The forum, which will be led by Informa Plc, the largest publicly owned exhibitions and training provider in the world, will also explore how increased investment from the private sector can improve education delivery across in the region.
The forum titled Education Innovation Africa will be held on 8-10 June 2015 at the Visa Oshwal Centre and will feature a conference, exhibition and workshops. Prof George Godia, a former Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, lauded the forum arguing that education sector within EAC has been neglected. “Across EAC, teachers, pupil and all education stakeholders are not taken seriously, hence the perennial disagreement between the ruling governments. I am excited that we are hosting a global forum, which will support our ailing education sector. I am convinced that the forum deliberations will be implemented to promote the sectors growth,” Prof. Godia said.
The forum will be opened by the Cabinet Secretary, Prof Jacob Kaimenyi. The event will gather leading Kenyan and African policymakers and educators together with the best of regional and international investors, entrepreneurs and technology providers.
Education Innovation Africa will focus on how the private sector can help deliver national and regional education plans, by providing financing, improving infrastructure, investing in new education models and also by providing innovative low-cost technology solutions. “We are delighted to host the Education Innovation Africa event in Nairobi,” stated Lydia Fowler, Event Director at Informa Plc. “The event will showcase the significant work already underway across Kenya and the East African community in improving education delivery through innovative partnerships, strategies and technologies. It will highlight how increased collaboration between Government, private and social investors can help to meet domestic and regional education goals, and facilitate the creation of new programmes that will improve educational attainment across East Africa.”
The event has been created to address many of the major priorities of the regional Governments for education; in improving finance; increasing access; raising the levels of quality; increasing vocational and skills development for higher employment levels; and harnessing low-cost technologies to improve reach. Discussions will explore how greater engagement with the private and non-state sectors can help deliver each of these important goals.
As a commitment to improving the quality of teaching and providing teachers with innovative teaching strategies, the event will feature free seminars for school, college and university teachers to learn how to better integrate technologies into the classroom to improve learning outcomes. Alongside these discussions, an exhibition will feature new technologies and solutions that can help transform teaching and learning across East Africa, hosting companies including HP, Pearson, McGrawHill, GEMS Cambridge International School Nairobi, Panworld Education, Impartus, Digisoft Education, The Flip Experts, Cyberoam, Oracle Academy, NComputing, Polycom, A List, CloudHop, STEM Innovation Solutions, and many more.
Organisations taking part in the event discussions include the African Development Bank, ARK, Association of African Universities, Bridge International Academies, Commonwealth Development Corporation, Equity Bank Foundation, Fanisi Capital, International Finance Corporation, Kogi State Government of Nigeria, Nairobi City County, Omidyar Network, Parthenon Group and Ushahidi.
For more information on the event, please visit www.educationinnovationafrica.com