ECOWAS aims to harmonise education systems
ECOWAS intends to move towards stronger alignment of regional education systems and support the mutual recognition of diplomas and certificates from institutions within the region. Following an experts meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, education ministers endorsed a series of recommendations during a high-level meeting on 28-29 September in Lomé, Togo. They validated the ECOWAS Technical and Vocational Education Training Strategy for Skills Improvement and Employability (ETSSIE) and urged member states to continue to support and take ownership of the ECOWAS Nnamdi Azikiwe Academy Mobility Scheme (ENAAMS). The scheme aims to develop an academic mobility system for students and teachers (including those from the diaspora) and encourage institutions to put in place language immersion programmes to promote student and teacher mobility in the region. The scheme is named after Nigeria’s first president who was a journalist by training. The meeting was opened by the Togolese Minister of Higher Education and Research Octave Nicoué K. Broohm. ECOWAS Commissioner Hamidou Boly recalled that education is a vector of socio-economic and cultural development in the ECOWAS area. “We must move from physical and mineral resources to human capital,” he declared.