Discover the different CONFEMEN bodies:

  • Ministerial Conference
  • The office
  • The network of national correspondents
  • The Administrative Committee
  • Working groups
  • The PASEC scientific committee



The Ministers of Education of CONFEMEN member states and governments meet every two years to combine their efforts for universal primary education by addressing the challenges of access, equity and quality of their system. educative.

The Ministerial Conference is the decision-making body of CONFEMEN. Its role is to guide education policies in countries with French in common through decisions and recommendations in order to integrate education systems at the heart of social and economic development processes. At this Conference, Ministers of Education should:

  • Discuss issues relating to the evaluation of national education systems and study the experiments carried out or to be carried out in liaison with international organizations aiming for objectives similar or complementary to those of CONFEMEN;
  • Decide on the orientation axes of the education-training programming submitted for the approval of the Summits;
  • Decide on the intersessional program of activities prepared by the Bureau;
  • Pronounce on issues that will have been studied by ad hoc working groups (on request);
  • Examining the activity reports of the outgoing President and the Secretary General of the Permanent Technical Secretariat;
  • Review the report of the Bureau meeting;
  • Review membership applications;
  • Decide on the renewal of the Bureau of the Conference.

List of ministers


CONFEMEN is made up of ministers of French-speaking states and governments responsible for education and training at the various levels of education.

“The Conference of Ministers of Education of the States and Governments of the Francophonie (CONFEMEN) proceeds from a common will of cooperation of the participating countries to clearly define the objectives and rigorously organize the means with a view to the adequate integration of the systems national educational institutions in the process of economic and social development. CONFEMEN thus constitutes a structure for information, reflection and consultation between Ministers of Education”. (Source: article 3 of the CONFEMEN statutes)

The member ministers of CONFEMEN meet during a biennial conference and share information which will focus in particular on the evolution of education systems, national reforms in progress or envisaged, the difficulties encountered, the positive results recorded. The resulting recommendations may lead to operations specific to CONFEMEN or to actions to be carried out in cooperation with regional or international organizations with similar or complementary objectives. Consultation should enable member ministers to develop common positions to be put forward in the bodies of international organizations, in particular those of La Francophonie.

Any State or government of which French is the official language, working language or language of communication, may apply for admission as a full member of CONFEMEN. The member ministers decide, during the Ministerial Conference, on the applications for membership that they receive during the intersession. The quality of Member State or government is lost by a resignation notified to the president in office or by exclusion pronounced by the Conference and notified by the president to the country concerned.

Also, any state or government of which French is the official language, working language or language of communication, may be admitted as an observer to the work of CONFEMEN, either upon request addressed to the current president, or at the invitation of the country. host.

Here is the list of ministers of CONFEMEN member states and governments:

M. Salimane KARIMOU Benin Minister of Nursery and Primary Education
M. Krasimir VALCHEV Bulgaria Minister for Education and Science
M. Stanislas OUARO Burkina Faso Minister of National Education, Literacy and Promotion of National Languages
Professor Gaspard BANYANKIMBONA Burundi