The main objective of the meeting is to conclude the achievements and lessons learnt in the implementation of the Phase I (2012-2016) of the CFIT project, as well as to launch the Phase II (2017-2018) of the CFIT project.
The first phase of UNESCO-China Funds-in-Trust (CFIT) project was launched in 2012 with the support of the Chinese government who donated a budget of $8 million for a duration of 4 years. The 8 project countries are: Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Namibia (2012 – 2015), Congo, DR Congo, Liberia, Tanzania, and Uganda (2013 –2016). The CFIT project is one of the initiatives of UNESCO to accelerate progress towards the attainment of Education for all goals, (in particular Goal 6 aiming at improving the quality of education) and the education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) (in particular Goal 2 to achieve universal primary education).
Phase II of CFIT project carries out from 2017 to 2018. In this phase, with two more countries (Togo and Zambia) joining the project. The aim of the project is to enhance the capacity of the target teacher training institutions in selected African countries to provide quality teacher education and training, in order to contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly Goal 4 on inclusive and equitable quality education (Target 4c on increasing the supply of qualified teachers through international cooperation for teacher training in developing countries), and Goal 9 on innovation.