format for the 2022 Annual Convening, welcoming some 200 online participants.  
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Inaugural East Africa Convening champions entrepreneurship and graduate employability

76 higher education executives, administrators, and regulators from across East Africa participated in The Education Collaborative’s inaugural East Africa hub convening, engaging one another on improving educational outcomes and scaling quality within the region. 

Against the backdrop of Africa’s growing population (70% of whom are under 30), expected to double to 2.5 billion people by 2050, The Education Collaborative’s focus is to collaborate with institutions across the continent to train over 1.1 million young Africans over the next decade to become ethical and entrepreneurial leaders. Read More

Inaugural Francophone Convening welcomes 16 institutions across the Sahel region and Francophone Africa.

The Education Convening held its maiden Francophone Convening from the 28th to 29th of June in Niamey, Niger, welcoming 49 participants from 16 institutions across six countries within Africa’s Sahel Africa region. 

The first of its kind, the francophone convening was hosted by the African Development University (ADU), a long-standing partner of The Education Collaborative and beneficiary of The Education Collaborative’s mentorship program. 
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The West Africa hub begins to shape up through formalised institutional engagements

In continuing to scale impact across the continent through regional hubs, The Education Collaborative engaged higher educational institutions across the West African region. Through a series of meetings, The Collaborative created opportunities for leaders to connect with one another while providing avenues for engagement on various levels. The Education Collaborative team also paid visits to Babcock University, Pan-Atlantic University, Bamidele Olumilua University of Education, Science & Technology, Bolgatanga Technical University and African Development University in Nigeria, Ghana and Niger to deepen institutional engagement and formally interact with leadership.

Ashesi President highlights Education Collaborative’s role in scaling quality education in Africa.

At the first public previewing of Ashesi’s strategic plan for its third decade, Ashesi President, Dr. Patrick Awuah, underscored The Education Collaborative’s role in strengthening African higher education through collaboration with other institutions across the continent and a range of initiatives over the next ten years. Below is an edited transcript of his remarks. 
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In a milestone ceremony, African Development University celebrates mentorship with Ashesi University.

During African Development University’s (ADU) inaugural commencement ceremony, in addition to celebrating the institution’s impact, the Guest of Honour, the President of the Republic of Niger, conferred a National Honour to Ashesi’s University founder, Dr. Patrick Awuah, in recognition of his service to Niger and ADU. 

Since 2018, Ashesi has worked closely with ADU on its journey toward delivering high-impact and contextual educational programs to its students. This partnership which stemmed from The Education Collaborative’s mentorship program, made ADU one of the program’s early beneficiaries. The mentorship program connects new or growing institutions with more seasoned ones to share their blueprint for success and guide the younger institution’s growth. 
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