Africa talks education

Education Development Trust's Chief Executive Patrick Brazier chaired the first day of this year's Innovation Africa conference, the annual education summit that brings together more than 35 African countries. This year's event took place from 28-30 November in Harare, Zimbabwe.

'It is really important to us that we are heavily involved with Innovation Africa and that we are able to continue our "global dialogue" with ministers and policymakers,' confirms Patrick. 'We have worked in different capacities across Africa for more than 25 years from delivering short-term technical assistance to implementing visionary large-scale programmes. Our DFID-funded Girls' Education Challenge programme in Kenya is one of the most effective in the world and we are currently working with every government primary school in Rwanda. This conference is a unique opportunity for us to share our learnings – and evidence – with policymakers and ministers.'

On the opening day, Patrick shared what lessons can be learned from two education success stories: Vietnam and London; he also chaired a panel session looking at 'developing school leadership and investing in quality teaching'.

'Education faces many of the same challenges the world over – however context can change everything. It is essential to keep learning from one another and to keep the dialogue open,' he concludes.

Find out more:

Transforming girls' lives in Kenya

What we can learn from Vietnam and London

The role of tech in teacher PD