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Marianne at RELI convening

Last month, VVOB in Uganda became the newest member of the Regional Education Learning Initiative for East Africa (RELI). The membership was unveiled at RELI’s annual members convening in Kampala, where we gave insights into how we redesigned and rescheduled activities in the wake of COVID-19.

It’s a match

The RELI partnership focuses on policy engagement and building evidence of what works, two areas close to VVOB’s heart:


Policy engagement is a core task of our VVOB teams worldwide: within countries, through daily interactions with our partners at the ministries of education or participation in Education Development Partners groups; across countries through membership of for example the Global Partnership for Education Knowledge and Innovation (KIX) Hub for Anglophone Africa; and globally through our seat in the steering committee of the International Teacher Task Force.


Moreover, VVOB invests heavily in learning together and developing substantial data of what works. VVOB maintains knowledge partnerships with the REAL Centre at the University of Cambridge, the Australian Council for Educational Research, KU Leuven University, and several African universities, including the University of Rwanda – College of Education, Rhodes University, and the University of Witwatersrand.

VVOB brings to RELI solid strategies to transform ourselves and all members into change agents for equitable quality education in Africa, and beyond

VVOB’s first time at RELI annual convening

The 2020 convening was characterised by presentations, group discussions and policy conversations with officials from the Ministry of Education and Sports. It was a special moment for RELI members to rekindle and share experiences on their collaborative initiatives. It was also an ideal time for RELI Uganda Country Coordinator Dr. Mary Goretti Nakabugo to announce VVOB as the newest member. VVOB was allocated a slot in all the three thematic groups of: Values and Life Skills, Secondary Education and the Accountability cluster under RELI Africa.

Some long-standing VVOB friends are also members of RELI, including Aflatoun, Dignitas, Education Development Center, Educate!, PAL Network, STiR Education and UWEZO! VVOB is looking forward to strengthening existing partnerships as well as creating new ones.

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