Announcement: KIX Continental Research Symposium on Learning Outcomes in SSA

October 04 2022 09:00 am - October 06 2022 05:00 pm EAT
Addis Ababa
Credit: KIX Africa 19

The KIX Africa 19 and the KIX Africa 21 Hubs are pleased to announce and launch a call for research abstracts and presentations for the upcoming GPE KIX Continental Research Symposium on “Reimagining educational research and innovation for a better impact on learning outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa”, to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from October 4 – 6, 2022. The KIX Continental Research Symposium is for GPE countries in the two hub regions (see list of countries below). Candidates from these 39 GPE countries in sub-Saharan Africa are invited to submit research abstracts for consideration.

The objectives of the research symposium are to:

  1. Give increased visibility to recent and emerging national research, innovations, and good practices in raising learning outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa;
  2. Promote continental learning and discussion between national policy actors, researchers, and practitioners within and between the KIX Africa 19 and KIX Africa 21 Hubs, about evidence, research, and strategies to raise children’s learning outcomes;
  3. Promote the use of regional and national research in policymaking by national policy actors;
  4. Strengthen the research, knowledge, and evidence bases of the KIX Africa 19 and KIX Africa 21 Hubs with research and knowledge from within and across countries, to bridge knowledge gaps;
  5. Envision possibilities for raising learning outcomes in the face of contextual challenges, including but not limited to the COVID-19 pandemic, in sub-Saharan Africa.

The symposium will focus on research about innovations that raise students’ learning outcomes in the KIX Africa 19 and KIX Africa 21 Hub regions in Sub-Saharan Africa. This crucial and foundational theme may be approached from multiple entry points and sub-themes, including:

  • Proven innovations in improving learning and teaching in Sub-Saharan African contexts;
  • Quality teacher education and professional development programs and support mechanisms, as measured by learning outcomes;
  • The quality of national curriculum and assessment (formative, diagnostic, and summative), as measured by student learning;
  • Addressing diversity, inclusion, and equity through proven strategies that raise outcomes for marginalized learners such as girls, students with disabilities, and socially or economically disadvantaged students;
  • The link between languages of instruction (mother tongues, minoritized languages, French, English, Portuguese, etc.) and learning outcomes;
  • Remedial or alternative strategies that raise student learning outcomes after disruptions from emergencies, climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, conflict, and other health and social crises;
  • Research to inform leadership, governance, and policy on students’ learning outcomes.

Candidates from universities, research institutions, governments, civil society organisations, local education groups, and KIX global grantees in the countries of the KIX Africa 19 and KIX Africa 21 Hubs are invited to submit abstracts for research paper presentations by July 8, 2022, to and The abstracts will be evaluated by a scientific and technical committee, and successful presenters will be notified by July 29 and expected to submit their research papers or presentations by September 2, 2022. See the attached Call for Abstracts in English and French for submission requirements.

Any questions relating to this call must be sent by e-mail to the e-mail address below: and See the flyer in English and French for a summary of all information.

The KIX Africa 19 Hub comprises the following partner countries in English-speaking Africa: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia (Somaliland and Puntland), South Sudan, Tanzania (mainland and Zanzibar), Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The KIX Africa 21 Hub includes the following partner countries in Francophone Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Togo, and Sao Tome and Principe.