Second Meeting of IGAD Member States Education Experts Taskforce on Implementation of the Djibouti Declaration and Plan of Action on Refugee Education, Summary Report - 17th – 18th July 2018, Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
This summary report contains the major deliberations and outcomes of the Second Meeting of the IGAD Education Experts Taskforce on the Implementation of the Djibouti Declaration and Plan of Action on Refugee Education held on the 17th – 18 th of July 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa,
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
The IGAD Secretariat wishes to express its gratitude to the Member States for sending their senior officers/directors from the line ministries in Charge of Education from all 7 IGAD Member States:
Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. IGAD also acknowledges the partner agencies and civil society organizations who constituted the joint delegation to this 2 nd meeting of the taskforce for sending high level delegations. Their active participation was very vital for the success of the Meeting. Member State delegations were composed of two senior experts with expertise in educational standards, education in emergencies (special needs education) or qualification regimes. IGAD thanks all the participants for their inputs and contributions in the deliberations towards efforts to enhance the implementation of the objectives outlined in the Djibouti Declaration and plan of action.
IGAD recognizes the services of Mr. Phillip Gathungu, IGAD Rapporteur, who documented the deliberations and prepared this summary on deliberations under the guidance of Ms. Fathia A.
Alwan, Director for Health & Social Development IGAD and Dr. Kebede Kassa Tsegaye, Senior Advisor on Social Development (Education). Besides, we gratefully acknowledge the invaluable contribution of the IGAD support team led by Mrs. Aicha Houssein Mohammed and Mrs. Saida Mohammed
The greatest appreciation goes to the Government of the Republic of Ethiopia for hosting this 2 nd Meeting of the Taskforce and to the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany without whose financial support this process would not have been possible. Furthermore, IGAD wishes to extend its sincere appreciations to UNHCR and UNESCO who prepared and presented some of the most important working documents. In particular, we wish to express our appreciations to Mrs. Emily Lugano of UNHCR and Ms Saba Bokhari of UNESCO (both based in Nairobi) their leading roles in the preparation of these documents.
Framework of the Deliberations
The contents of this report are a summary of the discussions held during the 2nd Meeting of the IGAD Taskforce on Implementation of the Djibouti Declaration and Plan of Action on Refugee Education convened by IGAD with the support of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany on the 17th – 18th of July 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.
The meeting was organized to discuss progresses made during the past six months and provide input on practical steps on the implementation of the Djibouti Declaration and its generic Plan of Action. In attendance were delegates from seven (7) IGAD Member States namely; Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya,
Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda as well as key partners in this initiative. The delegations consisted of Senior Experts and Directors-in-Charge of Basic and Higher Education, Refugee Management Agencies; Partner Institutions notably the GIZ, EU, UNHCR, UNESCO, World Bank, and some members of the IPF (IGAD Partners Forum) as well as officials of the IGAD Secretariat; and the IGAD focal points in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.