ECOWAS adopts draft Protocol on Education

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Education ministers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) met 24-25 September in Dakar and adopted a draft Protocol on Education and Training.
Senegalese education minister Moustapha Sourang told PANA the document includes measures at harmonising the education system across the sub-region, from elementary up to higher education.
He said it also addresses problems of research and financing.
"We have agreed on a number of follow-up mechanisms for targeted policies, such as distance learning, the teaching of science and technology, HIV/AIDS and girl education," Sourang said.
"The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) would be the framework for all action outlined within the ECOWAS plan, in order to avoid dispersing our efforts," the Senegalese minister added.
At the Dakar meeting, working groups, including officials from member states, international organisations, donors and NGOs, discussed specific sectors.
"Each group already has a working plan that would be launched next week," Sourang said, adding that foreign partners have already indicated their commitment to the initiative.
ECOWAS, set up in 1975, includes Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

26 september 2002 13:04:00

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