KIX EMAP Webinar 19: Advancing Gender Equity and Social Inclusion: Evidence-Based Education Research in South Asia, Middle East and North Africa

March 27 2024 12:00 pm - 02:00 pm CET
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The webinar will be conducted in English with interpretation in Arabic.  

The 19th KIX EMAP Webinar will focus on evidence-based research in the region that can contribute to strengthening different aspects of an education system and that can have a direct impact on gender equity and social inclusion in the South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa (SAMENA) Sub-Region. Key speakers include KIX researchers and KIX EMAP Hub local experts from government, academia and civil society, and representatives from partner organizations to ensure diversity in perspectives and expertise. The webinar will present real-world examples of innovations in countries like Bangladesh, Egypt, Pakistan and Yemen. More information about the webinar and its agenda will follow shortly. 



Rokeya Akhter, Executive Director of the South Asian Institute for Social Transformation (SAIST) 

Rokeya is an experienced professional in the field of education and social development. She holds a Ph.D. in Multiple Education Systems, and Sociological analysis of new trends of  Social Structures. She has dedicated her career to advocating for quality education, education for all. Rokeya has conducted extensive research on inclusive education practices and has been involved in several projects aimed at improving educational opportunities for marginalized communities. She had been the country project leader of the applied research project titled, Effectiveness and Scalability of Programs for Children Who Are Out of School and at Risk of Dropping Out in Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal with the IDRC grants. Her work in the development sector has been recognized nationally and internationally, either for formal and non formal education or her career with the UN system for the country status for gender equality and rural women's empowerment. She continues to inspire others through her commitment to creating a more equitable and inclusive society.  

Zahid Majeed, Director, Academic Planning and Course Production at Allama Iqbal Open University  

Zahid, an accomplished professional in special/inclusive education, serves as Associate Professor at Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad. He holds a Ph.D. in Special /Inclusive Education from AIOU and international degrees from Roehampton University, London, Charles University, Czech Republic, and Fontys International, Holland, showcasing his commitment to advancing knowledge and expertise in the field. Zahid’s roles include Director of Academic Planning and Course Production, Director of International Collaboration & Exchange Office, and freelance consultant. Engagement with UNESCO in Paris, where he served as a reviewer for the 'Guidelines Learning for All: Guidelines on the Inclusion of Learners with Disabilities in Open and Distance Learning. This involvement reflects his commitment to promoting inclusive education practices on a global scale. Participated in over 100 conferences, Zahid shapes education through research and collaboration, nationally and internationally, underscoring his commitment to inclusive education's advancement. In 2019, Zahid undertook a consultancy project in Inclusive Education in Afghanistan and currently, he is engaged in a country lead role for the KIX/IDRC, Canada. 

Radhwan Alsharef, Assistant professor at the Faculty of Education and Humanities, Hajjah University 

Radwan held several administrative positions including educational advisor and chairman of English language department and he has a long experience as a teacher trainer, electronic curriculum developer and instructor of many courses related to educational programs planning and evaluation, teaching methods, education data and principles of educational research. He has participated in developing several educational and academic programs at universities and national educational institutions. Working as a consultant of scientific research for Yemen National Commission, he proposed and supervised two electronic learning initiatives/applications for primary and secondary school students in coordination with YNC for UNESCO-Sana'a. Additionally, he participated in some local and international scientific conferences, he has a keen research interest in education for sustainable development, e-learning and education in emergencies. Beside being an INEE member, Radwan is a KIX researcher and Yemen coordinator of KIX EMAP Learning Cycle 4, 2022-2023. He also has worked as an educational data management expert and EMIS consultant for the Ministry of Education-Yemen. 

Zahida Batool, Deputy Director Planning, QAED 

Zahida Batool is a dynamic and dedicated education professional currently serving as the Deputy Director Planning & Coordination at the Quaid-e-Azam Academy for Educational Development (QAED), Govt. of Punjab. With a rich and diverse background in both public and private education systems, Zahida has emerged as a multifaceted leader in the realm of education. Zahida brings a wealth of experience to her role, having served in various capacities within the education sector including a visionary education leader – a teacher, trainer, material developer, and advocate for sustainable development. As a validated trainer, Zahida has played a pivotal role in shaping the professional development of educators. Her expertise extends beyond the confines of traditional classrooms, as she actively engages in running projects related to Foundational Literacy and Numeracy, Inclusive Education, School Leadership Development, and Community Engagement. Her involvement in policy dialogues, webinars and panel discussions on education-related matters showcases her thought leadership and her commitment to contributing to the ongoing discourse surrounding educational policies and reforms. 


Anyone is eligible to participate. The webinar is particularly aimed at policy makers, education stakeholders, teachers and academic researchers located in the SAMENA region. To access the webinar, you need to register in advance. Please spread the news about this event to your colleagues and in case of any inquiries, please contact us at 

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