Harnessing Technology to Build Resilient Education Systems: Notes from The 2022 Ministerial Forum

Earlier this month, the Mastercard Foundation Centre for Innovative Teaching and Learning in ICT (CITL) hosted its second Ministerial Forum in Kigali, Rwanda. The forum provided a platform to discuss the progress made since the first Ministerial Forum held in Botswana in 2019, share learnings, and new opportunities to scale the integration of technology in education. This year the forum focused on ‘Harnessing Technology to build Resilient Education Systems’. It brought together ministers of education, their technical advisors, and senior government representatives from 12 African countries. Along with education development partners, technology hubs, select EdTech organizations across Africa, EdTech experts, teachers, and young people, the forum discussed how technology can help create more resilient education systems to withstand shocks such as the pandemic.

The dialogue provided valuable feedback to CITL in co-designing the implementation of its roadmap and strategy. Participants continued to build on these conversations at the eLearning Africa Conference that was also held Kigali.

It was encouraging to hear of the progress that most countries have made in leveraging technology to build resilient education systems and their efforts to change emergency solutions put in place during the pandemic into permanent solutions. Building on these efforts, Ministries of Education have begun to fast track the implementation of technology in education to mitigate the loss of learning. Also notable was the role of Public-Private Partnerships in ensuring quality education is accessible and relevant to learners at different stages.

You can watch the highlights of the Forum through this photo reel. In addition, detailed discussions derived from both events will be featured in the upcoming June editions of EdTech Mondays on CNBC Africa and the Mastercard Foundation Young Africa Works Facebook Page.

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