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DAY 1 | 31st October 2023

Time (UTC+2)
08:30 – 09:30
Coffe and Registration
Registration to open on 30th October 2023 to accommodate delegates who arrive early.
09:30 – 10:30
Official Opening
10:00 – 11:00Health Break
11:00 – 13:00
Plenary Session
  • Progress report on FL in Zambia – Ministry of Education, Zambia
  • Prioritizing foundational learning in Africa – ADEA and Partners
  • Ministerial response to presentations
  • Audience Q&A
  • Session wrap-up
  • Overview of afternoon session
13:00 – 14:00Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:00
Parallel Session 1
Closed session (Ministers, Senior officials and Country partners) – Continental priorities to develop a foundational learning plan of action
Parallel Session 2
Country-level experiences – How can countries develop national FL strategies to ensure all children are equipped with foundational literacy, numeracy, and socio-emotional skills?
15:00 – 15:30Health Break
15:30 – 17:00
Roundtable discussion: Insights from nationwide scaling of foundational learning programs. 
This session looks at government and implementer perspectives on how Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) and Structured Pedagogy (SP) programs have been adapted and embedded into national agendas. 
It focuses on the role of TaRL and SP in improving foundational learning outcomes and the importance of focusing on, and planning for, scale.
  • Lessons from Zambia and Côte d’Ivoire or Madagascar in implementing contextualized versions of TaRL (implementing partner and government).
  • Lessons from Senegal and Kenya in implementing contextualized versions of SP (implementing partner and government).
  • Audience Q&A and session wrap-up.  
18:00 – 20:00
Ministers Dinner
Objectives of the dinner: 
  • Take stock of what has happened so far (at TES, Triennale, FL Ministerial Coalition meetings, etc. 
  • Highlight, celebrate and learn from success. 
  • Prepare for the African Union's Year of Education (AUYoE) and create a roadmap for the reconvening after AUYoE.  
For forum participants

DAY 2 | 1st November 2023

The second day is dedicated to a teacher-centric theme, including during the school visits. The aim of the visits is to gain practical understanding of the role of teachers in the Zambia Catch Up programme. Focus is on observing real-world practices and conditions, and considering how these observations might inform future actions and decisions related to teachers and foundational learning. This approach allows for a deeper exploration of the teacher issues (in-service training, professional status of teachers, and recruitment and retention of early learning teachers) and the subsequent development of actionable recommendations for the Foundational Learning Plan of Action.

Time (UTC+2)
08:30 – 13:00
Interactive visits to schools to observe the Zambia Catch-Up Programme.
  • This includes observing how teachers are implementing the programme, the support and resources they have, their interaction with students, and the teaching methodologies employed.
  • Groups then have on-site discussions and reflections after the school visit, focusing on the role of teachers in the Zambia Catch-Up Programme.  
13:00 – 14:00Lunch Break
14:00 – 14:30
Report-back from the school visits
The session will be used to summarize the key observations and insights from the school visits, with a particular emphasis on the role of teachers in the Zambia Catch-Up Programme
14:30 – 15:40
Panel discussion: Supporting teachers in Africa to improve Foundational Learning.
  • Focus on teachers and delve deeper into broader teacher-related issues such as teacher training and professional development, teacher recruitment and retention, and the role of teachers in implementing foundational learning programmes like the Zambia Catch-Up Programme
  • The role of structured lesson plans, practical preparation, and assessment to improve instruction.
  • Session wrap-up  
15:40 – 16:15Health Break
16:15 – 17:00Presentation of recommendations and agreement on the way forward.
18:00 – 20:00
ADEA Interim General Assembly
Closed Session