African Deans of Education Forum

ADEF meeting, 22 August 2017


The Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria, South Africa, took the initiative in 2013 to establish a platform for African deans of education. An informal structure under the leadership of Prof Irma Eloff (UP Dean at the time) was established, with the University of Pretoria hosting the Secretariat of the Forum.

The ADEF was launched in July 2013 at the DETA 2013 Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

The ADEF has been granted a membership of UNESCO’s International Task Force on Education for All (EFA) on 22 May 2015. The Forum has an important role to play in terms of Global Goal #4 for Quality Education.


The purpose of the Forum is to facilitate dialogue on critical issues in teacher education among the leadership of African faculties of education.


Prof Irma Eloff Prof Cyprien Niyomugabo

Prof Irma Eloff
ADEF Chairperson
Faculty of Education
University of Pretoria
South Africa

Prof Cyprien Niyomugabo
School of Education
University of Rwanda-College of Education


Prof Irma Eloff, ADEF Chairperson, Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria, and Prof Cyprien Niyomugabo, Dean, School of Education, University of Rwanda-College of Education, Rwanda invite all heads of institutions/deans of faculties of education in Africa to attend this fourth Pan-African initiative.


Programme information

Theme Revitalizing the teaching profession

22 August 2017

Time 12:00: Welcoming lunch
14:00 to 17:00: Deliberations
Venue University of Rwanda-College of Education, Kigali, Rwanda

Distinguished guest

Professor Asha Singh Kanwar

Freda Wolfenden
Academic Director for TESS-India
Open University, UK


Early bird $US 370 / R4 900 Early bird closes on 31 May 2017. You can regsiter now.
After early bird

$US 400 / R5 300

From 1 June 2017
The cost of ADEF alone is $US 50 / R700

Participants should kindly note that the registration for ADEF is separate and it is by cash upon arrival at the conference venue. ADEF delegates who would like to attend the DETA conference should register separately online for this.


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