The 5th African Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) Conference, Uganda; 14th to 16th October 2015

BACKGROUND
Regional Centres of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a unique global initiative that serves as a platform to facilitate stakeholders to implement holistic ESD strategies to address local sustainability challenges. RCEs bring together ESD stakeholders across knowledge, sectoral and geographical boundaries in a particular region, for information sharing, social learning and forming community of practice network. Since 2011 African RCEs have been holding annual continental meetings to deliberate issues related to capacity development, community-engaged research and implementation of collaborative ESD projects.

As enablers of multi-stakeholder engagement processes, RCEs in Africa have an important role to accelerate the search for sustainable solutions in local communities through ESD. African RCEs have integrated key ESD elements of knowledge, practical skills, perspectives, values and issues into their flagship programmes and other activities to transform education approaches and community livelihoods in their regions. The 2014 RCE conference in Windhoek Namibia advocated for a joint strategy and concrete actions aimed at positioning African RCEs in the post-2014 ESD agenda. The 5th Africa RCE conference therefore provides an opportunity for delegates to reflect on successes, challenges and opportunities of implementing ESD within an RCE perspective and how this will be championed in a post 2015 and in relation to the Global Action Plan (GAP) on ESD. The need to strengthen African RCEs as platforms for multi-stakeholder dialogue and cooperation is required to generate and scale up action in all areas of education and learning to accelerate progress towards sustainable development.