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Retour sur le webinaire du 28 Mai sur la plateforme MOJA : Échanges d’expériences entre les régions Ouest et Nord de l’Afrique sur l’Éducation « Parcours de la Deuxième Chance »

31 May 2024 | Oumayma Kefi | DVV International Parcours de la Deuxième Chance


Second Chance Webinar

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MOJA is committed to enabling adult education practitioners in Africa to learn from and share experiences with each other. By bringing these professionals together, MOJA facilitates the exchange of ideas and collaboration for the adult education sector, strengthening local initiatives and offering innovative solutions to various educational challenges on the continent.

On May 28, the MOJA platform hosted an important webinar for the future of education in Africa, titled "Experience Sharing Between West and North African Regions on Second Chance Education." This event highlighted promising initiatives from both regions aimed at combating school dropout rates and providing a second chance at education for young people aged 15 to 25.

Early school dropout remains a major challenge for Africa's socioeconomic development, given the human development indicators in the education sector across the continent. Out-of-school youth often face social precarity, underqualification, difficulties integrating into the formal job market and irregular migration.

Since the 1980s, second chance education, initiated on the northern shore of the Mediterranean, has been growing in Morocco and more recently in some West African countries. This led to the organization of a webinar by the Moroccan Forum for Lifelong Learning, in collaboration with the PAMOJA-West Africa Network and facilitated by the African Continental Project of DVV International through its online platform MOJA. This initiative was carried out in collaboration with the Directorate of Non-Formal Education (DENF) of the Moroccan Ministry of Education. The webinar explored some of the opportunities being offered by Second Chance programmes to African youth, such as vocational training and support for integration. The primary goal was to foster a better understanding of second chance experiences in Morocco and Burkina Faso by sharing approaches and strategies to mitigate the impact of school dropouts.

The webinar included inaugural addresses by Mr. Hssein Oujour, Director of Non-Formal Education at the Moroccan Ministry of Education, and Mr. David Harrington, Head of the ACP/MOJA Project. This was followed by presentations on the Moroccan response to school dropouts, as well as presentations on second chance experiences from Morocco and Burkina Faso with discussions and recommendations from the participants.

Experiences from Burkina Faso

Mrs. Aminata Diallo Boly, National Coordinator of the Andal & Pinal Association, shared the experience of second chance schools (E2C) in Burkina Faso. She addressed several essential aspects, including the definition and purpose of "Second Chance/E2C", the importance of partnership in implementing the E2C approach, some strategies and modalities of collaboration, roles and responsibilities of stakeholders, criteria for recruiting teachers and learners, the composition and roles of COGES, teaching content and pedagogical approaches, and results achieved.

Experiences from Morocco

Two Moroccan speakers then enriched the debate. Omar Charik, from the Moroccan Forum for Adult Education and Secretary General of the NGO Astucide, presented an in-depth analysis of the approach and the E2C-NG (New Generation) model, which is enshrined in the framework of Law 51-17 and the 2015-2030 national strategic vision. He detailed the concept, objectives, implementation modalities, and integration perspectives offered by this model. Hassen Aghzer, Division Chief at the DENF, discussed the general context of school dropout and non-formal education (NFE) programs in Morocco. He also presented the E2C-NG program, its objectives, the pedagogical model, and the development prospects of E2C-NG centres.

The webinar was marked by fruitful exchanges between participants from both regions, resulting in pertinent recommendations to improve second chance initiatives. The interactions were numerous and enthusiastic, demonstrating the interest and commitment of participants to the issue of Second Chance Education.

In conclusion, the different were very pleased with the interest generated by this webinar and hope that these exchanges will help contribute to strengthening second chance initiatives across Africa.