UK Department for International Trade has said that it is partnering with Nigeria and some Africa Institution to foster better education in in Nigeria and other African countries. It said that on Wednesday 28th April, representatives from leading UK education technology companies, CENTURY Tech and GL Education, will bring together educators from across Africa to discuss key matters surrounding education on the continent at the ‘African Future Learning Summit’. It said “With the pandemic disrupting education for millions of children across Africa, leading educationalists, technologists and government officials are coming together to discuss how education can be reformed to help children to flourish amidst and after the disruption.
Organised in partnership with the UK Department for International Trade and Children’s International School, Lagos, the Summit will also feature an address by Emma Wade-Smith OBE, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for Africa, from the UK Government. Emma Wade Smith OBE, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa at the UK Department for International Trade said “Improving access to quality education is fundamental to enabling African governments to achieve their economic growth and diversification ambitions, including to create the millions of jobs needed to bring the continent’s youth into the workforce. Through international trade and investment, alongside the judicious use of technology, we have the tools to upskill Africa’s people and support the creation of meaningful jobs. The UK is home to an extraordinary array of education providers and technological expertise. We want to partner to support Africa’s educational transformation and ensure greater access to education for all.”
Priya Lakhani OBE, Founder CEO of CENTURY Tech, which develops AI-powered learning tools for schools, said “By the end of the century, one in three people will be African. Yet even today, millions of African children are unable to fulfil their potential with their education. That’s why it is so vital that we come together to discuss how we can improve access to education for and the quality of education received by children across the continent. The pandemic has shown how vital technology can be to education. We must relentlessly focus on working with schools, governments and NGOs to help all children access an education that will allow them to thrive.”
Amanda Clarke, International Director at GL Education, a provider of assessment to schools across the world, said “I am really looking forward to being part of the discussion about the evolving educational landscape across countries in Africa. GL Education aims to support schools across the continent in their commitment to develop students with the skills to thrive in a tech-driven and globalised world.” Other speakers at the AFLS include Felix Malombe, Tech Integration Specialist, Crawford International School Kenya; Mrs Dosunmu, Junior School Assistant Head, CIS Lagos; Angela Schaerer, Digital Transformation Manager, Curro Holdings; Jonathan Davies, Assistant Head of Junior School, British International School Cairo. Others are Mr Khipani Bhila, Assistant Head of Senior School (Academics), CIS Lagos; Mr Callum Watt, Head of Mathematics, Malvern College Egypt; Mrs Leigh Hill, Group Curriculum and Standards Officer, Braeburn Schools Kenya and Ms Doris Kwambo, Principal, Amana Elementary School