The SDGs have replaced the MDGs and yet the African continent continues to lag behind others in education supply and quality. This panel seeks to explore ways for collective impact between all stakeholders in education systems to improve the quality of education the average African child receives.
Dignitas: Co-Founder; Senior Advisor
Tiffany is a widely-recognized education leader in Kenya where she brings valuable international and local experience. As the Founding Executive Director at Dignitas, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering educators to transform education in Kenya, she spearheaded efforts impacting school quality for tens of thousands of children in several Nairobi informal settlements and beyond. Externally, she influenced funding priorities of leading multilateral organizations such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department for International Development (DFID) to invest heavily in informal settlements.
At Dignitas, she led the design and development of the prestigious Leadership Institute, a selective program designed to provide high-quality training to principals and teachers working in community-based schools. Through the Leadership Institute, Tiffany worked with numerous stakeholders including over 40 partner schools, 500 teachers and principals, impacting more than 14,000 children in the Mathare Valley, Kawangware and Kangemi communities.
Prior to founding Dignitas, Tiffany worked at Harvard University as a researcher with the Public Education Leadership Project studying leadership and organizational change in partnership with urban school districts. Her case studies on entrepreneurial efforts in the education sector have been published in books and used in graduate courses in business and education at Harvard and Stanford University. Tiffany began her career as a teacher, admissions counselor, and school developer in Oakland public schools and later worked in Boston public schools. She has consulted on a number of youth-led and faith-based organizing activities promoting education equity in urban communities, advised several education and women-focused NGOs, and spoken at numerous conferences and universities in India and North America. Tiffany holds an Ed.M. in School Leadership from Harvard University and a B.A. in Psychology from Wellesley College.
Delphia Resources: Education Specialist in Conflict Areas
Abimbola Fayomi is the Program Coordinator of the Safe Schools Initiative. The Safe Schools Initiative serves to urgently protect hundreds of schools across Nigeria, starting with schools in North-Eastern Nigeria from future attacks and kidnaps. The Safe School Initiative targets two key areas: 1). Halting interruptions in the school calendar and educational programs. 2) Providing secured environments for school children, particularly, girls to learn. The Safe School Initiative has transferred over 2000 children from the North-eastern parts of Nigeria to safer areas of the country, so that they can have continuing education. In addition, innovative education strategies have been implemented for other children who have been displaced from their homes and communities.
Abimbola was raised in 6 countries including Nigeria, Brazil, China, Zimbabwe, South Korea and USA. With her diverse background, she has realized that education is the foundation for development, impact, and providing solutions in our global community. Prior to joining the Safe Schools Initiative, Abimbola worked for a Fortune 50 Aerospace company for many years in Connecticut and Philadelphia. Abimbola holds a B.S in Accounting from Liberty University, Virginia and an MBA from Howard University, Washington D.C
Open Learning Exchange: Chief Executive Officer; Chairman
Dr. Richard Rowe is Chairman and CEO of the Open Learning Exchange, Inc. (OLE). He received his B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, an M.A. in Psychology of Religion from Boston University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University in Clinical Psychology. A licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts, he has served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, as Director of Harvard’s interfaculty Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and Public Practice and as Chair of Harvard’s Center for Studies in Education and Development.
Richard has been Director of the Test Development and Research Office of the West African Examinations Council and has served as a member of the Massachusetts State Board of Education, Chair of the Statewide Advisory Council for the Massachusetts Office for Children, as Chair of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education and as President of the One Laptop Per Child Foundation. He is on the Board of the Small Planet Institute and is the Publisher of the Small Planet Media.
PEAS: Chief Executive Officer
John Rendel is the founder and CEO of PEAS, a rapidly growing and multiple award winning social enterprise that widens access to secondary education in Africa. John studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at New College, Oxford. A trip during a university vacation to East Africa led John to found a low-fee, not-for-profit secondary school in Uganda. John has gone on to win the Teach First Ambassador Award, an Unltd Social Enterprise Award, to become a member of the Courvoisier Future 500 and the Rockefeller Top One Hundred Next Century Innovators. PEAS has won the UK Charity Awards and the WISE Global Innovation Awards. From February 2017, PEAS will be educating 1.3% of all secondary school students in Uganda.
Baobab Consulting: Founding Manager
Liz graduated from Harvard with her M.Ed. in International Education Policy and from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Communications and International Studies. As a communications professional, Liz launched a social venture teaching students and young professionals in Senegal how to use the internet to develop 21st century skills. Most recently, she has worked for Tostan, holding several leadership roles in communications, training, and social enterprise development, including Senior Strategic Relations Manager of the Tostan Training Center. Presently, she is launching her own firm, Baobab Consulting, with a mission to promote mutual understanding and equitable collaboration between the US and Africa. Liz’s experience includes advanced studies of youth, internet and development in Cameroon, as well as teaching at an International Baccalaureate high school in Dakar, Senegal. She has worked on education issues in Uganda, Chad, Gambia, Guinea, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau, and Mali, and consulted for UNESCO, UNICEF, UNHCR, the Ministry of Higher Education of Senegal, and NGOs.