Pioneer Countries

Pioneer Country Visits

The Pioneer Country Initiative was launched in November 2016 to help turn the Commission’s report 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. The Commission is considering expanding to Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean in the next wave.

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Pioneer Country Outreach Visits