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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Association for Development of Education in Africa

Africa education ADEA

The Association for Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) is an independent forum hosted by the African Development Bank.

Who is the ADEA and what do they do?

Association for Development of Education in Africa or ADEA was located in Paris France until 2008, the  established in 1988 and is a forum for policy dialogue, composed of all the Ministers of Education in Africa and 14 development partners. ADEA’s charge to the governments of Africa is to communicate that the overhaul of education is in their control.

ADEA’s functions are to assist with fostering communication between the countries and sharing research information. ADEA works in different areas of education; higher education, technical and vocational skills development, early childhood development, non-formal education, teaching profession, information and communication technology, books and learning materials, education statistics, policy support, peace education, and sustainable development.

ADEA is governed by 10 Ministers of Education from Western Africa, Eastern Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa and Northern Africa. The ADEA Secretariat housed in Tunis coordinates overall programs and activities. 

Held every three years the ADEA Secretariat targets decision-makers who are instrumental for policy-formation, implementation and for guiding ADEA’s program of activities. ADEA also has working group activities and publications at the school and community level.

In order to ensure that the recommendations stemming from ADEA work are translated into action, ADEA set up Inter-Country Quality Nodes (ICQNs) bringing together countries facing a similar challenge. The ICQNs are led by Ministries of Education. 

Currently there are five ICQN, which cover the following themes: Early Childhood Development led by Mauritius, Literacy and languages steered by Burkina Faso, Mathematics and Science Education led by Kenya, Peace Education managed by Kenya and Technical and Vocational Skills Development headed by Côte d’Ivoire.

Association for the Development of Education in Africa three facts

ADEA is based in Tunis, the capital and the largest city of Tunisia at the African Development Bank (AfDB) since August 1, 2008. ADEA’s Triennale regional consultation for West Africa reiterates the need to invest in science, mathematics and information technology

The Association for the Development of Education has called for the establishment of an African Education Fund to open a new sphere of education on the continent.This was part of the outcomes from the 2017 Triennale on education and training in Africa- a flagship event of the Association held in Dakar, Senegal, March 14-17, 2017. The event with the theme “Revitalizing education towards the 2030 Global Agenda and Africa’s Agenda 2063” had about 1,250 participants in attendance.

ADEA goal is to equip African youth with the knowledge and skills to meet challenges of the 21st century and facilitate their integration into the world of work and entrepreneurship. It is also to prepare them to become true citizens not only of Africa, but also the world, and create decent employment to preserve social cohesion and eliminate radicalization in order to ensure the realization of our national, regional and continental visions.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Lesotho’s Sehlabathebe National Park

Plateau of the Shield, Lesotho’s Sehlabathebe National Park


Lesotho is known as the Kingdom in the Sky due to its highlands where many of the villages can be reached only on horseback, by foot or light aircraft.

Kingdom in the Sky

The Maloti-Drakensberg Park crosses two African countries the uKhahlamba Drakensberg National Park in South Africa and the Sehlathebe National Park in Lesotho.

The Maloti-Drakensberg Park is a World Heritage Site. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located. 

The Maloti-Drakensberg Park is a World Heritage Site due to its spectacular natural landscape, importance as a haven for many threatened and endemic species, and for its wealth of rock paintings made by the San people over a period of 4,000 years. 

The San people lived in the mountainous Maloti-Drakensberg area for more than four millennia, leaving behind numerous drawings of rock art, providing a unique testimony and insight on the San people way of life and beliefs system.

The Maloti-Drakensberg Park
Photo by Di.Malealea Flickr
Lesotho’s Sehlabathebe National Park, also known as the Plateau of the Shield is the natural habitat of the Maloti minnow, a critically endangered fish species that is only found in Sehlabathebe National Park. The Maloti minnow was discovered in1938 in the Umkomazana River, KwaZulu -Natal. 

It was thought to be extinct in South Africa since 1940 but was rediscovered in the Tsoelikana River, Sehlabathebe National Park , Lesotho in 1971. The Maloti minnow is currently critically endangered.

Basotho Hat

Lesotho three facts

Full name is The Kingdom of Lesotho

Basotho are a nation that has solid traditions, beliefs and customs. Lesotho’s major natural resource is water, often referred to as ‘white gold’ by the Basotho people.

The Basotho Hat is the Nation’s Symbol

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fishing in West Africa

Fisher Woman by slosadaIn coastal communities across West Africa, fishing the ocean is a way of life and vital to providing incomes and nutrition, especially for the poor. West Africa waters are rich in fish of all varieties. 

Despite this fact,  from Nigeria to Ghana, to Senegal, the fishing industry in these countries still grapple with challenges that limit production capacity and by extension, ability to meet the daily nutrition needs of West African families.

Fishing in West Africa with reporter Wendy Agbo

Over a billion people, most of whom are poor, depend on fish as a source of animal protein. Fish is the cheapest source of animal protein in the world and supports families by providing income, employment and food security to West African communities. West Africa is gifted with abundant fish resources, supplying over 50 percent of the world’s fishing resources. However, most West African countries important fish instead of relying on the countries rich fishing waters for food and employment.

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Joseph Jenkins Roberts First President of Liberia

Joseph Jenkins Roberts First President of Liberia

Congress made the importation of slaves into the United States illegal in 1808.

Joseph Jenkins Roberts First President of Liberia

Joseph Jenkins Roberts 1809-1876 was a wealthy Monrovia merchant who had emigrated in 1829 from Petersburg, Virginia, became the first black American Colonization Society (ACS) governor of Liberia Africa in 1841.

Joseph Jenkins Roberts

Roberts was born in 1809, the son of free blacks and the oldest of seven children.

In the year 1818 representatives were sent to West Africa to find a suitable location for the new “back to Africa” colony, but they were unable to persuade local tribal leaders to sell any territory. In 1820, 88 free black settlers and 3 society members sailed for Sierra Leone. They found shelter on Scherbo Island off the west coast of Africa.  

Joseph Jenkins Roberts First President of Liberia
Congress made the importation of slaves into the United States illegal in 1808. In 1819, Congress passed an "Act in addition to the acts prohibiting the Slave Trade." Africans removed from slave ships by the U.S. Navy after the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade were also put ashore in Liberia. By 1867, more than 5,700 people came to Liberia under the abolishment of the transatlantic slave trade agreement.

Joseph Jenkins Roberts 1809-1876 was a wealthy Monrovia merchant who had emigrated in 1829 from Petersburg, Virginia, became the first black ACS governor of Liberia in 1841. In 1848, he was elected the first president of an independent Liberia. He achieved international recognition for the new country before leaving the presidency in 1856. After many years as president of Liberia College, Roberts again served as Liberian president from 1872-1876.

Those who believed that Liberia was a symbol of African American capacity to govern a republic, to expand their commercial skills, and to spread Christianity and education, held Roberts up as an example of black achievement. The settlers endeavored to retain the American culture they brought from the United States. Today, about 5% of the population of Liberia is descended from these settlers. 

The settlement in 1824 was named Liberia and its capital Monrovia, in honor of President James Monroe who had procured more U.S. Government money for the venture.

The U.S. Government provided little financial and military support to Liberia as a result, in 1847, Liberia declared independence from the American Colonization Society in order to establish a sovereign state and create its own laws governing commerce. The Liberian flag is a symbol of the history of the Liberian state and its relationship with America.

President of Liberia

Liberia politics did you know

Joseph Jenkins Roberts was the last governor of Liberia and served as the first President of Liberia after independence was won July 26, 1847.

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