Collaborative Education held its first in-person meeting since 2019, bringing together over 190 participants from 23 countries and over 60 educational institutions.
Also taking inspiration from virtual meetings held during the pandemic, The Education Collaborative adopted a hybrid format for the 2022 annual meeting, also hosting some 200 online participants.
“Coming back in person allowed us to reconnect more closely with network members, be active, build deeper relationships, and discover the power of working together to create an education system that supports the development agenda of Africa,” shared Rose Dodd. , director of The Education Collaborative.
“And at the same time, taking advantage of the hybrid model, we expanded our reach to other participants who weren’t able to physically join us.”
Held at two sites, Ashesi University in Berekuso and the Accra Marriott Hotel in Accra, the theme of the meeting was: Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Improve Higher Education Outcomes in Africa. The five-day program, which included workshops, plenary sessions, an executive symposium and an engagement summit, was structured into four streams: ethics and leadership development, entrepreneurship ecosystem development , career and employability system development and entrepreneurship education.
It was a great opportunity to learn what academia is doing in terms of entrepreneurship to help us understand how we can engage at this level,” said Dr. Kagonya Awori, a first participant and a senior applied scientist. at Microsoft Africa Research Institute. (HUSBAND). “The Convening also allows us to build key partnerships, raise awareness of MARI, and share how we can support African users and business owners with technology solutions relevant to their work.”
“This is a wonderful platform to share and appreciate the individual values we bring to the table, especially on the practical and business side,” said Dr. Peter Bamkole, Director of the Business Development Center , Pan Atlantic University, Nigeria. “It is also important to continue to push on how we can connect our forces across the continent. The convening allows us to do this, ensuring that the impact is spread across the continent and is not just one-sided.
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Scalability of impact over time
From hosting 25 people in the inaugural edition in 2017 to welcoming over 300 participants in the 2022 edition, the annual meeting continues to grow steadily enabling institutions across Africa to engage each other in areas of transformation and development to improve educational outcomes on the continent.
“Over the years, the growth of the Collaboration, from 25 attendees at our first meeting to over 300 this year, has indicated the desire and strong need for connection among educational institutions across the continent,” shared Rose Dodd . “It’s high time we started looking to the future in our learning and what we share to develop the student outcomes we want to achieve.”
In the years since its inception, The Education Collaborative has engaged more than 150 higher education institutions, supported more than 280 educators and administrators, and impacted more than 116,000 students in Africa. Continuing to expand its impact, the Education Collaboration has adopted a regional hub model anchored on ensuring that institutions receive the support needed to achieve their goals.
“As a collaboration, we recognize that institutions of higher learning, whether universities or technical or vocational institutions, can push the human capital that is essential to create the development we need on the continent,” said Lizzie Chongoti, regional hub director for East Africa. .
“While the annual meeting is a great opportunity to drive conversations and initiatives in this regard, we are operationalizing our work across the various regional hubs to achieve the impact we need; East, West, Francophone and Center. This way we can work across the different hubs, and also work within the hubs we are in.