Dr Pierre-Jean Loiret is a lecturer in educational sciences. He is Deputy Director of the Educational Innovation department at the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF). The AUF is a development agency, specializing in higher education with 780 member institutions and operate in 94 countries. Dr. Loiret is a spcialist in distance learning and the use of technology in teaching. In his research, he looks into the conditions for successful educational projects, particularly in Africa, and measures disparities between institutional discourse and communication and on-the-ground realities. He is the coordinator of the “Initiative for distance training of teachers in Francophone countries” (IFADEM), which is jointly piloted by AUF and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). IFADEM participates in international efforts to achieve basic quality education for all and aims to improve the skills of teachers in teaching French, and teaching in French.