MINESEC Experience Sought At The Continental Level

A five-person delegation from the Human Resources, Science and Technology Department of the African Union was granted an audience by the Minister of Secondary Education on Wednesday, 7 September 2020.

Headed by the African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, Prof Sarah Mbi Enow Anyang, the delegation from the African Union came to seek networking avenues with the Ministry in advancing skill-based, gender-balanced as well as science and technological education on the continent, so as to achieve quality education as advocated for in Agenda 63 of the African Union.

On this occasion, Prof Nalova Lyonga was in the company of Boniface Bayaola, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Secondary Education (MINESEC) in charge of Teacher’s Training and assisted by the Secretary-General, Fabien Nkot and other high profile officials of the Ministry.

Following the presentation made by the Commissioner of the clusters that make up the Continental Education Strategy of the African Union, it clearly appeared that MINESEC is in line with continental aspirations. With a focus on promoting teacher’s training, inclusive education, science and technology, nutrition in schools, among others, MINESEC stands as a perfect partner.

Talking to the delegation, Prof Nalova Lyonga presented MINESEC as a “ministry of innovation”. Most African Union commitments in education are either applied or introduced in the curricula adopted by the Ministry of Secondary Education, ranging from distance education to nutrition education through inclusive science education, the promotion of English/French bilingualism being the jewel on the crown.

As a way to kick off the partnership, MINESEC welcomed the Commissioner’s request to have Cameroon host the next Home Grown School Feeding Event held each year on 1 March to mark the African School Feeding Day. This initiative aims to promote nutrition education, improve the nutrition of school children and boost local economies. In exchange, the Commissioner pledged to help the Ministry widen its partnering opportunities. In a nutshell, Cameroon’s best practices and success stories in Secondary Education will soon benefit the entire African continent.

By Aimé Ngidjol