Annual Conference 2012


Improving Equity in Education:
How to tackle access and transition issues in developing countries?

Brussels, 29 November 2012

The focus was on tackling major disadvantages -such as gender, socio-economic status and place of residence- that hamper the equitable distribution of schooling opportunities. More in particular the conference went into the issues of access to and transitions between school cycles: from early childhood to primary, from primary to secondary, from secondary to higher, but also the school-to-work transition.

The objective was to bring under discussion interventions, programs, measures and experiences for improving equity in access and transitions. Geographically seen, the spotlight was on Latin America, Sub Saharan Africa, North Africa and South East Asia.


8:30-9:00 Registration
  Plenary morning session
9:00-9:15 Welcome
9:15-10:35 Session 1
9:15-9:40 Extending education and training opportunities to disadvantaged children and youth: Key messages from the 2012 Education for All Global Monitoring Report 
- François Leclercq, member of UNESCO Global Monitoring Report Team
9:40-10:05 Gender equity in Sciences, Mathematics and Technology
Prof. Verdiana Masanja, National University of Rwanda
10:05-10:35 Discussion
10:35-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:20 Session 2
11:00-11:25 Success in Life for Urban At-Risk Youth
- Vilmi Durán, Gerente Promoción y Recaudaciones, NGO Muchachas y Muchachos con Don Bosco, Dominican Republic
11:25-11:50 Education progress in South Asia: The dynamics between access, equity and learning
- Lieke van de Wiel, Regional Education Advisor, Regional Office for South-Asia UNICEF
11:50-12:20 Discussion
12:20-13:30 Lunch
  Afternoon break-up sessions
There are 3 different sessions (see below), each of which will be held twice.
You can therefore attend 2 sessions.
13:30-15:20 Session 1 (break-up session A or B or C)
15:20-15:40 Coffee break
15:40-17:30 Session 2 (break-up session A or B or C)

From 17:30 onwards you'll be welcome at a reception.

Afternoon break-up sessions

There are 3 different sessions, each of which will be held twice. You can therefore attend 2 sessions.

Session A Equity in transition from ECCE to primary education
  The investment in Home Visit Programs in rural indigenous communities as a strategy to get through school
- J. Leonardo Yánez, Program Officer Bernard Van Leer Foundation
  Improving achievement in primary education through an integrated early childhood care and development approach: a case from Plan Cambodia 
- Hans De Greve, Research and Advocacy Advisor Plan Belgium
Session B Equity in transition from primary to secondary and from secondary to tertiary education
  Inequity in transition from primary to secondary education in Sub-Saharan Africa: example of Kenya
- Dr. Moses O’Ketch, Reader in Educational Planning and International Development, University of London
  The transition from primary education to secondary education in Ecuador
- Carlos Crespo, collaborator VVOB Ecuador (in Spanish, with English translation)
  Institutional and societal factors that impede or promote women access and participation in PhD Education: Case Study National University of Rwanda
- Prof. Verdiana Masanja, National University of Rwanda
Session C Equity in transition from education to the world of work
  Youth transition from education to work in the Mediterranean Region : the ETF experience with partner countries
- Francesca Rosso, Junior Specialist in Employment, European Training Foundation Operations
  Skilling India’s BPL youth ... and making sure they land a job
- Joseph Aikarchalil, National Director, DBTech
  The transition from education to work, a tool for guidance and improvement of education in the intervention area of the project FORAP NORD 
- Mohamed Azlal, Coresponsable du Projet FORAP NORD, BTC-CTB (in French, with English translation) 


Conference Centre Espace Jacqmotte, BTC-CTB
Hoogstraat 139 Rue Haute, 1000 Brussels


You can find all presentations of the conference here.