Implementation of RUFORUM C10 Commitments
RUFORUM is an implementing partner of the Action Plan for transformation of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa with the leadership of the African Union Committee of Ten Heads of State and Government (AU-C10) championing Education, Science, Technology and Innovation. The AU-C10 was instituted by the African Union in 2016 after noting that education, science, technology and innovation remain the primary instruments that will enable Africa to effectively implement its long-term vision of a transformative Agenda 2063. The Committee is chaired by His Excellency Macky Sall, President of Senegal. The composition of the Committee includes two Presidents from each of AU’s Five Continental Regions and therefore draws its membership from Senegal, Chad, Egypt, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Sierra Leone, and Tunisia.
As part of its engagement in the AU-C10, RUFORUM facilitated the first Summit of the AU-C10 hosted by Government of Malawi at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe, from 2nd to 3rd November, 2018 under the theme “Enhancing Education, Science, Technology and Innovation for Africa’s Development. [ Download the draft C10 Action Plan [ English ] [ French ] [ Portuguese ], C10 Declaration English | French ] , RUFORUM-C10 Activity Plan for delivering on committments assigned by the Summit [English]
Summary report on implementation of C10 Commitments assigned to RUFORUM
RUFORUM was established to provide a platform for networking, resource mobilization and advocacy; rationalize resource use; and, promote the integration of member universities into Africa’s development including the African Union Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024). As part of its engagement with the African union, facilitated the first Summit of the C10 hosted by Government of Malawi at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe, from 2nd to 3rd November, 2018. The Summit developed the C10 Declaration and Action Plan with three major commitments. However, in terms of RUFORUM role, the activities assigned fall in two of the three commitments with RUFORUM either a Responsible entity or as “other key partner”. The commitments include; (i) investing in education, science and technology; and, (ii) promoting education in Africa. The priority areas include; Priority area 1: Operationalize Education Science and Technology Funds in Africa; Priority area 4: Strengthen teacher development and retention; Priority area 5: Enhancing TVET and skill development for employment; and, Priority area 7: Strengthen higher education, science, technology and innovation. The following were the key achievements;
- During the year, RUFORUM enhanced participation of Women in Science, Technology and innovation by supporting secure US$ 150,000 to strengthen capacity of the Forum for Women Vice Chancellors in Africa to promote gender inclusive participation in Science, Technology and Innovation. Further supported increase numbers of PhD qualified staff in African Universities by awarding twenty two (22) doctoral scholarships under support from Social and Environmental Trade-offs in African Agriculture (SENTINEL Project) of the United Kingdom Research and Innovation (19 PhDs); and, Mastercard Foundation (3 PhDs). Cumulatively, 525 PhD students have been supported with 45% Women.
- RUFORUM supported upgrade the qualification of university lecturers through the Graduate Teaching Assistantship programme, where up to ninety (90) (24 female, 66 male) Staff from twenty nine (29) Universities in fourteen (14) African nations including Democratic Republic of Congo; Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland and Uganda have been supported to undertake PhD studies. The Graduate Teaching Assistantship programme aims at increasing the number of PhD trained staff in African universities.
- To enhance the entrepreneurship capacity of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, forty (40) TVET instructors at Baraka agricultural college in Kenya (21) and Northern Uganda Youth Development Centre (19) were trained in business planning and entrepreneurship, project proposal writing, basic information and communication skills and financial management.
- RUFORUM continued to enhance linkages between universities and TVET institutions by implementing the Community Action Research Programme PLUS (CARP+), involving mandatory collaboration between Universities and TVETs as key partners. This was achieved by awarding three (3) additional CARP+ projects to three universities in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
- RUFORUM strengthened skills development of TVETs by developing Occupational Standards for Piggery curriculum for Level 3 and Level 4 at Baraka agricultural college in Kenya; and, non-formal curriculum for artificial insemination (AI) and Indigenous microorganism (IMO) Technology at Northern Uganda Youth Development Centre in Uganda.
- RUFORUM enhanced academic mobility within African Universities by supporting 19 Research teams from 35 RUFORUM member Universities submit proposals to the 2019 Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme (IAAMS) call for proposals.
- As part of enhancing the foresight capacity in African universities, RUFORUM developed and submitted a proposal to the BRIDGIN Foundation for infrastructural development of High-Tech Centre for Data Science and Foresight studies at Makerere University, a RUFORUM member University in Uganda.
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