GESCI’s growing international status
GESCI’s growing international status is evidenced through invitations to serve on global task forces, chair continental groupings and contribute to relevant global fora in terms of its capacity to successfully design and implement innovative projects and models. It’s ability to influence continental development agendas is growing as GESCI builds a solid reputation as a leading organisation.
Alliances and Networks
- The contribution GESCI has made to the development of the African Union Commission’s (AUC) Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA) 2016 – 2025 and GESCI’s central role in its ongoing implementation.
- GESCI chairs CESA’s ICT in Education Cluster and has been invited to be a member of both the STEM and the Teacher Education Clusters for CESA implementation.
- In 2016, GESCI was invited to become a member of the Steering Committee of the mEducation Alliance, Washington.
- In 2017, GESCI was invited to become a member of the International Task Force on Teachers (ITFT/UNESCO)
- GESCI was invited to become a contributor and collaborator on the AU Africa Youth Charter and Forum.
- African Union’s flagship initiative, Panaf e-University. Invited to join the programme committee.
- GESCI is a partner and collaborator with the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA)
- MoUs in negotiation with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development in Eastern Africa (IGAD).
GESCI invited to the newly formed task force for the implementation of the Djibouti Declaration and Plan of Action on refugees, returnees and host communities in the IGAD region
Sharing Knowledge and Learning
- GESCI substantially contributed to the AUC Youth Forum in Banjul (Banjul +10) and the African Youth Charter and is co-organising with the AUC a Ministerial Forum on Youth, Digital Skills and Enterprise in February 2018 as part of the AU’s ‘African Year for Harnessing Demographic Dividends through Investments in Youth 2017/8”.
- GESCI’s African Digital Schools Initiative (ADSI), delivered in secondary schools in Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire and Tanzania designated as an exemplary and flagship programme of the African union.
- GeSCI designed and successfully delivered the programme Leadership Development in ICT and Knowledge Society Development in Africa for 500 senior-level government officials to post-graduate level as professional development towards coherent policymaking for Knowledge Society development. This programme was delivered in 16 African Countries.
- Building on this base of alumni, GESCI launched a continent-wide Leadership Network for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) implementation.
- Planning a continental conference, jointly with the African Union, on Digital Skills for African Youth in 2018.
- GESCI as a partner and participant in Ministerial Forum on ICT in Education in Abidjan 2016
- GESCI as a partner and participant in ADEA’s Triennale, Dakar, 2017.
- Participant in AUC’s STC meeting of Education, Science and technology Ministers, Cairo 2017.
- Participant in AfDB’s third Africa Forum on STI, Cairo 2018.
- Leadership Development Programme for Women Leaders, developed in collaboration with FAWE –the Pan-African Forum for Women Educationalists.
- Consultancy services, partnerships and collaboration with UNESCO in Africa and globally.
- GESCI has signed several new Memoranda of Understanding/Agreement (MoU/MoAs) with key collaborative agencies.
- MoUs signed with and with several countries including The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Guinea Conakry.
- GESCI invited to send a mission to Guinea Conakry to plan an ICT in Education initiative.
- Developed a new model for youth digital skills and the creation of start-ups/self- employment trialled, evaluated and ready for implementation across Africa.
- Developed an ICT-based Education and Training Programme for Whole-School Development at both secondary and TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) levels for learners in crisis environments is ready for rollout internationally.
- Participated and moderated sessions at the Pan African High-level Conference on Education (PACE), Nairobi, April 2018
- GESCI is a member of the consultative IGAD and core partners on the implementation of the Djibouti declaration and plan of action on refugee education.
- Initiated and planned the Tunis Forum on Digital Skills and Enterprise for African Youth (April 2018) and collaborated with NEPAD/GIZ on the TVET workshop and the launch of the youth skills portal.
- Invited as presenters at the AUC’s Innovations Conference in Dakar, Senegal, 27-29 September 2018.
- Will moderate sessions at the UNESCO international Task Force on Teachers Policy Dialogue Forum:“Strengthening Teacher Education – a prerequisite for quality teaching and learning” November 2018.