KIX Africa 21: Central African education stakeholders come together to strengthen the education system

18 March 2024
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On February 26, 2024, a workshop was held at the Galaxy school in Bangui to officially launch a series of activities aimed at strengthening the management of the Central African education system through the Global Partnership for Education Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX). 

This event, held under the high leadership of H.E. Faustin Archange TOUADERA, President of the Central African Republic, and overseen by H.E. Aurélien Simplice ZINGAS, Minister of State in charge of National Education, was attended by three other ministers: H.E. Jean Syssa MAGALE, Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Technological Innovation; H.E. Ngola Françoise RAMADAN, Minister of Arts and Culture; and H.E. André RINGUI LE GAILLARD, Minister-Counsellor of Education to the Head of State. The event was also attended by 20 regional directors of education from across the Central African Republic, as well as some officials and high-level dignitaries from the Prime Minister's office and the President's office. 

H.E. Aurélien Simplice ZINGAS, Minister of State in charge of Education, noted that knowledge and innovation exchanges address the national education community’s aspirations and are a pillar of the country's education policy. He reaffirmed his support for the national coordination team’s successful implementation of the KIX program. He urged all education stakeholders to get involved quickly and collectively to guarantee the right to quality education for future generations. 

The Minister of State responsible for Education also identified a number of educational priorities, including the urgent need for qualified teachers, and for appropriate classrooms and teaching materials. He also stressed the importance of multilingualism, as well as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

To ensure successful implementation of the KIX initiative, the Central African Republic has set up a coordination team headed by Dr. David Christian VONTO. This team has had the opportunity to participate in international meetings, including regional knowledge and innovation exchange workshops and continental symposia to promote educational research. 

Note that KIX is a global initiative of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The KIX Africa 21 Hub, which covers 21 countries, is managed by the consortium comprised of the AUF, CONFEMEN and IFEF-OIF.