Lawalley Cole is the Executive Director of the Coalition on Media and Education for Development Africa Forum (CAFOR). This is an NGO forum with various organizations, experts and individuals who are committed to ensuring that education systems in Africa are relevant to young Africans with newly acquired skills that correspond with what obtains in the labour market within the African continent. Lawalley Cole is a national of The Gambia and has about thirty years of progressively responsible experience in teaching, policy formulation and development planning, programme design, programme implementation, monitoring, research and evaluation, and other managerial areas mainly in the fields of education and communication for development. He has worked primarily in The Gambia, Mali, Zambia, and Burundi (for UNICEF as Chief of Education for fifteen years) and for the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) in Benin, Tunisia and Ethiopia for ten years as Coordinator, Communication for Education and Development. He is currently based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the African Union Commission Headquarters. Lawalley regularly contributes to the African debate on development issues and other general activities in Africa by providing active reflection on the educational quality and current issues in education in Africa as well as input in the area of professional expertise, while also promoting the use of communication in support of education in Africa.
Lawalley Cole has pursued masters’ and doctoral studies in Education and Business Administration at the University of Massachusetts (an AAI Alumnus) and Walden University. He also studied at Dar es Salaam University for a bachelor’s degree, the University of Franche-Compté in Besançon, France, Université du Bénin in Lomé, Togo, and Indiana University, USA.