Belgium launches project for better teacher training in Africa

Belgium plans to invest 4 million euros in teacher training in Africa. According to Development Cooperation minister Caroline Gennez, this will have a positive impact on wider society. There will be a particular emphasis on the importance of climate education, digitalisation and gender equality.

Development agency Enabel will be in charge of implementing Teach2Empower, a European project aimed at improving the quality of education in Africa. The project will provide training to teachers so that about 25,000 pupils receive a better education. Teach2Empower also hopes to counter the growing teacher shortage. By 2030, it is expected there will be a shortfall of more than 1 million teachers in Africa.

Belgium will also provide expertise and share its experience in the fields of climate, digitalisation and gender equality. The investment will not only serve knowledge acquisition but also improve society by giving young people the prospect of better jobs and higher wages so they live healthier lives and marry and have children at a later age. 

Gennez, of Flemish socialist party Vooruit, announced the project on Thursday at an event in Brussels organised by the Belgian EU presidency and the European Commission.


Caroline Gennez at a press conference in February | © BELGA PHOTO JAMES ARTHUR GEKIERE

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