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The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and the Ministry of Basic Education of South Africa in partnership with Mastercard Foundation will host the first-ever ADEA High-Level Policy Dialogue Forum on Secondary Education in Africa from 29th to 30th July 2019, at the Emperors Palace, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Forum will provide an opportunity to review and discuss the findings and recommendations of the Mastercard Foundation report, Secondary Education in Africa: Preparing Youth for the Future of Work. 

Over the next few decades, young Africans will play a critical role in the social and economic development of the continent. Africa is currently the youngest continent in the world and will continue to be for the next several decades. By 2100, almost half of the world’s young people will be African. The continent’s efforts to educate its youth will have vast implications for its economic development, stability and prosperity. Africa can seize the opportunity offered by the demographic shift by investing in human capital development, particularly at the secondary education level in which youth gain the skills and knowledge needed to be productive citizens. 

To this end, each year ADEA will organise a High-Level Annual Policy Dialogue Forum in order to bring together key stakeholders to showcase, share and discuss comprehensive and innovative education and training models and programs that aim at developing the leadership, skills and equipping the youth with the necessary knowledge, tools and know-how for employability or job creation. 

The main theme of the first ADEAHigh-Level Annual Policy Dialogue Forum is “Secondary Education in Africa: Preparing Youth for the Future of Work.” 



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