Recent Blogs

▸ Published on 12 April 2024

▸ Author(s): Amina Yekhlef, John Mugo, Mary Chepkemoi, Petrine Addae

In celebrating the African Union Year of Education (AU YoE), the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and Education Sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA) unite to spotlight the power of research in advancing the agenda of early skill acquisition in Africa.

▸ Published on 09 April 2024

▸ Author(s): Christopher Thomas, Ruth Kagia

Africa has the youngest and fastest growing population of young people globally. By 2050, about 40% of all the persons aged 0-19 in the world will be African and by the end of this century, Africa’s working-age population will constitute 24 percent of the global total, up from 14 percent in 2020.

▸ Published on 21 December 2023

▸ Author(s): Chinedu Anarado, Jacqueline Folotiya

The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) and the Government of Zambia, through the Ministry of Education, held the 2023 High-Level Policy Dialogue Forum (HLDF) on Foundational Learning in Lusaka in late October/early November. It was a well-attended conference that convened the who-is-who on foundational learning (FL) in Africa.

▸ Published on 10 November 2023

▸ Author(s): Amina Yekhlef, Education Finance Network

Non-state actors play a pivotal role in driving innovation in education in low- and middle-income countries. Whereas Non-Governmental Organizations, private enterprises, and community groups can experiment with new approaches and tailor programs to local needs, governments often face resource constraints and bureaucratic challenges that hinder the development and implementation of innovations. 

▸ Published on 01 September 2023

▸ Author(s): Lydia Namatende-Sakwa, Moses Ngware

Educational systems in Africa witnessed unprecedented disruptions due to COVID-19. Almost 300 million learners from Africa were forced out of classrooms for over a year.

▸ Published on 01 September 2023

▸ Author(s): Elisheba Kiru, Patricia Kitsao-Wekulo

The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on learning cannot be overstated or accurately quantified due to inadequate metrics. The pandemic hit the African continent between late February and early March 2020. The school calendar’s first term was winding down in the eastern part of the continent: specifically, Kenya. 

▸ Published on 22 May 2023

▸ Author(s): Albert Nsengiyumva, Chinedu Anarado, Oswald Rutayisire, Shem Bodo

On the 5th of May 2023, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to the COVID-19 Health Emergency. It marked an official end to a challenging period when humanity tried to maintain a semblance of normalcy amidst a relatively new disease outbreak that necessitated adaptive management approaches to try and cope. 

▸ Published on 13 April 2023

▸ Author(s): Shem Bodo

A key consensus from the Africa Evidence Forum on Foundational Learning, organized by What Works Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, is that ‘No fundamental change in education can happen without teachers.’ This was the position canvassed by Shem Bodo, ADEA’s Senior Programs Officer. 

▸ Published on 07 March 2023

▸ Author(s): Linda Zuze

In October 2022, I participated in an education conference hosted by the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA). The ADEA Triennale is a uniquely African event, where education leaders discuss ways to improve the quality of education on the continent.

▸ Published on 22 February 2023

▸ Author(s): Ephraim Daka

According to the African Union, between 60 and 80% of Africa's population live in rural areas. Rural and distant learners are left without e-learning opportunities due to infrastructure limitations, mainly due to limited or no internet connection.

▸ Published on 24 January 2023

▸ Author(s): Albert Nsengiyumva

Today is International Education Day, a day set aside by the United Nations in 2018 to advocate for quality education and the importance of learning in addressing global learning challenges. On this day, ADEA joins global education stakeholders in advocacy and solidarity to draw attention to the learning crisis facing Africa.

▸ Published on 11 November 2022

▸ Author(s): David Chukwuma Izuogu, Priscilla Bretuo, Ronald Omuthe, Samuel Asare

To provide up-to-date information on research available for the purposes of education planning, the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre at the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with the charity Education Sub Saharan Africa (ESSA), has updated the African Education Research Database.