The Pan-African Conference of the African Association of Veterinary Education Establishments (2A2E-V) was held on the 25th to 27th July 2018, at Safir Hotel, Cairo Egypt. It was held back to back with the Pan-Africa Conferences on veterinary statutory bodies and agribusiness networks of women and youth in the livestock sector.
The theme of the Conference was "unifying Africa to drive a more dynamic and inclusive animal resources sector for a prosperous future".
The Meeting of the Association of the Veterinary Education Establishments was attended by 77 representatives from 51 Veterinary Faculties, Colleges and Schools from 25 African Union Member States coming from all the 5 Regions of Africa. Representatives from Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Regional Office for Africa, COMESA and World Animal Protection also participated in the Conference.
The Conference was preceded by a meeting of a Task force comprising of 30 representatives from the VEEs who prepared various documents for consideration by the General Assembly.
The Pan-African conference on veterinary education establishments, veterinary statutory bodies and agribusiness networks of women and youth in the livestock sector was officially opened by the Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, H.E. Prof Dr. Ezz El Din Abostate. The Opening Ceremony was also graced by the Director of AU-IBAR, Prof Ahmed Elsawalhy who read a statement on behalf of the Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture, Her Excellency Josefa Sacko.
The Minister thereafter launched the following associations and Networks:
- Association of Veterinary Education Establishments (2A2E-V)
- Association of African Veterinary Statutory Bodies (2AVSB)
- African youth in livestock, fisheries and aquaculture incubation network (AYL-FAIN)
- African women in animal resources farming and agribusiness network (AWARFA-N)
During the launch ceremony, the President of the 2A2E-V, Prof Yalace Kaboret, elaborated the Vision of 2A2E-V and thereafter introduced the Members of the Executive Committee of 2A2E-V:
- Prof Hany Youssef Hassan-1st Vice-President
- Prof Dietmar Holm-2nd Vice-President
- Prof Ndichu Maingi -Secretary General
- Prof Jeanne Ngogang -Treasurer
- Prof Clement B.I. Alawa - Member
- Prof Pyana Pati Patient - Member
- Prof Tadele Tolosa - Member
- Prof Bouyoucef Abdallah - Member
- Prof King S. Nalubamba - Member
Objectives of the Meeting
The overall objective of the Pan-African Conference on VEEs was to promote information sharing for quality veterinary Education, training and research and to launch the African Association of Veterinary Education Establishments (2A2E-V)
While the specific Objectives were:
- To enhance networking, sharing of information, experiences and good practices among the VEEs in Africa
- To create a common understanding of the context, objectives and scope of 2A2E-V.
- To review and adopt the Vision, Mission and objectives of 2A2E-V.
- To review and adopt the Statutes (Governance) of the 2A2E-V.
- To review and adopt the rules and procedures for election of the Executive Committee and the Office bearers.
- To elect the Executive Committee (EXCO) Members and Office bearers.
- To launch the African Association of Veterinary Education Establishments.
- Agree on the Post Cairo Road Map.
- To agree on a draft programme for resource mobilization.
During the three days meeting the Conference participant discussed and exchanged views on the following:
- AU-IBAR interventions in supporting coherence and alignment of animal resources development efforts in Africa
- The background, rationale and objectives of the 2A2E-V initiative
- The Statutes of the African Association of Veterinary Education Establishments and election rules and guidelines
- Objectives, Activities and Milestones of the Council on International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME). Proposal and adoption of the alternate nominee for the CIVME Africa representative.
- Technology and Innovation in Africa
- Public and private partnerships in support of quality veterinary education and training. Disparities in the facilities available at VEEs and the need to mobilise resources/effective partnerships to improve facilities for teaching and research and community services at VEEs.
- Experiences, Lessons learned and best practices, levels and options of practical training and industry linkages in Veterinary Education (case studies in seven (7) VEEs from the five (5) regions of Africa.
- Opportunities for VEEs in providing leadership in Animal welfare matters through curricula reforms and advocacy.
- Integrating disaster risk reduction and animal welfare into the veterinary curriculum and livestock extension education
- Improving Veterinary Curricular and research to inculcate the prudent use of antimicrobials by veterinary professionals and combating of Antimicrobial Resistance
- Harnessing the power of ICT in veterinary training and Education and community service
- The 2A2E-V resource mobilization including 2A2E-V project concept note.
Following fruitful deliberations and considering
- The important role played by animal resources in supporting livelihoods, nutritional and food security, resilience and socio-economic development.
- The need to adapt the veterinary curricula to meet the needs of the animal resources industry and the society.
- The role that formal partnerships and staff/student mobility play in enhancing quality of teaching, education and research in VEEs.
- The variability of the veterinary curricula across countries and institutions and the need to align to international standards.
- That the specific focus for veterinary needs may vary across countries.
- The need to enhance the quality of delivery of veterinary content and integration of ICT in delivery.
- The need to inculcate quality culture among veterinary educators and the absence of a specific continental framework on quality assurance for veterinary education.
- The need to reform the veterinary curricula to address emerging issues and societal concern (animal welfare, antimicrobial resistance, disaster risk management) and needs.
- The needs to enhance networking of 2A2E-V with other networks such as the Council on International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME).
The Conference agreed as follows:
- To adopt the statutes for the Association as presented with modifications as discussed.
- To reform training programs to reflect the needs of the industry and the Society addressing concerns and emerging issues and technologies such as, ICT, AMR, Animal welfare, Disaster Risk management among others.
- To support the global efforts to keep the world rinderpest free through retaining rinderpest as one of the important TADs in the Curriculum and safe keeping of Rinderpest containing Materials at AU-PANVAC in Addis Ababa.
- Strengthen Quality Assurance systems in veterinary education establishments (continental, regional and national levels) and work towards the establishment of a continental framework.
- To work towards harmonisation of the veterinary Curricula in VEEs through development of a Continental framework on harmonisation of curriculum.
- To develop the African standards for Veterinary curriculum and training to support free movement of trained professionals.
- To support the twining programme for Veterinary Education Establishments in Africa;
- To enhance networking of 2A2E-V with other networks and associations such as the Council on International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME).
- Adopt the 2A2E-V project concept note as presented with slight modifications to take into account as few missing points as outlined in the objectives of the Association and also prioritize the activities that were outlined in the fiche. Further agreed to engage parent Ministries and governments in VEEs countries.
- To establish a databases for Veterinary Colleges/veterinary schools/faculties initially to be housed in the Animal Resources Information System (ARIS) at AU-IBAR.
- To enhance effort for resource mobilization to enhance effectiveness and sustainability of 2A2E-V.
- To adopt the post-Cairo road map.
The participants of the 2A2E-V Conference thanked the Government and people of the Arab Republic of Egypt for hosting the Conference and for the good hospitality and AU-IBAR for Organizing the Conference and European Union for the financial support through the Sustainable Livestock for Livelihoods project (Live2Africa).