The African Union Commission (AUC) was represented during the COMSTEDA 15 by Prof. Callistus Ogol.  In his address, Prof. Ogol highlighted the strategic objectives of the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA), and how it contributes to the Agenda 2063 Vision on an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in international arena.

The relevant strategic objectives cited were:

  1. Revitalize the teaching profession to ensure quality and relevance at all levels of education;
  2. Build, rehabilitate, preserve education infrastructure and develop policies that ensure a permanent, healthy and conducive learning environment in all sub-sectors and for all, so as to expand access to quality education.
  3. Strengthen the science and mathematics curricula in youth training and disseminate scientific knowledge and culture in society;
  4. Set up a coalition of stakeholders to facilitate and support activities resulting from the implementation of CESA 2016-25.

Harnessing the Africa’s demographic dividend through investments in youth. He reiterated that AUC was a major player catalyzing skills acquisition and in the active promotion of Science, Technology and Innovation with the aim of building skilled human resource. He underscored the role of COMSTEDA 15 in terms of achieving the goals of Clusters on Teacher Professional Development and STEM.



Two Youth Volunteers were seconded by the African Union Commission in August 2017 to and October 2017 respectively to play a supportive role in the Implementation of specific regional activities in African countries on teacher capacity development programs and international training programs.   They have been supportive especially in the interpretation and translation of information and materials in Arabic and French.  They have also been instrumental in the development of online content for ADEA and identification of potential partners to support TPD – MSE in Arabic and French countries.  New networks have been formed with Egypt and Gabon has been formed.





The Third Country Training Programme (TCTP) 2017 Secondary and Primary courses were held in CEMASTEA from 4th to 29th September 2017 for two weeks for each programme. These trainings were implemented through the concerted effort of CEMASTEA staff, our partners Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Government of Kenya and SMASE Africa.

TCTP provides opportunities for mathematics and science educators in secondary and primary levels in Africa to explore alternative and promising classroom practices to improve the quality of teaching and learning. The main focus of TCTP 2017 was the use of the 5E instructional model in Inquiry Based Learning (IBL), assessment of learning and lesson observation and Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) for effective teaching and learning. The 5E instructional model enables Engagement, Exploration, Explanation, Elaboration and Evaluation during the process of lesson delivery.  A total of 79 participants from 15 SMASE Africa countries were represented.



Third Country Training Programme for educators from secondary education



In Dec 2017, South Sudan as a member country in partnership with JICA conducted 2 weeks workshop for 13 educators at the regional secretariat office in Kenya to validate and try out training materials to be used for training teachers in their country.

In August 2017, ADEA secretariat funded a training need assessment surveys in math & science education for Francophone countries.  The TNA survey benefited some of the SMASE Africa member countries who actively participated.






In June 2016, the U.S. Mission to UNESCO and its partners launched the TeachHer, a public-private partnership aimed at encouraging adolescent girls to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Design, and Math (STEAM) careers. The 2nd TeachHer Regional Training for Africa was a joint partnership between Ministry of Education (MOE) Kenya and US mission to UNESCO and implemented by CEMASTEA. It was held in CEMASTEA from 24th to 28th July 2017. The theme of the training was “Improving Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Mathematics (STEAM) Education for Girls through Learner-Centered (ASEI-PDSI) Teaching and Learning Practices.

A total of 81 educators, administrators, and education policy officials from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Senegal, Zambia, and Zimbabwe attended the training.

Partner organizations included Ministries of Education, CEMASTEA, US Mission to UNESCO, UNESCO-IICBA, the UNESCO regional office in Nairobi, FAWE, Akbaraly Foundation, Microsoft, Fitbit, the Higher Life Foundation, Institute of International Education (IIE), and the Teachers Service Commission Kenya.