Sahel leaders commit to ambitious reforms to support access to quality education – Niger

NOUAKCHOTT, December 5, 2021 – The summit on education in the Sahel under the theme “Building the future of the Sahel in today’s schools” has just ended today. The summit brought together President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, President Mohamed Bazoum of Niger **, ** heads of delegations from the Sahel and the Vice-President of the World Bank for West Africa and the Center.

At the end of the meeting, the leaders of the Sahel countries made a joint declaration to deepen the reforms for quality education in the region. The “Nouakchott Declaration” identifies three fundamental objectives: to improve the quality of learning, to increase the participation of girls in secondary education and to strengthen the basic skills and literacy of young adults who have left school.

“I will work urgently to rebuild our education system. The objective is to make the school a republican school as a place of integration of future generations, strengthening the strength and confidence of young people. A youth who will know how to count their skills and assert civic values ​​to strengthen the State and society. Training in areas related to promising economic sectors will be a priority for young people, ” noted President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

A well-functioning education system increases productivity and employment, leading to better health outcomes, well-functioning public institutions and the preservation of peace. Over the past fifteen years, Sahelian countries have made significant progress in almost doubling the primary school enrollment rate and tripling the secondary school enrollment rate. However, Sahelian countries still face many challenges in order to provide universal access to education and quality education to all its young people.

“* We are in a vicious cycle. The more children we have, the less we are able to educate them, the less we educate them, the more children they will have in their turn. In our social and economic context, these are the driving factors behind development and growth delays, * ”declared President Mohamed Bazoum** from the Republic of Niger. **

Aware of the importance of tackling head-on the challenges of promoting universal access to quality education, the Sahel delegations meeting in Nouakchott have defined a roadmap to better prioritize and coordinate policies and investments in education over the next ten years.

“* Given the urgency of meeting the challenges of education systems in Sahel countries, we will intensify our support to the sector as a whole with particular emphasis on equitable access to education and the improvement of learning. International experience shows that if reforms are implemented in a coordinated and inclusive manner, success is possible, ”said Ousmane Diagana, Vice-President of the World Bank for West and Central Africa.

Sahel leaders called for long-term political commitment around three main actors:

  • Prioritize action and funding around measurable goals to reduce learning poverty, promote increased participation of girls in secondary education, and strengthen basic skills and literacy among young adults who left school;

  • Improve the recruitment, training and deployment of teachers, while participating in international programs for the periodic assessment of academic learning and other types of learning outcomes;

  • Increase the share of education in public spending and gross domestic product to reach the sub-Saharan Africa average by 2030, while striving to improve the efficiency and quality of spending.


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