Representatives from Teachers Media International (TMI) and The Teachworld Foundation joined ministers from twenty-seven African countries at the Innovation Africa conference in Nairobi 20-22 September to discuss and brainstorm solutions to Education and ICT integration challenges throughout the country under the theme umbrella of “designed and made for Africa, by Africa.”
The high-level meeting drew participation from 43 ministries of education, higher education, and ICT from 27 African countries, providing them with an opportunity to share experiences and also gain knowledge about best practices from other African countries.
The morning sessions opened with music played and sung by students from St. Michael’s Primary school, an urban Nairobi-city school that faces many challenges, but is considered a model of success due to continually rising student achievement rates since Mary Owina took over as Headteacher approximately eight years ago.
The founder of TMI and Teachworld, Angela Ney presented to Education Ministers for a high-energy closed door session that set the tone for the solution-driven conference, which included workshops, keynote speeches and panel discussions from a range of innovators from government agencies, organizations, and universities.
Curriculum development and teachers training was the focus of a panel discussion on 22 September, where Ney hosted delegates from countries such as South Sudan and Ghana to discuss innovative ways to provide training for teachers in Africa. TMI is proud to be part of an online solution for professional learning through both our platform service and on-the-ground training in countries across the world, as well as an advocate for global improvement in education.
Teachworld also presented on an innovative project by Chido Govera, a young girl who was orphaned at the age of 7. When she was 11 years old, Chido was taught how to grow mushrooms—a skill that changed her life. Now at the age of 24, Chido travels around the world to demonstrate how “growing mushrooms” can make a huge difference in a child’s life. TMI is proud to support this important fundraising initiative.
For more about Chido, take a look at this inspirational YouTube clip.
For more information about the conference, visit the Innovation Africa website.
~ The Teachers Media Team