Africa Fellows in Education Program (AFEP)

PEP, in partnership with the Global Education Analytics Institute (GEAI), is hosting the Africa Fellows in Education Program (AFEP), a two-year initiative to address the local capacity gap and enhance education decision-making processes across Sub-Saharan Africa. The program will support a network of Africa-based fellows, equipping them with advanced skills in evaluating educational research, developing performance data, and engaging local stakeholder to integrate evidence into decision-making.

By cultivating a network of local researchers across the continent, this program, which emphasizes the importance of context-specific evidence in decision-making, aims to facilitate policy improvements. The fellows will not only identify and produce high-quality research for education decision-making, but also engage in active outreach to policymakers and civil society actors, advocating for analytically sound local policies.

This program will foster a network of Africa-based leaders, building their capacity for developing evidence and shaping educational policies relevant to their countries. The leaders will join a global network of experts and help cultivate strong advocates for improving schools on the local level.

The GEAI and the Africa Fellows in Education Program (AFEP) is supported by funding from the Yidan Prize.

Addressing educational challenges across Sub-Saharan Africa

A skilled population is essential for long-term economic development, yet many developing countries, particularly in Africa, grapple with the low quality education. Many students complete primary school without acquiring functional literacy and numeracy skills, indicating a struggling educational system. To tackle this, transparent and useful data from student assessments is a critical first step in improving school performance. However, factors like costs and capacity constraints often result in a lack of national testing and participation in regional or international assessments.

While some of these challenges are being addressed by regional and international organizations, there's still a significant gap in local capacity to effectively use student outcome data to improve policies and education systems. With an emphasis on policy impact, this program aims to contribute to the sustainable development of evidence-informed research to improve schools.

AFEP 2023 Fellows

    The following four fellows have been selected to participate in the AFEP 2023/2024 cycle. We extend our congratulations to the inaugural cohort of Africa Fellows, and we look forward to collaborating with this talented group and contributing to the advancement of their research.

    1. Heleen Hofmeyr (South Africa)
    2. Jaah Mkupete (Tanzania)
    3. Amadou Jallow (Gambia)
    4. Yselle Flora  Malah Kuete (Cameroon)


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