Pioneer Country Visits
The Pioneer Country Initiative was launched in November 2016 to support countries turning the Commission’s recommendations into action. The initiative aims to inspire leadership in countries to become education champions and go further in implementing education reforms, increasing domestic investment in education and enhancing delivery. Under the leadership of Commissioner and former President of Tanzania HE Jakaya Kikwete, the Commission has led high-level delegation visits to meet with heads of state and government across Africa to share the Commission’s recommendations, learn from the countries’ own experiences and discuss how further reforms and investment can transform learning results for children and youth.
As part of the visits, the Commission delegation has held meetings with Presidents, Prime Ministers, cabinet officials, and when possible, development partners and civil society leaders. Fourteen countries in Africa, representing low-and middle-income countries and a cross-section of geographies and linguistic zones, have been selected in the initial wave: Botswana, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Tunisia and Uganda. In May 2017, we convened a week-long workshop in Nairobi where representatives from government and civil society from 12 African Pioneer Countries learned about the delivery approach and participated in a lab simulation. An initial group of Pioneer Countries, including Ethiopia, Ghana, Tunisia, and Uganda, demonstrated strong readiness and interest in moving forward. The Commission is expanding to the initiative to include Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean in the next wave, and additional Commission delegations and meetings are taking place with leaders in Asia, including Vietnam, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan.
Learn what African leaders had to say about investing in education
- Commissioner Baela Raza Jamil: “A call to action I cannot refuse”
- If we want results, let's focus on delivery
- Africa: from the Nairobi workshop, a newfound value for ‘ruthless prioritization’
- Back to Nairobi: Reflections on the Learning Generation Lab Workshop
- "100 million" African children out of school: former Tanzania President (United Nations Radio)
- Leading and learning: Côte d'Ivoire’s Education Opportunity
Pioneer Country Outreach Visits