Virtual official launch of the KIX Observatory on COVID-19 Responses in Educational Systems in Africa

17 November 2020
12:00PM to 2:00PM (GMT)

In the midst of the COVID-19 health crisis, a Consortium comprising of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and the African Union’s International Centre for Girls’ and Women’s Education in Africa (AU/CIEFFA), with technical support from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), has been setup to develop and manage the Global Partnership for Education Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) Observatory on COVID-19 responses in the educational systems in Africa.

The KIX observatory will focus on collecting, synthesizing and mobilizing information and evidence about COVID-19 responses in primary and secondary education to inform policy and practice in 41 GPE partner countries on the African continent.

The Consortium will officially launch the KIX Observatory on Tuesday November 17th at 12:00 p.m. (GMT) via Zoom.

The virtual meeting will be an opportunity for the GPE member countries – represented by selected Ministers of Education – to share the latest efforts and strategies undertaken towards the reopening of education and learning institutions.

The envisioned role of the Observatory is to act as a catalyst and a one-stop-shop for the learning and sharing of information and knowledge to promote policies, strategies, and practices that have been proven to effectively meet the needs created by COVID-19.

The launch also aims at providing a setting for developing partnerships that will help advance and strengthen the resilience of education systems in Africa to face possible future pandemics or crises.

Approximately 200 participants are expected to attend the virtual launch of the KIX Observatory, including African Ministers in charge of education, development partners, research institutions, and representatives of the private sector, foundations, civil society organizations, and the media.

The Observatory is part of the Global Partnership for Education Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX), a joint initiative with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The goal of KIX is to strengthen national education systems and accelerate educational progress in the Global South by filling knowledge gaps, increasing access to evidence, and strengthening systems to support the generation and uptake of evidence and innovations in GPE partner countries.

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Live Broadcast:

The event will be accessible via the platform Zoom and simultaneous translation will be provided in English and French.

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