UNESCO, SADC and SAIIA team up for Futures of Education Workshop

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In collaboration with UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA) Education Unit and the SADC Secretariat, SAIIA facilitated a two-day face-to-face strategic workshop in Cape Town, under the theme: ‘Futures of Education for Higher Education and TVET’.

The hybrid event took place between 15-16 November 2021 and was attended by 12 education expert delegates from up to 11 SADC member states.

The meeting followed on three previous virtual workshops held between June and September 2021, with the aim to build capacities, capabilities, knowledge and co-create a strategic framework to support the development of SADC futures of education and learning. As explored during the meeting, the current historical juncture requires us to re-envision knowledge and re-imagine the purposes of education and the organisation of learning, particularly for the provision of quality post-school education and training, which remains unrealised.

During the meeting, experts participated in facilitated, high-level strategic conversations, unpacking key uncertainties as well as strategic goals and activities for individual member states and regionally. Notably, the meeting and previous virtual workshops employed a variety of foresight/futures tools and planning methods designed to help stakeholders reflect on the strategic trajectory of harmonised higher education and technical vocational education and training (TVET) ecosystems in Southern Africa, to explore alternative education futures, and the systemic changes needed to ‘co-create’ preferred SADC futures of education through the development of a strategic framework.