ADDIS ABABA, A partnership between the public and private sectors is crucial to the achievement of the strategic objectives of the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA), says the African Union (AU) Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, Dr Beatrice Njenga.

Opening the 15th International Conference on Private Higher Education in Africa here Tuesday, she said the Continental Education Strategy for Africa responded with the partnership of public and private educational institutions as the implementation of the CESA required all stakeholders to work in co-ordination to pursue the development of priority areas of education and human resource development.

According to the Commissioner, the annual conferences which had been organized at the initiative of St. Mary’s University for the past 15 years provided a valuable breeding ground for engagement between private and public educational institutions.

Ethiopian State Minister for Education Dr. Samuel Kifle said the need of education in Africa could not be achieved by public higher educational institutions working alone. Africa needs a partnership of public and private educational institutions to expand and ensure the quality of education, he added.

The president of St. Mary’s University in Addis Ababa, Associate Professor Wondwosen Tamrat, said ensuring the quality of higher education required the collaboration of both public and private institutions.

This conference is expected to increase the role of private and public educational institutions in improving quality education in Africa, he stressed.

More than 300 participants from public and private educational institutions in Africa are attending the three-day conference which is being held under the theme: Ensuring Quality through Public-Private Partnership/Regional Integration.