PACTED Sep 2012 The Pan African Conference on Teacher Education and Development PACTED is a real coordination and harmonization process established by the African Union Commission as part of the implementation of the teacher-related goal of its Plan of Action for the second Decade of Education in Africa. PACTED is jointly implemented by AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities and several partners coordinated by International Task Force on Teachers for EFA and including the Association of Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), UNESCO, UNICEF, Education International, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.

Meetings in April and September 2012

This group of partners decided to join hands and support the AUC in the implementation of the roadmap developed by the Pan African Conference on Teacher Education in Africa - PACTED and adopted by the Conference of Ministers of Education of African (COMEDAF) in its 6th meeting held in Abuja in April 2012. The PACTED partners reviewed the roadmap and the monitoring and evaluation framework in a workshop convened by the Task Force in September 2012 to make the documents result-oriented and user-friendly. The workshop adopted recommendations, asking the Task Force, among other things, (a) to lead the capacity building at the level of the AUC, the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and in selected African countries so that these coordinating entities are empowered to monitor PACTED roadmap implementation; and (b) to undertake resource mobilization for the implementation of the roadmap.

PACTED sept 2012

Six sub-themes were identified in the roadmap:

  1. Define standard-setting characteristics for teachers in Africa ;
  2. Enhance the use of open and distance learning (ODL) to increase access to and the quality of teacher training and promote the professional development of teachers ;
  3. Improve performance in science, mathematics and technology (SMT) to reflect life skills and meet labour-market demands ;
  4. Standardize teacher recruitment and mobility ;
  5. Make educational and didactic use of the General History of Africa (GHA) ; and
  6. Build the capacities of education stakeholders to design and implement holistic policies for the teaching profession.

PACTED partners, including country delegates, Education international (EI), UNESCO, l’Organisation internationale de la francophonie (OIF), UNICEF and the Commonwealth Secretariat agreed to assign lead agencies for each of the six sub-themes of the roadmap, and to implement the roadmap M&E framework in the three pilot countries (Kenya, Senegal and Togo) identified by AUC. India and Thailand joined the meeting and pledged support to an inter-regional collaboration on various items of the roadmap.

COMEDAF Chair, The Nigerian Minister of Education sent a special message to the workshop, expressing the expectation of the continent leadership on the expert support of the Task Force and its network for the success of PACTED. PACTED clearly carries the potential for facilitating regional integration through education, contributing to improving the management of the teaching force and enabling teacher mobility, where appropriate, as way of closing the teacher gap on the continent. Supporting PACTED should be high on the Task Force agenda in its resource mobilization efforts for the next phase.

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