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Aïcha Bah Diallo and Carl Manlan discuss remaining challenges in the education system at WISE@Accra

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On 9 May MIF Prize committee member, Aïcha Bah Diallo, attended a one-day gathering that explored solutions in education for the future of the region under the theme ‘Unlocking the World’s Potential: Leading and Innovating for Quality Education in Africa’, held by the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Accra, Ghana. This is the fourth WISE@Accra regional forum convened in Ghana.

Mme Bah Diallo highlighted the crucial role of education in the empowerment of women, as she believes that:

higher education, in particular, gives women the opportunity to work in decent conditions and empowers them to participate and take leadership roles in community life.

2014 Ibrahim Fellow, Carl Manlan was also a speaker at the event and emphasised that in order to address the youth unemployment in Africa, we need to harness the skills of young people in the informal sector.

According to him:

Youth in our streets have entrepreneurship skills that can become case studies in our schools and universities. Developing that narrative will value their creativity, which is their best currency.

WISE@Accra brought over 500 local and international education practitioners, young innovators, entrepreneurs and many more to engage in debates on the African youth and the role of innovation in improving the quality of educational systems.