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ECOWAS Seeks to Harmonise Educational Systems in the Region


Experts from the education sector in ECOWAS Member States have developed strategies and policies towards harmonizing the educational system and the equivalence of certificates in a bid to increase human capital in the region.

Meeting in Abuja September 20-22, the experts also validated the ECOWAS Technical and Vocational Education Training Strategy for Skills Improvement and Employability (ETSSIE) and discussed several cross cutting issues such as the discrimination of girls and women in education, particularly in accessing Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and participating in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

They recommended the integration of a fully developed curriculum on the treatment of drug use disorders into academic institutions and the promotion of a culture of peace and social responsibility among West African youth.

The strategies and recommendations developed at experts meeting are expected to be endorsed in the forthcoming Ministerial meeting scheduled for September 28-29 2017 in Lome, Togo.