ADEA, partners launch 2017-18 Africa Education Reserach Award

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The competition for the 3rd and 4th editions of the Education Research in Africa Award (ERAA) is now open, the African Development Bank (AfDB) said Wednesday.

Launched in 2012, the Award aims to promote high quality education research, produced by African universities, research centers and research networks.

There are four award categories: (1) emerging educational researcher, (2) accomplished educational researcher, (3) outstanding mentor of educational researchers, and (4) enabling institutional environment for education research.

Applicants’ research can focus on a wide range of thematic areas, but the following will receive special attention: technical and vocational skills development (TVSD); early childhood development and education (ECDE); information and communication technology (ICT).

It can also focus on science, technology and innovation (STI); gender issues; special education needs; teacher training and the teaching profession.

This year, the Award will also give special attention to education, training or capacity building work related to the African Development Bank’s five operational priorities.

The operational priorities, known as the High 5s, are energy, food and agriculture, industrialization, continental integration and improving the quality of life for the people.

The terms and conditions of participation in the competition are available online at:

The organizing committee says it strongly encourages female candidates to apply.

Research on education is crucial for African education systems. It provides decision-makers with the information they need to tailor policy, conduct reforms and enhance the quality, equity, relevance and efficiency of their education and training systems., the bank says in press statement from Abidjan.

Yet, education research in Africa remains limited and underused, according to the Bank.

The main drawbacks are inadequate institutional environment for education research and the weak involvement of higher education in the policy-making process.

The objectives of the Education Research in Africa Award are:

It is ERAA’s main goal to develop a culture of quality research which would contribute to informed decision-making and to effective implementation of promising reforms and practices.

The Award is organized by the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and the African Development Institute (ECAD) of the African Development Bank Group, with financial support from the Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation (KOAFEC).
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