Paris, France, June 6, 2003:
Ahlin Byll-Cataria, Chair of the Association for the Development of
Education in Africa (ADEA), announced today in Nairobi the Prize winners
of the 2003 competition. This statement concludes two days of
deliberations by the jury of the Africa Education Journalism Award,
meeting at FAWE House (Forum of African Women Educationists), Nairobi.
The announcement was made in the presence of the Assistant Minister of
Kenya’s Ministry of education, Hon. Dr. Kilemi Mwiria.
For articles in English:
The first prize is awarded to Cornia Pretorius of South
Africa, for her article ‘The Writing’s on the Board’ featured in
Johannesburg-based The Sunday Times.
Second prize-winner is Pilirani Semu-Banda of Malawi for
her piece entitled ‘Education Standards in Malawi Continue to
Plummet’ published in The Nation, based in Blantyre
For articles in French:
The first prize goes to Daouda Mane and Mamadou Lamine
Badji from Senegal (first prize) for their article ‘Fuite des cerveaux
et remèdes du mal’ (Brain drain and remedies) published in Le Soleil,
based in Dakar.
The second prize goes to Sabrina Quirin from Mauritius for
her article, ‘Le centre Ste Famille, une alternative à la rue’ (The
Ste Famille Center, an alternative to the streets) published in Weekend,
based in Port-Louis.
The prize winners and the editors-in-chief of their publications will be
invited to undertake a study visit including seminars in Paris and
London. In addition, the first prize-winner in each language category
will receive a cash award of 2000 euros, while second place winners will
receive 1000 euros.
The Africa Education Journalism Award was initiated by the Association
for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) in connection with its
Working Group on Communication for Education and Development (COMED)
based in Cotonou, Benin. The objectives of the award are: to promote
communication and public debates on education issues in African
countries; to encourage the production of articles on education in the
press and to facilitate the creation of a network of African journalists
specializing in reporting education; to mobilize public support for
education through the media.
For this second edition, the jury, made up of renowned education
specialists and experienced journalists with in-depth knowledge of the
African continent, scrutinised 32 articles in French and 32 articles in
English according to agreed selection criteria. The 64 articles were
pre-selected from 419 entries. Submissions came from 38 countries versus
20 countries in 2002.
Encouraged by the increased level of participation in this second round,
ADEA plans to continue making the awards in the future. It will give
special attention to enhancing the editorial quality of articles on
education. While jury members have stated that the quality of entries
this year is better than last year’s, they still feel much can be done
to improve educational journalism in Africa.
ADEA’s Working Group on Communication for Education and
Development (COMED), based in the West African News Media and
Development Center (WANAD) is implemented with support from the World
Bank and the Norwegian Education Trust Fund. A major premise underlying
COMED is that information exchange and communication among partners are
essential to well-managed and efficient educational systems and to the
achievement of quality education for all. COMED is therefore designed to
help African countries establish structures able to conceive and
implement information and communication programs.
Given the key role of the mass media in disseminating information, COMED
gives special emphasis to training African journalists in how to report
education and development issues. So far, over 120 journalists and
communication officers from 30 countries have participated in COMED
workshops since 1999.
ADEA was created in 1988 to foster greater collaboration and
coordination between development agencies. Since then, the ADEA has
become an instrument for partnership between African Ministers of
Education and international funding agencies. It has evolved into a
structure designed to:
(i) reinforce African ministries’ leadership capacities as they work
with funding agencies; (ii) develop these agencies’ awareness that
their own practices should be adapted to the needs of nationally-driven
education policies, programs and projects; (iii) develop a consensus
between ministries and agencies on approaches to the major issues facing
education in Africa.
Central to ADEA’s philosophy is the belief that the responsibility for
educational development rests with national governments. Towards this
end, ADEA is endeavoring to foster a process that empowers African
ministries of education and makes funding agencies more responsive to
countries’ concerns and priorities. ADEA’s activities focus on
strengthening policy dialogue between governments and funding agencies,
between governments, and between development agencies. It also strives
to strengthen institutional capacities within Africa through developing
technical skill, setting up networks to exchange information and
encouraging the sharing of successful strategies, innovations and
For further information, you may
Thanh-Hoa Desruelles, Communication and
Publications Officer, ADEA.
in Paris: Tel: +33/ (0)145 03 7769; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pascal Hoba, Communication Consultant, ADEA
in Paris: Tel: +33/ (0)145 03 7768; e-mail: email@example.com
Professor Opubor, Acting Coordinator, ADEA Working Group on
Communication for Education and Development in Africa, WANAD Center
in Cotonou: +229/31 34 54; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org