The Learning Exchange
The Learning Exchange is a powerful partnership platform for learning and innovation. It will:
- consolidate, curate and broker knowledge from across the partnership to build capacity for better policy design and implementation
- reinforce the effectiveness of GPE’s support to partner countries for better sector planning, systems strengthening, and sector monitoring
- support knowledge exchange through the creation of learning modules, curation and synthesis of data and evidence, peer exchange and publications
- include a knowledge hub that will act as a digital clearinghouse for knowledge products, tools and resources from across the GPE partnership.
Knowledge and Innovation Funding
Thematic funding will support global and regional initiatives that use knowledge exchange, evidence, and innovation to help developing countries solve critical educational challenges in 6 thematic areas:
- Learning assessment systems
- Data systems
- Early childhood care
- Gender and equality
- Teaching and learning
- Equity and inclusion.
Thematic funding will support:
- Capacity development and knowledge exchange among developing countries: activities that strengthen national capacity through peer review and exchange; creation of learning modules and diagnostic tools, and face-to-face exchange.
- Evidence and evaluation: activities that aim to consolidate and/or extend knowledge about how to improve educational outcomes and national education systems.
- Innovation pilots. Piloting of approaches, methods, tools or products that solve persistent educational challenges.
Investments will be guided by the priorities of developing countries and allocated through a competitive process. Knowledge products, innovation pilots, and related tools developed through KIX funding will be shared through the Learning Exchange to amplify their uptake.
KIX design process and timeline
The KIX mechanism is being designed through consultations with developing country partners, other Board constituencies and expert focus groups (comprised of country partners and technical experts) between May and July (for the Learning Exchange) and May and September (for Knowledge and Innovation Funding).
A high-level holistic design will be developed by an external firm by mid-July 2018 for review and approval by the GPE Strategy and Impact Committee.
Following the selection of a grant agent for KIX in July, the grant agent will complete the design for KIX and submit a full proposal for review by the Strategy and Impact Committee in October, followed by presentation to the Board for approval in December 2018.
KIX will be operational from January 2019.
KIX grant agent applications:
- GPE has issued a call for expressions of interest for grant agent applications for KIX.
- Letter of invitation
- KIX grant agent terms of reference
Candidates need to confirm interest by Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 17h00 ET and submit applications by Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 17h00 ET.
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Ongoing knowledge initiatives
Knowledge work has been piloted in the areas of early education, gender equality and learning assessment through the following initiatives:
Better early learning and development at scale (BELDS): BELDS encourages GPE partner countries to engage in a cross-national dialogue on early childhood care and education (ECCE). During planning and program design, countries eligible for new GPE grants can share best practices and innovative approaches to addressing ECCE challenges. Countries can also receive small grants to strengthen the inclusion of ECCE in GPE grant applications for sector analysis and planning.
Gender-responsive education sector plans: This work aims to strengthen the capacity of partner countries to advance gender equality in and through their education systems, and contribute to global knowledge on this topic. This includes support to trainings and workshops to roll out the UNGEI-GPE Guidance for Developing Gender-Responsive Education Sector Plans, developing and sharing knowledge products on gender equality in education, and facilitating cross-national knowledge exchange.
Assessment for Learning (A4L): A4L seeks to build capacity for national learning assessment systems to measure and improve learning. A4L provides technical and financial assistance to support sector planning and analysis, capacity building and knowledge exchange at the regional level, as well as promote comprehensive measurements of learning.
Other knowledge activities
- The Global and Regional Activities (GRA) program supports education stakeholders in researching and applying new knowledge and evidence-based practices to education challenges in selected areas.
- Developing country partner (DCP) meetings are unique global gatherings of education planners from 65+ ministries of education in GPE partner countries, alongside development partners. The meetings are convened ahead of GPE Board of Directors' meetings and serve a dual purpose:
- a platform for consultation, coordination and communication on GPE governance matters to feed into GPE Board meetings.
- a platform for peer-to-peer learning. A third of DCP meetings is dedicated to knowledge exchange, where country experiences are leveraged to drive knowledge and learning about national and global level innovations.
- The GPE webinar series fosters knowledge exchange and sharing of good practices across the partnership. The series is based on demand from partners and hosts global and nationally-focused webinars on an alternating monthly schedule. For further information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org