The All-Africa Students Union (AASU) has been hosting the Africa Students and Youth Summit for the last five (5) years. This year's Summit, being the 6th of its kind, is under the theme "A Holistic Approach To Quality Assurance In African Higher Educational Institutions - Pragmatic Interventions By The Supply And Demand Actors" and is scheduled to take place at Accra, Ghana from August 18 to August 25, 2017.
The relevance of this year's Summit is hinged on recent trends that suggest that the issues of access, equity, relevance, comparability and cost of Higher Education are becoming the key talking points at high level dialogues and acknowledged now as having the impetus to drive national development. But why? It is has become the mainstay of today that quality has to be at all levels especially at the Higher Education level.
Why is this Summit Relevant?
The revised Arusha Convention, approved in 2013, is picking up swing for ratification, domestication and implementation. The contents show a much greater prospect for harmonization and equivalences of educational content, comparability of qualifications, and mobility of students and academics.
The students of the Continent will be aiming to play crucial roles in implementing and making key recommendations along the way for continual improvement of the systems and processes for the attainment of academic mobility and international and regional cooperation on higher education.
Perspectives shared at the Summit will be conscripted “THE ACCRA DECLARATION - QAHE”. This Declaration will serve as a blueprint for students’ and employers’ involvement in Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Africa.
The Summit, which is being staged in Accra in Ghana, will embrace technical experts, industry players and participants across the Continent, with greater emphasis on students and youth, who constitute the bulge of the continent's population and are seen as strategic partners in the development efforts of the African Continent.