Educators from across Africa gathered from December 6 – 8 in Dakar, Senegal, for a workshop addressing issues relating to national learning assessment systems in sub-Saharan Africa. The event was organized by the Teaching and Learning: Educators’ Network for Transformation (TALENT) in collaboration with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). TALENT is a task team supporting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4 and Education 2030 in West and Central Africa.
The workshop began with overviews of the Global Partnership for Education’s Assessment for Learning (A4L) initiative and the work of TALENT. There was also an overview of SDG 4, with a specific emphasis on the role of assessment.
Next came a session on understanding learning assessment systems, followed by a series of knowledge sharing sessions. Some sessions provided an overview of international/regional and multi-country assessment systems and experiences of building national assessment systems in sub-Saharan Africa. Other sessions identified specific areas of need relating to assessment, such as classroom assessment, large-scale system-level assessment, using assessment data and more.