The Global Partnership for Education’s Knowledge and Innovation Exchange hub for Anglophone Africa gains a motivated partner after VVOB joins its technical team alongside education champions such as FAWE, ADEA and Education International. Both in terms of partner countries and themes covered, VVOB looks forward to sharing our own evidence-based solutions for quality education as well as learning from others.
In early 2020, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) launched an exciting new way of connecting the expertise, innovation and knowledge of GPE partners. KIX – Knowledge and Innovation Exchange – brings global partners in the education sector together to share information, innovation and best practices through webinars and online meetings, online and in-person communities of practice, automated and e-learning modules, adaptive learning, after-action reviews, international benchmarking tours, and expert peer review.
In doing so, KIX supports countries to strengthen their education policies and practices, and overall education systems.
At the core of the KIX design are regional KIX hubs. Each KIX hub is a centralised regional forum that facilitates cross-country knowledge exchange, learning, and collaboration among key national education stakeholders.
Regional KIX hubs
Africa 21: A consortium comprised of the Institute de la Francophonie pour l'éducation et la formation (IFEF), Conférence des Ministres de l'Éducation des États et gouvernements de la Francophonie (Confemen) and the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) manage the Hub that oversees activities for 21 GPE partner countries, primarily Francophone.
Asia-Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia: The Network for international policies and cooperation in education and training (NORRAG) manages the Hub that oversees activities in 21 GPE partner countries.
Latin America and the Caribbean: A consortium comprised of SUMMA, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will manage the Hub that oversees activities in eight GPE partner countries.
VVOB joins Africa 19 hub
In March, the consortium partners of the KIX Africa 19 hub UNESCO, UNICEF and the African Union invited VVOB to further strengthen their team as a technical partner.
The KIX hub collects, generates, exchanges and facilitates effective use of evidence-based data, knowledge and innovation for education policy formulation and implementation along six thematic lines:
- Strengthening learning assessment systems
- Improving teaching and learning
- Strengthening early childhood care and education
- Achieving gender equality in and through education
- Leaving no one behind
- Meeting the data challenge in education
“As part of the regional technical team, we provide guidance and technical support on these specific themes to the focal points and representatives of GPE partner countries”, VVOB Partnerships Manager Anna Murru elaborates. “We identify challenges, reinforce education capacities, and explore available knowledge, innovations and solutions per theme. We then support the dissemination of that knowledge and those innovations across the countries of the regional Africa 19 hub and ensure the necessary technical expertise is made available to the partner countries and their local education stakeholders.”
As part of the KIX Africa 19 hub’s technical team, VVOB is proud to stand alongside partner education champions Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), African Early Childhood Network (AfECN), Africa Capacity Building Fund, African Union Pan-African Institute of Education for Development (AU-IPED), Education International, the Association for Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), the Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ) and UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS).
The KIX Africa 19 hub covers Eritrea, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia (Somaliland and Puntland), South Sudan, Tanzania (mainland and Zanzibar), Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.