Monday 15 October 2018
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ZONGONEWS EDITORIAL: International Migrant Destinations – ( Part 21 )

The gaining of a level of financial acumen in the destination country of migrating peoples is a critical aspect of an effective support programme. In 2013, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) produced a financial educational model with a materials list to address the issues surrounding uninformed choice due to lack of knowledge in decision making when entering into financial agreements. The model outlined what should be included in educational support. There are now a number of countries and organisations that offer this type of support and guidance. If you are one of those who would welcome support then request information from a local government or voluntary organisation source.

Today we look at the role of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA).

Established in1988 and initially called Donors to African Education, the organisation’s focus was to drive the implementation of recommendations that emerged from a World Bank Study on Education development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Guiding principles include African ownership, equal and multi-partnership and equitable opportunities and results. Their mission is “To serve as an open and flexible pan African organisation that informs and facilitates the transformation of education and training to drive Africa’s accelerated and sustainable development”.

With most of its working groups based in African countries, the ADEA serves as a forum and discussion network for education policy development and decision making with the aim of accelerating high quality educational and institutional reform. With national international memberships which include world banks, foreign affairs representatives, UNESCO, UNICEF, The African Union Commission (AUC), The Forum of African Women Educationists (FAWE) and research and development organisations. One can see that this wealth of knowledge certainly has the potential to achieve ADEA’s vision of “High quality African education and training”.

Educational solutions however, must be delivered in the context of migration and cannot be seen in isolation. Recently the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) presented a letter to UNHCR on behalf of the Non Government Organisations (NGO) community, concerning statelessness within Africa and the need for decisive action from African countries as well as UNHCR if UNHCR are to achieve their Global Action Plan to End Statelessness by 2024, prevent new cases and protection of stateless individuals. The ADEA model is a huge leap in the right direction.

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Lesley Shepperson / /