KIX Africa 19 hub

Primary school students consult a book in class in Nyeri County, Kenya.
Kelley Lynch/GPE

The Global Partnership for Education Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX), a joint endeavour between the Global Partnership for Education and IDRC, aims to contribute to the improvement of education policy and practice in the Global South.

A key component of KIX is a knowledge sharing and exchange function, where country representatives come together to share information, innovation, and best practices related to education policy and programming and to inform knowledge gaps and policy priorities. Four regional hubs act as knowledge brokering units for KIX. This page provides information on the hub that primarily oversees activities in East, South, and West Africa.

Hub details

Consortium: UNESCO, UNICEF, African Union

Region: East, South, and West Africa

Countries: Eritrea, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia (Somaliland and Puntland), South Sudan, Tanzania (mainland and Zanzibar), Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Who are we?

The KIX Africa 19 hub facilitates cross-country knowledge exchange and mobilization, learning, synthesis, and collaboration among national education stakeholders in 19 Global Partnership for Education partner countries in eastern, southern, and western Africa. The hub functions as a regional forum within KIX.

A consortium of three organizations manages the Africa 19 hub:

What do we do?

The hub will address challenges faced by countries in sub-Saharan Africa in terms of achieving  quality, inclusive, and equitable education for social transformation and development. A systemic approach will be applied that includes:

  • Engaging country partners to strengthen national education systems through participation in the hub.
  • Setting a regionally specific knowledge and innovation agenda that informs knowledge generation and sharing activities, analysis, and use of data and evidence in policy.
  • Strengthening the capacity of country partners to generate information and research, translate policies into practice, and develop innovative strategies to accelerate education progress.
  • Strengthening strategies and implementing activities to address gender and equity in the region.

About the region

Children’s access to education in sub-Saharan Africa had increased from 59% to 78% over the past decade, but these positive results are being affected by the temporary closure of most education systems due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learning achievement and quality of education remain alarmingly low, while improvements in access to education are also declining. Many countries face enormous challenges around teacher recruitment, management and professional development, enrolment at pre-primary and secondary levels, gender equity, and quality of learning processes and outcomes. These issues have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has strained education systems.

Africa’s education ambitions cannot be realized without building effective partnerships and fostering harmonized approaches to integrating Sustainable Development Goal 4 (ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all) into national education policies and strategies. This ambition requires innovation because of the scale, diversity, and rapidly changing educational needs amidst high rates of population growth and unemployment in most sub-Saharan African countries.

Setting regional priorities

The KIX Africa 19 hub will determine national priorities across six thematic areas:

  • strengthening learning assessment systems;
  • improving teaching and learning;
  • strengthening early childhood care and education;
  • achieving gender equality in and through education;
  • leaving no one behind; and
  • meeting the data challenge in education.

A scan of regional priorities will be conducted to provide up-to-date information on the major trends in data, evidence, and issues impacting the education needs of the hub’s 19 countries in each thematic area. The stocktaking process will identify shared regional policy challenges that are aligned with literature, expert opinions, and with key national education policymakers and stakeholders.

Specifically, this will involve:

  • Examining and compiling relevant research, evaluations, and innovations to generate priorities and areas of focus for the regional KIX hub. 
  • A review process using strategic and assessment documents such as national, regional, and global reports, country education sector plan reports, thematic papers, existing baseline studies, and documents previously produced by consortium members.

This page will be updated to reflect the priorities identified through this process.

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