Africa has an education crisis. Children across the continent are not ready for future jobs as a result of the outdated curriculum in use in many of its schools.

Although there’s been significant progress with enrolment, there’s not been a parallel increase in learning. Experts have described this as a learning crisis. According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 202 million children and adolescents in Sub-saharan Africa are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics. 

The implication is that as children move through the school system and into the world of work, they lack the skills they need to get jobs or in other cases start a business. The emergence of exponential technologies including artificial intelligence and robotics complicates the problem. These require a new set of skills that the school system in many parts of Africa is not equipped to deliver.

Startups and organizations including Decagon and STEM Cafe are filling the gap left by an outdated curriculum to prepare young people for the jobs of the future. On the other end of the spectrum, a number of innovators are working to solve the challenges of basic access to education and skills training including funding. 

However, for there to be any significant impact on education in Africa, solutions helping more people get an education and skills as well as those attempting to improve learning outcomes must happen at scale and very quickly so. 

At our next townhall this November, we are hosting key stakeholders including regulators and government agencies, investors, entrepreneurs, NGOs, social enterprises and schools to discuss the impact of technology on education today and the ways it is changing the way Africans work.

Why you should attend

  • The event will provide deep insights into the sector and set an agenda for future growth.
  • It will offer newcomers to the sector and players in adjacent sectors insight into what the most influential startups are doing.
  • Smaller startups in this space will get to hear the biggest investors speak about what they value they look for as they make their investment decisions.
  • Investors will find a rich gathering of the most innovative up and coming startups in the space showcasing their solutions.
  • And regulators will have the opportunity to speak with the biggest players and investors, directly sharing knowledge about their concerns, what they need for success and what will convince them to invest even more money in these sectors.

Confirmed Speakers

Solape Hammond
Acting Commissioner, Wealth Creation & Employment, Lagos State Government

Solape Hammond is the Special Adviser on SDGs and Investments as well as Acting Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Lagos State Government.

She is the co-founder of Impact Hub Lagos, where she worked with entrepreneurs to accelerate their businesses, as well as on ecosystem initiatives such as hackathons, innovation roundtables and ecosystem studies. She also serves as the Chairperson of KHAN Regenesis, a not-for-profit organization focused on bringing positive change to the vocational sector, particularly as relates to construction.

Tolu Agunbiade
General Manager - Nigeria, ALX

Tolu Agunbiade is the General Manager for Nigeria at ALX, a leadership and talent development platform for the top 5% of professional talent globally.

With over 10 years of experience designing effective learning experiences across various sectors, Tolu is passionate about filling the gap between what schools teach and what the world needs. Before ALX, she was a faculty member at the African Leadership University where she headed up the Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Leadership programs. 

Kola Aina
Founder, Ventures Platform & Chairman, Edu Platforms

Kola Aina is the Founding Partner at Ventures Platform and Chairman at e-learning provider, Edu Platforms. Kola has led investments in about 28 companies including edtech company, ProTeach Nigeria.

Kola, founded the enterprise technology company Emerging Platforms Limited, 9 years ago, quickly growing it to become one of the leading technology service delivery companies and leaders in the e-learning space in West Africa providing services to over 100,000 students.


Faiz Bashir

Faiz Bashir is the CEO of FlexiSAF. Founded in 2010, FlexiSAF currently helps over 500 schools to automate their processes. Faiz supports and create opportunities for out-of-school children and improves the quality of education using technology under the FlexiSAF Foundation platform.

Gossy Ukanwoke
Founder, Beni American University & President, Edutech

Gossy Ukanwoke is a Higher Education Investor, Founder at Beni American University and is widely recognized globally for his support and contributions to the growth of education technology. In June 2016 he was named one of the Makers and Shakers of EdTech by WISE and Qatar Foundation. Gossy is the President of EduTech, a Technology Company focused on helping African traditional universities take their on-campus degree programs online.

Bunmi Lawson

Bunmi Lawson is the MD/CEO of EDFIN Microfinance Bank Limited. EDFIN prides itself as the first specialized Education Microfinance Bank with unique and well-researched products and services tailored to cater to the needs of its customers and the Education Ecosystem by facilitating a more enabling environment for private schools to offer quality education that will guarantee improved learning outcomes among learners.

Seyi Ladejobi
Head of Employability, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund

Seyi Ladejobi currently Heads the Employability team at LSETF. She is responsible for the implementation of the $4million Lagos State Employability Support Project in partnership with UNDP, the $10million Employability Programme in partnership with USADF amongst other programs. Under her leadership, the program has trained over 5,000 youths across various skills and placed over 53% in jobs and on the entrepreneurship track.

Femi Taiwo
Executive Director, LEAP Africa

Femi Taiwo currently serves as the Executive Director of LEAP Africa- one of Africa’s leading youth- focused and youth-led leadership development organisation. In this role, he oversees the organization’s administration, fundraising, strategy implementation and programme delivery in six African countries.

LEAP Africa runs a number of programmes that train teachers and student leaders.

Chika Nwobi
Founder, Decagon

Chika Nwobi is the founder of Decagon where a corps of world-class Nigerian software engineers are being equipped with the skills to fuel the growth of the African technology ecosystem. Before Decagon, Chika has been involved in incubating over 20 startups including Babybliss – Nigeria’s top omnichannel platform for mom and baby, Jobberman  – Nigeria’s largest online job board (sold to Ringier) and Cheki – Africa’s largest online cars marketplace. 

Dayo Koleowo
Partner, Microtraction

Dayo Koleowo is a Partner at Microtraction; an early-stage micro VC backing and supporting remarkable African tech entrepreneurs at the earliest stages of their businesses. Microtraction’s portfolio companies include edtech company Schoolable. Prior to joining Microtraction, he was a co-founder of a meal ordering platform and an alumnus of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program by the Tony Elumelu Foundation.

Dimeji Falana
CEO/Co-founder, Edves
Dimeji Falana is the CEO/Cofounder, Edves, full-stack Software Developer with over 10-year experience in Edtech.
Edves is a platform that automates school operations allow School Administrators, Teachers, and Parents to collaborate on Kids Education. Edves is one of the leaders in this segment with over 470 schools signed up in 17 states across Nigeria. It won the Global Edtech Prize in 2018 at Seedstars World Summit in Switzerland.
Folawe Omikunle
CEO, Teach for Nigeria

Folawe Omikunle is the Chief Executive Officer of Teach For Nigeria, a non-profit organization that recruits university graduates and working professionals to serve as full-time teachers in Nigeria’s most under-served schools. She has experience in the nonprofit sector with an emphasis on promoting equal educational opportunities for all children. She leads the Basic Education Committee of the Human Capital Development Commission at the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG).

Emmanuel Emechete
Regional Focal Point (SDG8), United Nations’ Major Group for Children and Youth (UNMGCY)

Emmanuel Emechete is a Regional Focal Point (SDG8) for the United Nations’ Major Group for Children and Youth (UNMGCY) and an advocate for the Global School Program, by the UN Sustainable Development Solution Network (SDSN).

He is the lead consultant at An-ointed Consult (anointedconsult.com.ng) a business and career firm; with an aim to help young Nigerians achieve their business and career goals.

Anna Ekeledo
Executive Director, AfriLabs

Anna Ekeledo is the Executive Director of AfriLabs, a pan-African network of 174 tech hubs in 45 African countries; leading AfriLabs to develop programmes and building partnerships that support innovation hubs and other stakeholders raise high potential entrepreneurs that stimulate economic growth and social development in Africa. Also, she is the Regional Innovation Lead – Africa at the EdTech Hub – the world’s largest education technology research and innovation project which seeks to help improve education technology in developing countries.

Damilola Emuze
Cofounder/COO, ScholarX

Damilola Emuze is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of ScholarX an education financing startup, experienced in sales and marketing strategies, business analysis and market research and development. She is skilled in operational management, with a demonstrated ability to consistently increasing return on investments to the
through business development functions.

Tayo Olaniyan
Nigeria Adaptation Manager, Ubongo Kids

Tayo Olaniyan is the Nigeria Adaptation Manager at Ubongo Kids, an animated educational TV series produced in Tanzania that teaches kids STEM skills. Tayo combines his interest in instructional learning design and flair for languages to bring Ubongo to more children throughout Nigeria and West Africa by making Ubongo content accessible in the main languages spoken in Nigeria.

Jadesola Adedeji

Jadesola Adededji is the CEO of STEM METs. Together with her friend, late Dr Funmi Ogunwuyi, STEM METS
was founded in 2013. The company runs 2 award-winning, international STEM programs – Bricks4kidz and The Little Engineer in Nigeria and has impacted over 8000 learners since its inception.

Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji
Founder, The Rise Labs/CEO, Passnownow

Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji is the Founder of the Rise Labs, a Data Science Powered Learning, Research and Work Readiness Centre. They designed and built the first Job bot in Nigeria which was listed as part of the AI Mentoring in the Workplace Working Group of the UN AI for Good Project in March 2019. Their flagship project, Passnownow.com is a mobile learning portal with access to curriculum-based education content with standardized assessments and exam review questions in digital format distributed via web and mobile to underserved high School Students and Teachers across sub-Saharan Africa.


Check out the agenda for the event here.

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