Steering Group


The GAL Steering Group ensures the smooth functioning of the Alliance. It is composed of up to 10 ministers or their representatives from the 29 GAL countries, who serve for a maximum of two years.

More specifically, the functions of the GAL Steering Group are to:

  • provide strategic guidance on GAL’s objectives, strategic lines of action and activities;
  • ensure that national youth and literacy priorities and concerns from the 29 GAL countries inform the work of GAL;
  • monitor together with the GAL Secretariat the progress made in the implementation of GAL’s strategic activities;
  • undertake advocacy activities that strengthen political will and that mobilize and increase human and financial resources for GAL activities;
  • represent GAL at global and regional high-level meetings related to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
  • articulate a role for GAL in other existing and relevant global and regional networks;
  • promote and define GAL’s focus on SDG Target 4.6 and provide evidence of good practice within relevant policy-making processes at regional and national levels.

Co-chairs and members

The current co-chairs and members of the GAL Steering Group for 2021/22 are:
Benin: H.E. Mr Kouaro Yves Chabi, Minister of Secondary, Technical and Vocational Education
Côte d'Ivoire: H.E. Ms Mariatou Kone, Minister of National Education and Literacy
Egypt: H.E. Mr Reda Hegazy, Minister of Education and Technical Education

Represented by Mr Mohamed Yehia Nasef, Chair, Adult Education Authority

Liberia: H.E. Mr Ansu D. Sonii, Sr., Minister of Education

Represented by Mr Thomas Clarke, Director, Alternative Education, Ministry of Education

Nigeria: H.E. Mr Mallam Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education

Represented by Mr Simon Ibor Akpama, Exec. Secretary: National Commission for Mass Literacy and Adult Ed.

UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL)

Mr David Atchoarena, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL)


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