Outgoing Executive Director

Posted Friday October 09, 2015 by Africa Educational Trust

Outgoing Executive Director


AET has extended a fond farewell to our outgoing Executive Director, Sara Cottingham.

Reflecting on AET’s progress during her three year tenure, Sara said:

We work in conflict affected areas where educational needs are greatest, where women and girls are at the greatest disadvantage and where development assistance is lacking.

We have learnt to work in a conflict sensitive way that puts long term system change and developing relationships between education stakeholders before short term outputs/service delivery.

Our strategies work well in fragile and risk-prone environments because do not come with our own agenda. Instead, we work with local partners and especially with governments, respecting their own aspirations to rebuild all levels of formal education in the country.

Our support to teacher training and the materials we help to develop aim to address social issues positively and directly, including gender, disability, FGM, the environment, child rights, peace and reconciliation.

The Chair of the Board of Trustees, Sally Healy, recorded the appreciation of the Trustees for all that Sara had achieved in taking AET forward.

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