Access to information is not the biggest issue policy makers face in strengthening education systems: they have access to a plethora of toolkits, guidelines, best practices and evidence freely available online. Rather, for all of this knowledge to be useful, policy experts in GPE partner countries must participate in producing such knowledge products and develop the skills required to improve the utility of global public goods by adapting them to their own national context.
This is where the KIX Europe, Asia and the Pacific (EAP) hub’s learning cycles come in.
Learning cycles are hands-on professional development opportunities where representatives from government, the research community and civil society have direct access to the mentorship and instruction of international experts.
Over the course of several weeks, a series of workshops allows participants to adopt a “learn-by-doing” approach: country groups build on each other’s learning – and the expertise of instructors – to produce tangible, useful knowledge products that support the strengthening of their own national education system.
Among other topics, learning cycles have focused on making curricular reforms more systematic and tailored to the needs of the 21st century, as well as making better use of data in education policy and planning to address inequity, including the urban/rural divide. To make learning cycles as useful as possible, the EAP hub uses a targeted recruitment strategy to identify the most relevant government offices and reviews applications to build effective country groups.