PAUWES represented the Pan African University (PAU) at the Innovating Education in Africa EXPO 2018, in Dakar, Senegal. The EXPO was organised by the African Union Commission together with the Government of the Republic of Senegal and its partners across Africa to showcase technical and social innovations in every area of education and training with the sheer aim of establishing a multisectoral platform for experience sharing on relevant innovations that address education challenges in Africa while raising the visibility of these innovative practices in order to whip up support and catalyse up-scaling and replication. The main theme for the EXPO “Meeting Continental Targets for Inclusive, Quality and Transformative Education and Training in the 21st Century”
PAUWES was supported its partner- GIZ to this Expo as an opportunity to raise the visibility of PAUWES, as an institute of excellence. The private sector coordinator of PAUWES, Dr. Dib Amazigh presented on the PAUWES skills framework, employability and entrepreneurship strategy and the PAU Entrepreneurship Hub. PAUWES Research Coordinator – Dr Erick Tambo also presented the Pan African research Agenda on Water, Energy and Climate changes and as well highlighted on the linkages between research and Entrepreneurship at PAUWES. Two students from the PAUWES Entrepreneurship & Innovation Club – PEIC with the Communication Officer, also participated in the Expo presented to participants about the PAU project in their booth.
Amongst the dignitaries who visited the PAU booth included: H.E Prof. Mary Teuw Niane, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation of Senegal, H.E Minister of Scientific Research &Technological Innovation, Pr Amadou Thierno GAYE Director of RI & Pr Coumba Thiandoume Director of scientific culture promotion in the Ministry of HERI, H.E. Prof Sarah Anyang Agbor,AU Commissioner for Human Resources,Science & Technology, Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Egypt, Minister of TVET, apprenticeship and crafts of Senegal, Minister of National Education of Senegal, Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education of Zimbabwe, Minister of Basic Education of Botswana, Minister of Basic and Secondary Education of The Gambia, Minister of Scientific Research and Technological Innovation of the Central African Republic.
Resolution from the EXPO included the formation of the Africa Education Innovators Network (AEIN) and the publication of the first edition of the Africa Education Innovators Handbook.
The EXPO came to a successful end with a 26-year-old Ghanaian innovator, Charles Ofori Antipem of Dext Technologies winning the 1st AU Prize for Innovation in the Education Sector in Africa with a prize package of $ 100,000.