Since the first activity of the Pro Electoral Integrity project in August 2022, we have supported the African Union in the creation of the strategy for including the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) in the school curricula and the creation of the school manual for African students.

After intense months of work, on June 27th, we supported the African Union (AU) in launching the pilot phase of the African Union Project for the Inclusion and Mainstreaming of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) in school curricula for the West African region. The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation supported this important activity via our Pro Electoral Integrity Project.

The event was held in Abidjan and saw the participation of the Minister of Education and Alphabetization of Ivory Coast, Ms Mariatoy Koné, the Minister of Education of Guinea-Bissau, Mr Herry Manè and the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Amb. Bankole Adeoye, the meeting was also attended by the ambassadors from the other West African countries based in Abidjan.

In her opening remarks, Julia Onnasch, our Head of Operations and Programme, underlined the important achievements of the collaboration between ECES and the AU in the project framework and the crucial role that the presented documents will have in shaping the African citizens of tomorrow.

At the end of the meeting, all participants agreed that Ivory Coast and Guinea-Bissau would be the countries where the manuals and guidelines will be integrated into the school curricula as a pilot programme.