KIX funding announced for research into education priorities and challenges in East, West and southern Africa

28 June 2021
Girls smiling
Credit: GPE/Kelley Lynch

The Global Partnership for Education Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) has selected six new projects from its recent call for proposals about generating and mobilizing innovative knowledge for education challenges in East, South and West Africa. The projects aim to build and mobilize knowledge as a response to the identified shared priorities in education in GPE member countries of the regional KIX hub for East, West and southern Africa (KIX Africa 19).  

Last year, the KIX Africa 19 hub conducted a targeted study to identify education challenges and priorities in the hub member countries. The process involved consultations with key national education policymakers, local education groups, and education experts. The following were the identified top priority areas: strengthening in-service teacher mentorship and support; increasing access to early childhood care and education for rural and marginalised children; increasing access to quality education for rural and marginalised children; and strengthening the utilisation of learning assessments. The consultation meetings, and the in-depth mapping report, informed the hub’s country engagement agenda and shaped the regional call for proposals focused on East, West and southern Africa.  

The selected projects propose different approaches with the goal of increasing the impact of education innovations in the countries that make up the KIX Africa 19 hub. It is expected that the lessons generated from the projects will not only be relevant to the region but also to other contexts beyond.  

More information on each of GPEKIX’s exciting new projects can be found below, with more updates on their activities to follow:   

Scaling a Youth-led Social Support and Mentorship Program to Improve Quality of Education for Marginalized Girls in Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe*

The Back2School Project: Scaling an Accelerated Learning Model for Out-of-School Girls in Rural Communities in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania  

A comparative study of accelerated education programs and girls’ focused education models in Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone  

Strengthening school based in-service teacher mentorship and support  

Adapting assessment into policy and learning (ADAPT): Adolescent 21st Century skills in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania* 

The Inclusive Home-based Early Learning Project  


*These projects will commence following the signage of the grant agreement.