A quality higher education for all, the pending issue in the African continent and the commitment to reverse it

After accumulating more than 2 decades of experience helping Latin American institutions to develop higher education curricula, a company signed agreements in Africa that will facilitate the long-awaited ethnic diversity in knowledge, which international organizations are increasingly demanding: "they are ambitious agreements that will begin in 2023 for African integration in the international academic field”.

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Major educational projects, skills development and increased investment leveraging technology for education, were the main focus of Africa’s number one ministerial forum: Innovation Africa. This 10th anniversary edition of the summit was held from November 16 to 18 in Lusaka, Zambia, under the patronage of the Government of the Republic of Zambia and headed by the President, Hakainde Hichilema.

It is a no-brainer to say that to compete in a globalized world you need skilled workers, entrepreneurship and innovation, which is why the focus on knowledge capital rather than a greater emphasis on the accumulation of tangible resources is a key determinant of competitive advantage that editorial representatives puts within the reach of Africa.

“These meetings serve as a source of opportunities for service providers and investors, but above all they are generators of global associations to promote the practice of local content in the execution of projects throughout Africa,” said Enrique Gallego, Managing Director of Latin Fly and added “More than 24 leaders from African countries committed to key issues for the summit’s educational agenda, and we have a great deal of know-how to contribute.”

“These meetings serve as a source of opportunities for service providers and investors, but above all they are generators of global associations to promote the practice of local content in the execution of projects throughout Africa,” said Enrique Gallego, Managing Director of Latin Fly and added “More than 24 leaders from African countries committed to key issues for the summit’s educational agenda, and we have a great deal of know-how to contribute.”

Gallego also pointed out that among the topics discussed at Innovation Africa was digital transformation throughout the continent’s education sector, teacher training, possible digital strategies for school leaders, technological innovation and solutions to improve school connectivity. “Ensuring that countries produce skilled and innovative workers requires strategic curricula and strong pedagogy. Our purpose is to produce and distribute knowledge, making it a major factor in the competitiveness of African institutions by increasing competition and innovation in internal markets and international,” said Gallego, adding “to remain relevant and competitive in today’s knowledge-based economy, nations must rely on institutions like ours for the production of local knowledge.”

As branded partners, Latin Fly professionals exchanged ideas, needs and possible solutions with different delegations from more than 10 countries to sign different international cooperation agreements. “The summit and the agreements that were signed there provided an opportunity for African countries to fulfill this call to action, which is key as learning poverty has become even more pronounced in post-pandemic Africa,” he said. Lisandro Pacioni, executive director, who was also part of the entourage.

With more than 20 years of experience in the publishing world and representing the most prestigious publishing houses, from Latin Fly they know that they were summoned to Innovation Africa to promote content in the educational and professional segments and to manage contact networks at different levels. identifying local opinion leaders and potential authors since, with increasing force, the UN is pointing out and penalizing those publishers that have more than 70% American and white authors. “We want to be the channel to introduce ethnic diversity into knowledge, connecting our publishers with African academics who wish to publish, not only in scientific journals, but also in textbooks,” Gallego said.

Part of the hard work that Latin Fly professionals will have will be to classify the needs gathered in the different meetings with the delegations to make their resources available. “The learning materials that we can provide are of the highest international standards and are used in the most important university curricula in the world, which is why we are committed to creating a tailored curricula for each need,” stated Pacioni.

African authorities understood that publishing with large, reputable international publishers will gain them recognition on the global academic stage and a greater competitive advantage, while attracting new students and thus funding them.

Finally, it is worth clarifying that although some details remain to be adjusted, all the agreements signed are totally free, convinced that these interventions must be implemented as part of an international program for the recovery of learning that can also serve as a springboard to build more educational systems. effective, equitable and resilient.

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