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 12:00 PM

Equipping Teachers for Success in Sub-Saharan Africa

Hosted at CGI's Offices in New York City, New York

In 2014, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported that 2.3 million new teachers would need to be hired to achieve universal primary education in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030—accounting for two-thirds of the new teachers needed globally. With the exponential rise of the school-aged population in Africa, there is a growing need to deliver quality education at scale. With teachers at the core of the education system, efforts must be taken to appropriately recruit, train, and support them so that they may deliver knowledge and skills to students in an increasingly complex learning environment. In this session, participants will discuss approaches for how to better recruit and prepare teachers, with a focus on the application of these learnings to the urban and rural contexts in sub-Saharan Africa.


• Discuss successful strategies for recruiting, training, and supporting teachers in sub-Saharan Africa
• Explore the differences and unique challenges of delivering teacher training in rural and urban settings
• Identify opportunities to build partnerships


Aaron Benavot, Director, Education for All Global Monitoring Report, UNESCO
Gordon Carver, Projects Director, Africa, Varkey Foundation
Cien Keilty-Lucas, Director of Operations, Building Tomorrow
Marie Lichtenberg, Director, International Partnerships, Humana People to People