Working Group on Education Research and Policy Analysis (WGERPA)

The Working Group on Education Research and Policy Analysis no longer exists. It was created in 1989 and dissolved in 2000. 

The general objective of the working group is to provide policy makers and educational practitioners with empirical evidence to guide them in the elaboration of sound policies and viable programs providing not only basic literacy skills, but also the technical training and savoir-faire allowing African populations to manage their own affairs and perpetuate development into the 21st century.

The working group's specific goals include promoting the use of research findings and knowledge in policy formulation and implementation, opening channels of communication between producers and consumers of research and encouraging research and policy analysis by African researchers, education research networks and funding agencies. The working group also functions as an arena for dialogue and exchange between researchers and policy-makers.

PUBLICATIONS

Languages of Instruction: Policy Implications for Education in Africa
ADEA Working Group on Educational Research and Policy Analysis. IDRC (International Development Research Center) 1997. Bilingual publication (French/English).

This is the result of a study exploring the use of African languages in education and the policy experience of six African countries: Botswana, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania. The study was conducted by three African academics in preparation of the Pan-African Conference on Issues and Perspectives of the Use of African Languages in Education held in Accra, Ghana, August 26 to 30, 1996. Problems experienced in the implementation of programs dealing with languages of instruction as well as lessons learned are summarized in the final chapter.

The Status of Educational Research and Policy Analysis in Sub-Saharan Africa
by Katherine Namuddu and J.M. Sibry Tapsoba.
International Development Research Centre, 1993.

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