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Upcoming eventsChina-Africa Deans of Education Forum 2022

Date: June 15-16, 2022

Time: 17:00-19:00 Beijing Time, 12:00-14:00 Addis Ababa Time

The Education 2030 Framework for Action emphasizes that teachers are the key to achieving all of the Education 2030 agenda, and it also points out that by 2030, 3.2 million more teachers are required to achieve universal primary education and 5.1 million more will be needed to achieve universal lower secondary education, with Africa as the continent with the biggest shortage. It requires urgent attention, with a more immediate deadline, because the equity gap in education is exacerbated by the shortage and uneven distribution of professionally trained teachers, especially in disadvantaged areas.

The Continental Education Strategy for Africa (2016-2025) (CESA) includes ‘revitalise the teaching profession to ensure quality and relevance at all levels of education’ as the first of its 12 strategic objectives, to set up a qualitative system of education and training to provide the African continent with efficient human resources adapted to African core values and therefore capable of achieving the vision and ambitions of the African Union.

To deal with both the shortage and the quality of teachers, Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) or Teacher Training Institutions (TTIs) play an indispensable role.

In this context, the China-Africa Deans of Education Forum 2022, hosted by Beijing Normal University and organised by Faculty of Education of Beijing Normal University, UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) and UNESCO International Research and Training Center for Rural Education (INRULED), is to be held on 15-16 June this year, aiming to build a platform for knowledge sharing and policy dialogue between researchers, practitioners and policy-makers in the field of teacher education both in China and African countries, to discuss and reflect on teacher-related issues at the local, national and international levels, and to build a China-Africa community with a shared future innovatively and cooperatively.

The Forum consists of keynote speeches, three parallel sessions and a plenary session.

The keynote speeches will focus on the theme ‘Reimagine Teacher Education towards a Shared Future’, discussing how to establish and ensure teacher education with high quality in the complex post-epidemic context and exploring new models of cooperation between TEIs in China and Africa.

The three parallel sessions focus on the following themes:

--Technology-enhanced Teacher Education: Achievements and Challenges

This session will review the implications of technology for inclusiveness, equity, and quality of teacher training and development. Deans of Education from China and Africa will share their experiences of harnessing technology for quality teacher preparation and in-service professional development.

--Quality Teachers for Rural Schools: Policy, Practice and Research Evidence

Deans of School of Education or Teacher Education from both sides will address issues of preparing qualified teachers for rural schools. Policies, evidence-based research and innovative practices would be shared in terms of teacher qualification, relevance of teacher education programmes and teacher support in rural areas.

--Education toward Peace and a Community with a Shared Future

In this session, representatives will share practice, challenges, and plans to train teachers as agents of change with knowledge and attitudes that permit every student to work on building a peaceful and a shared future for humankind.

Further to the keynote speeches and parallel sessions, the plenary session will focus on approaches to build up and strengthen the stronger partnership and create cooperation opportunities to generate innovation for sustainable development.


Supported by: National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO

Hosted by: Beijing Normal University

Organised by: Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University

                        UNESCO IICBA

                        UNESCO INRULED

Co-organised by: Institute of Africa Studies, Zhejiang Normal University (IASZNU)

Center for Teacher Education Research of Beijing Normal University, Key Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences for Universities, Ministry of Education of China

Institute of International and Comparative Education of Beijing Normal University, Key Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences for Universities, Ministry of education of China

Huiyan International College, Faculty of Education, Beijing Normal University

Forum Agenda




15 June

(17:00-19:00 Beijing Time, 12:00-14:00 Addis Ababa Time)

Opening Ceremony

Opening Remarks:

--Welcome Speech from Beijing Normal University

--Welcome Speech from UNESCO-IICBA

--Speech from Priority Africa and External Relations, UNESCO

--Speech from Chinese National Commission for UNESCO

Group Photo

Keynote Speeches

Theme: Reimagine Teacher Education towards a Shared Future 

--Teachers and Teacher Education in Africa

--Teacher Development in China: Past, Present and Future

--Building Stronger Teacher Education Institutes

--Building Teacher Education Institutes in Africa

16 June

(17:00-19:30 Beijing Time, 12:00-14:30 Addis Ababa Time)

Part One:

Parallel Sessions

Parallel Session 1:

Technology- enhanced Teacher Education: Achievements and Challenges

--Faculty of Artificial Intelligence Education, Central China Normal University

--Smart Learning Institute, Beijing Normal University

--Teaching and Learning Centre, Namibia University of Science and Technology


Parallel Session 2:

Quality Teachers for Rural Schools: Policy, Practice and Research Evidence

--Graduate School, Northeast Normal University

--College of Teacher Education, Guangxi Normal University

--College of Education and Behavioural Sciences, Bahadar University, Ethiopia

--CAFOP Supérieur de Yamoussoukro

Parallel Session 3: Education towards Peace and a Community with a Shared Future

--Holder of UNESCO Chair on Peace Studies, Nanjing University

--Institute of African Studies, Zhejiang Normal University

--Makerere University, Uganda

--Kenya National Commission for UNESCO

Part Two:

Plenary Session

Wrap-up and Closing:

 Partnership and Future Cooperation

--Brief report from rapporteurs for parallel session 1, 2 and 3

--Roundtable Discussion: Vision and Actions for the Future


English and Chinese

*Interpretation provided in English and Chinese*



Stay tuned for more forum details.

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