ECCAS-UNICEF cooperation on high quality education, birth registration and data on children in central Africal'enregistrement des naissances et les données sur les enfants en Afrique centrale

27 March 2022
UNICEF delegation led by Deputy regional director in charge of WCARO and ECCAS delegation by the Comissionner in charge of gender promotion, human development and social affairs

Commissioner for Gender, Human and Social Development in the Economic Community of Central African States Mrs Yvette-Kapinga NGANDU hosted a delegation from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) led by Deputy Regional Director of the West and Central Africa Regional Office Félicité TCHIBINDAT in Libreville from 28 February to 4 March 2022.


Discussions focussed on the operationalisation of the joint ECCAS and UNICEF-West and Central Africa strategic plan.


This strategic plan focuses on three areas of cooperation: high-quality education that is inclusive and resilient; access to the birth registration services and birth certificates; and the generation and use of data.


During the meeting, the heads of both institutions noted the urgent need to produce an annual scorecard for the ECCAS region to monitor indicators for children's rights, carry out assessments to better understand the situation, inform decisions taken in these sectors, and support advocacy to protect and promote children's rights.


The priorities agreed by the two institutions for the next two years include consultations between countries to: draw up minimum standards for high-quality primary education; analyses of the effectiveness of investments in the education sector; documentation of good practices for providing access to birth certificates; and experience-sharing initiatives between countries.


All of these activities will facilitate decision-making processes and advocacy at high-level meetings in the member states or at regional events.

The partnership between the ECCAS and UNICEF aims to highlight the need to protect and promote all children's rights as capital that should be given priority in investment and development programmes in every country in Central Africa.  The 2022-2025 strategic plan was signed in Dakar on 8 February 2022 by the President of the Commission of the Economic Community of Central African States and the UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa.








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