KOULU Group gains an important position in the implementation of Continental Education Strategy for Africa 2016-2025
The African Union Commission has invited KOULU Group to participate in the implementation of Continental Education Strategy for Africa 2016-2025 (CESA 16-25). This position is extremely important and will strengthen KOULU Group’s operations in the continent.
Ms. Satu Järvinen, Partner and Director of Education Services of KOULU Group, represents KOULU Group in a work group within CESA 16-25. The work group’s aim is to figure out how to harness the capacity of ICT to improve access, quality and management of education and training systems in Africa.
Overall, the mission of the CESA 16-25 project is to get competent human resources to achieve the vision of the African Union. The vision of the African Union 2063 is to reach an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven and managed by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena.
Satu Järvinen stresses that the future of technology-driven social economic development requires paradigm shifts in the delivery of education and skills development in Africa.
“ICT integration in education should not only occur in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, but on a whole school basis in order to bring about better teaching, and learning across the curriculum, as well as more efficient school management.”
Järvinen is really pleased to belong to the workgroup.
“In order to do successful business in Africa, you need to know the right people and have the right contacts. Being an official member of the work group is a major advantage for us.”
Badge Africa – Solution based on existing components
There are high youth unemployment figures, mismatch of vocational skills and lack of Public-Private partnerships in the continent. Supporting the youth, and adults as well, to acquire employable skills through Technical and Vocational Education (TVET), has become a key development strategy for many African countries.
KOULU Group has partnered with the United Nations’ Global E-Schools and Communities Initiative (GESCI) and with Accenture Development Partnerships to provide a solution, Badge Africa, to the challenges regarding skilled workforce. Badge Africa focuses on prior learning recognition and allows people to gain skills outside the formal education system. Its value creation components are competence based training, recognition of prior learning, digitalization and cross-sector partnerships. The ecosystem connects employers, learners/workforce, institutions, education and third-sector partners.
“With Badge Africa the employer finds, not only those people with formal education that fit the required skills, but also those people who actually pose the required skills, but don´t have the formal education. With the help of the Badge Model, these people become visible to the employers,” Järvinen outlines the main benefit of the model.
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CESA 16-25 /Members of the ICT working group
Heads of ICT Departments/Ministy of Education from various African countries and representatives from African Union Commission, UNICEF, UNESCO, FAWE and many other organizations. In addition to KOULU Group, the companies involved are Intel, Microsoft, Orange and J P Sa Couto.